Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova
(Head-2-head: Williams leads 18-2)
One of the most interesting one sided rivalries the WTA tour has ever lived. Not only Serena has won almost all the previous meetings against Masha (and she is also in a 17-wins streak, having lost the last match in 2004 in Los Angeles), but she has been playing a flawless tennis here in Melbourne, struggling only in her first round match against Camila Giorgi.
Sharapova has been quite consistent too, although she had some ups and downs in her journey to the quarter-finals. The main problem for Maria is represented by the fact that they have a specular game which makes things pretty tough for the Russian when Serena is at the top.
Still, the 28-year old is a true fighter and, even though all the signals seem to confirm that she stands only little chances to succeed, she will bring her A-game to stop this trend. She has lost against Serena three times in Melbourne, including last year’s final.
Will this be the right time for Maria?
Prediction: Williams in three Agnieszka Radwanska vs Carla Suarez Navarro
(Head-2-head: Radwanska leads 2-1)
The crowd of the Australian Open will be delighted to have two matches so different.
While Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will be fighting till the end with their strong groundstrokes, the match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Carla Suarez Navarro is expected to be more tactical. The Spaniard will try to dictate the rhythm of the rallies with her beautiful backhand, while the Pole will probably play in defense, approaching more with her forehand to open the court.
It should be a tough match also on a psychological level as both players have a golden opportunity. Radwanska has bigger experience, being a former semifinalist in Melbourne and having reached the final in Wimbledon. Suarez Navarro, on the other hand, will try to finally reach her first career semifinal in a Slam, after 4 quarter-finals experience (with this being the five).
Prediction: Radwanska in three
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