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Maria Sharapova versus Kim Clijsters?

Serena Williams versus Petra Kvitova?

 In the quarters?

If you want great tennis during the week this week, tune into the women's draw at Wimbledon. While the men's side seems fairly tame up until the semis, the women's draw is pressure packed, filled with great matches between fantastic stars.

All before the semi-finals! Amazing.

Even the round of sixteen has a couple of must-see matches, such as the battle between two former number ones: Ana Ivanovic, who is fighting her way back toward the top ten, and Victoria Azarenka, who seemed to own women's tennis at the start of 2012, only to falter of late.

And then there's the Angelique Kerber versus Kim Clijsters battle. Clijsters alone is worth the price of admission as she proves herself, once again, capable of playing at a top level, even after months away from the game. Kerber, meanwhile, is trying very hard to prove that she belongs in the upper echelons of the women's game. She's a player who, despite some excellent results, never seems to get mentioned with the top stars of the game.

I picked Kvitova to win it all so I am looking ahead with some anxiety to that possible quarter against Serena. I'm not sure the American has been playing her absolute best lately (her third round win over Jie Zheng certainly didn't suggest she's a dominant force at this point) and it's been her serve that has kept her on the winning side of some tough matches. Kvitova has the tools to counter that serve and, if Williams continues to bring nothing else, I see Kvitova winning there.

And then there's that enticing Sharapova-Clijsters possibility at the top of the draw. If Clijsters can get past Kerber (and there's no guarantee she will) she'll give Sharapova a real battle.

The women's side of the draw is still wide open, with any one of at least eight players standing a real chance of winning. How much more exciting can you get?

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