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WTA Matches of the Day AO Day 7

Australian Open
by FedFan-Kim (U13266676) 22 January 2011
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While there are three major champions involved in the second half of the 4th Round today, its a match involving two players who are yet to reach a Grand Slam final that could be the WTA Match of the Day. Last year, current world number 9 Victoria Azarenka lost out to eventual champion Serena Williams in a dramatic quarterfinal, while number 11 Na Li knocked out the other Williams en route to the semis. They take each other on today for the third time (Li leads 2-1) in their bids to reach the quarterfinals for the second successive year.

Its a battle of the two most recent French Open champions on MCA, with Kuznetsova taking on Schiavone. But while the Russian brought out her best for most of her match to get past 7-times major champion Henin in the third round, Italian Schiavone has been struggling with an injury lately and may find it hard to stay with her fellow Roland Garros titlist in current form.

To kick off the RLA night session, another former champion Sharapova takes on rising German Andrea Petkovic. They have played each other on one previous occasion, when the Russian won in straight sets (Cincinnati 2010).


Look out for: Anastasija Sevastova. The 20-year-old Latvian is enjoying her best ever performance at a major (previous best: second round) and is yet to drop a set in the tournament. She knocked out world number 24 Wickmayer in the second round and in 2010 recorded upset wins over top ten players Stosur and Jankovic. Shes up against the current world number one today, first on Rod Laver Arena.


ROD LAVER ARENA
00:00 GMT
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasija Sevastova
Na Li vs. Victoria Azarenka

*NB. 08:00 GMT
Andrea Petkovic vs. Maria Sharapova

HISENSE ARENA
00:00 GMT
*[ATP Match 1 DOUBLES]
*[ATP Match 2]
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Francesca Schiavone


Link to the ATP thread: www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A80113...

Live scores: www.australianopen.com/en_AU...
OOP: www.australianopen.com/en_AU...
Draw: www.australianopen.com/en_AU...

Good luck to all players! cool

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posted Jan 23, 2011

"No way past Petko and if she does, absolutely no way past Caro!
Absolute certainty."

Your precious "Caro" is by no means past Schiavone. She may be tired but she'll fight for every point and attack Wozniaki. Plus, wasn't Kim getting beat by Safina one of your "Absolute certainties?" Not sure it panned out that way. In fact Dinara got completely panned! <laugh>

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posted Jan 23, 2011

Schiavone wont beat Caro but Li has definite possibilities. She runs down every ball like Caro. She doesnt make many mistakes like Caro. She doesnt have a huge shot like Caro. Will be an Alice-through-the looking glass style of match. Tough one to call I think.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 23, 2011

"Your precious "Caro" is by no means past Schiavone."

Anyone with the slightest understanding of womens' tennis, or others, anyone with the slightest experience of professional sport, would put any hopes of Schiavone beating Caro right to the back of their mind.

Travesty's do occur in sport and perhaps a lesson is 'never say never'.
However, if Schiavone can lift her leg above 45 degrees from perpendicular tomorrow I would be shocked and awestruck (and so would she, but moreso).

Schiavone's excursions, bar a token gesture quarter appearance in 2011 AO, are over.

She's at a career-high world #4 monday, only the second Italian of either gender to reach so high a ranking.
Schiavone's sensible, not greedy, world #4's a nice bonus for her when she peruses the rankings next monday morn.

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comment by liilak (U14547355)

posted Jan 23, 2011

C2, dear, the adults are talking here, go back to the garden.

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posted Jan 23, 2011

"Anyone with the slightest understanding of womens' tennis, or others, anyone with the slightest experience of professional sport, would put any hopes of Schiavone beating Caro right to the back of their mind."

Anyone with the slightest understanding of Womens tennis wouldn't state that Safina would beat Clijsters yet that is what you did so don't talk down to me! Amazonaria was right about you being "a self declared expert on the WTA"

"Schiavone's sensible, not greedy, world #4's a nice bonus for her when she peruses the rankings next monday morn."

You clearly have failed to understand that slams are more important than ranking points although I understand that your support of slamless number ones means you need to tow the party line so to speak. If you were to offer any player a top ranking or a slam they'd take the slam every time. Besides, if Schiavone has secured 4th place, what foes she have to lose by going for it against Wozniaki?

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posted Jan 23, 2011

"She doesnt make many mistakes like Caro."

You talking about the same Na Li?

She's capable of hitting the back fence if she's not on form. She can spray them anywhere.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 23, 2011

"Li has definite possibilities.."

I wouldn't write Na off totally.
Not like I now have Schiavone.

Petko's got that 'feel' and her win over Masha has put her on 'nine'.

Petko's moving forward, she's found her way.
Na?
I like Na, with Zheng Jie two of my fav's.
For me the moments with Petko.

Whether Petko can take it through Caro in the semis is a different proposition.
Let me see their quarters first.
How they are looking, how easily or with how much difficulty they progress to the semis.
Does Caro make it to the semis without dropping a set as I suspect?
Will Na cause Petko serious problems or minor ones, or very few problems at all?
it's a Caro/Petko semi for me and I need to watch a couple more matches to confirm (or otherwise) my persuasion for the outcome of their inevitable semi.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 23, 2011

"Does Caro make it to the semis without dropping a set as I suspect?

That is all-AO of course.
To the semis in 2011 AO without dropping a set.
In the real world, not Bet365's world, an almost 100/1-on proposition.

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comment by Sasha (U13722213)

posted Jan 23, 2011

C2, nobody cares anymore. People have (finally) realised that your opinion is just garbage with no weight behind it whatsoever. Have fun when none of your favourites actually achieve anything that will be remembered or cherished. flygurlbyegurl.

Na Li at 50% will blow Petkovic off the court. GURLBOOM. I ain't here for this mess.

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posted Jan 23, 2011

I predict Schiavone-Li and Clijsters-Zvonareva semis. As for who will win those is anyone's guess.
I'm not so confident on that Zvonareva prediction - could well be Kvitova instead.
The eventual winner? It would be nice to see Schiavone back up her French Open win; Li finally fulfill her potential; Clijsters get a well deserved non US Open and fourth slam or Zvonareva make her third straight major final. Whatever happens it will be new and interesting.

Quick fact: Chanda Rubin, after winning 16-14 in the final set of her 1996 Aus Open QF against Sanchez Vicario, nearly went on to beat no.1 seed Seles in the next round - in fact she was 5-1 up in the third!

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