Surprise! One Of These 8 Women Will Play For Wimbledon Championship
Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard were the first to fall. Then went Ekaterina Makarova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alize Cornet. And finally, it was Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova. The bottom half of the Wimbledon women's singles draw, already considered the lighter half coming into the tournament, has been rocked by upsets.
It's not exactly an elite eight, but one of these women will be playing for the Wimbledon title on Saturday. Take a look:
Caroline Wozniacki, No. 5 seed
2015 record before Wimbledon: 27-12
Wimbledon record prior to 2015: 16-8
How she got here: Wozniacki, owner of 23 WTA titles but zero Grand Slams, hasn't lost a set in her march to the Round of 16, beating Saisai Zheng, Denisa Allertova and Camila Giorgi with little trouble.
What's next? Wozniacki, who won the junior title at the All England Club in 2006, has yet to make it to the quarterfinals in the women's draw. Now the former No. 1 is a win away. Garbine Muguruza, who is 2-1 against Wozniacki, stands in the way.
Garbine Muguruza, No. 20 seed
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 21-12
Wimbledon record before 2015: 1-2
How she got here: The Spaniard, who has made a name for herself at the French Open with two straight quarterfinal appearances and a stunning win over Serena Williams in 2014, is having her best showing at Wimbledon. She has taken out American Varvara Lepchenko, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber, considered a contender coming in. Prior to her run to the round of 16, Muguruza's lone Wimbledon win was in 2013, beating Great Britain's Anne Keothavong, who was ranked 217th at the time.
What's next? The 21-year-old Muguruza takes on the 24-year-old Wozniacki in the round of 16. Expect a contrast in styles. Through three rounds, the aggressive Muguruza has 95 winners to 80 unforced errors while the steady Wozniacki has 43 winners to 23 unforced errors.
Timea Bacsinszky, No. 15 seed
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 32-7
Wimbledon record before 2015: 3-5
How she got here: Coming off a run to the French Open semifinals, Bacsinszky has dropped just 15 games in three wins over Julia Goerges, Sílvia Soler Espinosa and Sabine Lisicki, the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up. In her 20 Grand Slam appearances before the French Open, Bacsinszky had never survived beyond the third round. She's won two of her three career titles in 2015.
What's next? The 26-year-old Bacsinszky faces the tricky Monica Niculescu in the round of 16. Bacsinszky has just one win in their five career matches.
Monica Niculescu, unseeded
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 16-16
Wimbledon record before 2015: 3-7
How she got here: Niculescu, who earlier this year gave Serena Williams all she could handle in her first match back at Indian Wells, hasn't faced a seeded player yet. She beat Monica Puig, Jana Cepelova (who upset Simona Halep) and Kristyna Pliskova, surrendering just one set along the way.
What's next? Niculescu, who has lost in the first round of Wimbledon each of the last three years, takes on Bacsinszky in the Round of 16 Monday. Niculescu, ranked 48th in the world, will bring a vicious slice forehand to Court 18, a shot that will stay low and test the high-riding Bacsinszky.
Olga Govortsova, unseeded
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 30-11
Wimbledon record before 2015: 3-8
How she got here: Govortsova dropped just two games in a first-round win over Andreea Mitu, then upset 25th-seeded Alize Cornet in round 2 and topped Magdalena Rybarikova in the third round. With those three wins, Govortsova already has matched her win total from her previous eight Wimbledon appearances combined.
What's next? The 26-year-old Belarusian, ranked 122nd in the world, faces her toughest opponent yet in rising American star Madison Keys, 20. Their only previous match, back in 2012 in Miami, went three sets and was won by Keys.
Madison Keys, No. 21 seed
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 17-10
Wimbledon record before 2015: 4-2
How she got here: Keys dropped the first set of her Wimbledon fortnight (to Stefanie Vogele), but she has since won six straight. It has been a breakout year for the big-hitting, big-serving, fast-moving young American, who made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open in January before falling to Serena Williams.
What's next? Keys will be the favorite against Govortsova. The biggest trick may be trying to avoid looking ahead to her quarterfinal match, where she would encounter her first seed of the tournament.
Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 seed
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 22-15
Wimbledon record before 2015: 31-9
How she got here: With an utter dominance that had been missing most of the season. Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, dropped just 12 games through her first three matches, wins over Lucie Hradecka, Ajla Tomljanovic and Casey Dellacqua.
What's next? Not saying it's going to be easy, but it could have been a lot worse. On track to play two-time champion Petra Kvitova in the Round of 16, Radwanska now faces Jelena Jankovic instead. Radwanska, who parted ways with coach Martina Navratilova -- a nine-time Wimbledon singles champion -- in April, is 5-2 in her career against Jankovic.
Jelena Jankovic, No. 28 seed
2015 record coming into Wimbledon: 17-11
Wimbledon record before 2015: 17-11
How she got here: In exhausting fashion. The 30-year-old Serbian was pushed to a 10-8 third set by Elena Vesnina in the first round. She went three sets against Evgeniya Rodina in the second round. And then pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, a three-set victory over two-time and defending champion Petra Kvitova.
What's next? It'll be a matchup of former top-5 players in the round of 16 when Jankovic plays Radwanksa. Here's one thing we know for sure: Radwanksa will be the fresher of the two.