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Wimbledon 2018: Profiling the first-time Wimbledon quarter-finalists

  • Seven players will be making their Wimbledon quarter-final debuts in 2018
  • We take a look at all seven players and how they advanced to their first quarter-final at The Championships
Kei Nishikori (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2018 has been a Grand Slam littered with upsets in both the women’s and men’s field - and as such, there will multiple first-time Wimbledon quarter-finalists. Read on below as we profile those featuring in the last eight at SW19 for the first time.


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Men

Kevin Anderson (8)

Kevin Anderson (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Norbert Gombos (Q) 6-3 6-4 6-4
R2: d. Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4
R3: d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (25) 6-3 7-5 7-5
R16: d. Gael Monfils 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(4)
QFs: Faces Roger Federer (1)

Previous best Wimbledon result

R16 (2014, 2015, 2017)

The big-serving Anderson is the first South African into the Wimbledon quarter-finals in over two decades, with the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up continuing his stellar last 12 months that has seen him settle inside of the world’s top 10. Anderson’s lethal serve will always make him dangerous on the lawns, but unfortunately he runs into defending champion Roger Federer in the last eight - with the Swiss yet to drop serve, let alone a set, these Championships….

John Isner (9)

John Isner (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Yannick Maden (Q) 6-2 7-6(4) 7-5
R2: d. Ruben Bemelmans (Q) 6-1 6-4 6-7(6) 6-7(3) 7-5
R3: d. Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 6-4
R16: d. Stefanos Tsitsipas (31) 6-4 7-6(8) 7-6(4)
QFs: Faces Milos Raonic (13)

Previous best Wimbledon result

Third round (2014, 2015, 2016)

It’s taken him 25 Grand Slams, but Isner has finally returned to a quarter-final for the first time since the 2011 U.S. Open at Wimbledon this fortnight. The towering American has received an extremely kind draw it must be said, but Isner has messed up these kinds of opportunities before, so he deserves credit for taking his chances - and with a quarter-final showdown against Raonic, anything is possible (except for frequent breaks of serve).

Kei Nishikori (24)

Kei Nishikori (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Christian Harrison (Q) 6-2 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2
R2: d. Bernard Tomic (LL) 2-6 6-3 7-6(7) 7-5
R3: d. Nick Kyrgios (15) 6-1 7-6(3) 6-4
R16: d. Ernests Gulbis (Q) 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1
QFs: Faces Novak Djokovic (12)

Previous best Wimbledon result

R16 (2014, 2016)

Grass has never been the surface for Nishikori, but the Japanese superstar has produced his best tennis at Wimbledon this tournament after battling to four-set wins over qualifier Harrison and lucky loser Tomic. Nishikori played arguably his most impressive grass-court match in conquering Kyrgios in straight sets, while he overcame an elbow injury and some powerful tennis from a resurgent Gulbis to prevail in four and make his first quarter-final - where he will face off against Novak Djokovic, who he is 0-12 against since the 2014 U.S. Open…

Women

Daria Kasatkina (14)

Daria Kasatkina (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Jana Fett 6-2 7-5
R2: d. Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-3
R3: d. Ashleigh Barty (17) 7-5 6-3
R16: d. Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7(3) 6-3 6-2
QFs: Faces Angelique Kerber (11)

Previous best Wimbledon result

Third round (2016)

Kasatkina has been one of the most improved players on tour in 2018, with the rising Russian advancing into her second straight Grand Slam quarter-final after making it that far at Roland Garros last month. Also a runner-up at Indian Wells, Kasatkina is starting to fulfil her enormous potential - can she go even further at Wimbledon? She crushed Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 during her run to the Indian Wells final, so Kasatkina knows what it takes to beat the former World No. 1…

Kiki Bertens (20)

Kiki Bertens (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Barbora Stefkova (Q) 6-3 6-2
R2: d. Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-0
R3: d. Venus Williams (9) 6-2 6-7(5) 8-6
R16: d. Karolina Pliskova (7) 6-3 7-6(1)
QFs: Faces Julia Goerges (13)

Previous best Wimbledon result

Third round (2016)

All of the top 10 seeds were eliminated before the quarter-finals, and Kiki Bertens defeated two of them in Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova. Known as a clay-court specialist before this tournament, Bertens is loving the hot and dry conditions in London this fortnight and has been producing some fearsome tennis as she looks to replicate her run to the 2016 French Open semi-finals. With Julia Goerges coming up in the quarter-finals, we are guaranteed a first-time Wimbledon semi-finalist.

Julia Goerges (13)

Julia Goerges (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Monica Puig 6-4 7-6(7)
R2: d. Vera Lapko 6-3 3-6 6-2
R3: d. Barbora Strycova (23) 7-6(3) 3-6 10-8)
R16: d. Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2
QFs: Faces Kiki Bertens (20)

Previous best Wimbledon result

Third round (2011, 2012)

Incredibly, Goerges had lost in the first round in her last five visits to Wimbledon dating back to 2013. But the powerful German has found her best tennis on the lawns this tournament, continuing her consistent form over the last 18 months that has seen Goerges collect three WTA titles and crack the top 10. And with fellow first-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist Kiki Bertens waiting in the last eight, Goerges has an excellent chance to make a first major semi-final.

Camila Giorgi (Unseeded)

Camila Giorgi (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)


Road to QFs:

R1: d. Anastasija Sevastova (21) 6-1 2-6 6-4
R2: d. Madison Brengle 6-4 6-4
R3: d. Katerina Siniakova 3-6 7-6(6) 6-2
R16: d. Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-4
QFs: Faces Serena Williams (25)

Previous best Wimbledon result

R16 (2012)

Camila Giorgi has always had the talent and explosive power to make it deep at Wimbledon, and this season - in her eighth main draw appearance - the Italian has finally got it right. With multiple top 10 scalps under her belt throughout her career, Giorgi is one of those players that can play a top 10 level of tennis on any given day - it’s just she can’t do it consistently, which is why she’s never been ranked higher than No. 30. Confident and with nothing to lose, don’t discount her from giving Serena Williams a real battle in the quarter-finals.


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Wimbledon 2018: Profiling the first-time Wimbledon quarter-finalists

Wimbledon 2018 has been a Grand Slam littered with upsets in both the women’s and men’s field - and as such, there will multiple first-time Wimbledon quarter-finalists. Read on below as we profile those featuring in the last eight at SW19 for the first time.

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