Continuing with the theme of Expected and Surprise, an applicable song would be Deborah Cox's "Nobody's supposed to be here". Some these players could not possibly be on anyone's bracket, except for family, friends and countrywomen.
The players breakdown:
- 4 players were not seeded.
- 1 seeded in the Top 32
- 1 seeded in the Top 16
- 2 seeded in the Top 8
Expected: Serena is the favorite in most tournaments and her road to get here has not been as rocky as anticipated when the draw was put together.
Surprise: Riske was in early trouble against Ash Barty in her previous match but she did not panic. At the end, it seemed effortless as if she caught Barty off-guard.
Prediction: Serena because its their first meeting and Riske's game is straight-forward. Opponents need a little trickery to beat Serena since most cannot overpower her.
Second Quarter - The Toss-Up Quarter
Barbora Strycova vs. Johanna Konta
Surprise: Strycova was down a set to Elise Mertens in a close contest and toughed it out, which is her signature.
Toss-Up: Konta continues to be the toss-up player that pushes through. The three-set win against Petra Kvitova means she's someone all remaining players have to take seriously.
Prediction: Konta though she lost their lone meeting two years ago. Strycova also has impressive wins this tournament. This continues to be the toss-up bracket.
Third Quarter -- The Forgotten Quarter
Elina Svitolina vs. Karolina Muchova
Expected: Svitolina rarely falters when she's the more experienced player and it showed latst round versus Petra Martic.
Surprise: Muchova stunned Karolina Pliskova who took her foot off the gas.
Prediction: Svitolina because this is now her big chance to win a major. Muchova lost to Svitolina earlier this year in their lone meeting and will need to plow straight through Svitolina to win this match.
Fourth Quarter - The Surprise Quarter
Simona Halep vs. Zhang Shuai
Expected: Halep beat Coco Gauff in straight sets but it was a tougher match than the score and completion time indicates.
Surprise: Zhang continues to surprise in her consistency, much more than she has shown this current year.
Prediction: Halep even though she's lost two out of three matches to Zhang. They have not played in three years and even though they match up well physically, Halep is familiar with the big stage.