Wimbledon: Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep face each other in the battle of the old ones.
A resurgent Victoria Azarenka is with his biggest test so far this year Wimbledon when he meets the former world number one Simona halep in the center of the court on Friday.
The pair has won twice in their careers and the last time they met was in the same place in the round of 16 two years ago, when the Romanian Halep triumphed in straight sets.
However, the seventh seed, Halep, has been pressured in her first two games this year (stretched in three sets by her compatriot Mihaela Buzarnescu in the previous round), while the specialist clay court struggles to adapt to the grass surface faster.
It's totally different, the game, Halep told reporters after his 6-3 4-6 6-2 win over Buzarnescu. I can not slide here as I like on the clay court. You do not have much time to think about the shots. You have to be very fast.
Halep has plummeted from first to seventh in the standings after a trophy without 2019, but Azarenka mistrusts the diminutive counter-puncher who prefers to stay behind the baseline and use his shot selection and coverage of the cut to grind opponents.
She is very good from the baseline, an intelligent player, moves very well, brings many balls back, said the Belarussian.
We had a few entertaining games. She is definitely a tough opponent ... She knows how to play big games.
In other games, 15-year-old American sensation Cori Gauff, who sent Venus Williams and semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, will also have a confrontation in the Central Court against Polona Hercog of Slovenia.
The first seed and defending champion, Novak Djokovic, continues his search for a fifth title in the All England The club against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, 22 years old, while Karolina Pliskova, third seed of women, faces Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan.