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After the traditional middle Sunday off, the second week of Wimbledon kicks off with “Manic Monday,” where the quarterfinal lineups will be decided for the men’s and women’s doubles.
A few mixed-doubles second-round matches are on tap, too. Victoria Azarenka will be there with her partner Jamie Murray. On Saturday, they defeated Roman Jebavy and Lucie Hradecka in three sets. Azarenka will look to equal her best mixed doubles showing at Wimbledon when she and two-time champ Murray take on Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, the seventh seeds.
Here’s a look at a few of the other matches on tap.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova vs. Andrea Hlavackova/Barbora Strycova (2)
Team Bucie looks like it hasn’t missed a beat through the first two rounds. Taking on Hlavackova and Strycova presents a true challenge. While the Czechs aren’t exactly longtime partners, they’ve spent more time on court together than Mattek-Sands and Safarova. Another upset—on paper—for the five-time major champions might not be in the cards just yet.
Ken Skupski/Neal Skupski vs. Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares (5)
Soares is up to his old tricks already in the tournament.
The fifth-seeded team has had a quiet season so far by their standards, but did reach the final in Queen’s Club. The Skupski brothers have also had a solid grass-court season with two finals between the Challenger and ATP circuits. This could be their time for a major breakthrough.
Mike Bryan/Jack Sock (7) vs. Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies
With all of the upsets that have hit the men’s event, Bryan and Sock are the highest seeds left in the bottom half of the men’s draw. It would appear they’re in good shape for a finals run, but Krawietz and Mies shouldn’t be taken too lightly. The Germans, who had to qualify for Wimbledon, have won 11 of their last 12 matches. Still, the experience of the Americans should be the determining factor in their chances to advance.
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