While there are three major champions involved in the second half of the 4th Round today, it’s 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.
It’s 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. She’s up against the current world number one today, first on Rod Laver Arena.
ROD LAVER ARENA
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasija Sevastova
Na Li vs. Victoria Azarenka
*NB. 08:00 GMT
Andrea Petkovic vs. Maria Sharapova
*[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...
Good luck to all players!