WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up Wimbledon tips as Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic and Kazakhstan’s Elina Rybakina both chase a maiden grand slam semi berth.

Wimbledon Tips – Ajla Tomljanovic V Elina Rybakina

22:00 (AEST), Wed 6th Jul @ All England Club, Wimbledon

History: Played 1: Rybakina 1 V Tomljanovic

History: Madrid Masters, 2021 (R64): Rybakina d Tomljanovic 6-4 6-0

Final Thoughts: Ajla Tomljanovic and Elina Rybakina could hardly have been more impressive in reaching the respective second grand slam quarter-finals.

Tomljanovic’s breakout 2021 Wimbledon run was halted eventually by Ash Barty in the quarters, but the 29-year-old Aussie is back in the last eight again after a string of outstanding results. She blew 18th seed Jil Teichmann and qualifier Catherine Harrison off the court in straight sets.

Showing tremendous resilience, the big-hitting world No.44 came from a set down to beat 13th seed Barbora Krejcikova and Alize Cornet, who was coming of a stunning upset of world No.1 Iga Swiatek.

Rybakina, the 17th seed, made the quarters at last year’s French Open. After a modest grass-court build-up, she is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old has overwhelmed some well-credentialled opponents: Coco Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu, Quinwen Zheng and Petra Martic. Her strong serve and forehand have clicked over the past week.

Rybakina won the pair’s only previous encounter – a straight-sets result on clay at last year’s Madrid Masters.

In an even match-up, the higher-ranked Rybakina heads in as a warm favourite. But this is a huge opportunity for Tomljanovic that may not come around again – expect her to leave everything out on the All England Club courts in an absorbing duel.

Tip: Total – 3 Sets @ $2.40


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