Angelique Kerber vs Victoria Azarenka
(Head-2-head: Azarenka leads 6-0)
Victoria Azarenka’s run to the final of the Australian Open is ready to be seriously tested by Angelique Kerber. Despite having lost all the previous meetings against the Belarusian, the 28-year old will be definitely step on court with no pressure or fear.
The German has a consistent game and an amazing physical conditions which forces opponents to always push to the limits and to hit that extra shot which often makes the difference. It’s hard to predict how this match may evolve.
Last year’s head-2-head at the US Open was one of the best matches of the tournament, with both bringing their A-game on court, while this year's meeting in Brisbane final showed a complete supremacy of Vika. What makes things harder for Kerber is not only the current form of former world number 1, which seems pretty astonishing, but also her magical feeling with this tournament which has seen her ending up lifting the trophy in 2012 and 2013.
The Belarusian is the real opponent of Serena Williams. Will she take another step forward to the final?
Prediction: Azarenka in two Johanna Konta vs Shuai Zhang
The opportunity of a lifetime. The last quarter-final of the women’s draw could be summed up this way.
Johanna Konta and Shuai Zhang have surprisingly reached the last 8 of the first Grand Slam of the season and they actually deserved it, as they beat in the first round the two highest seeds in the last spot of the draw. As if it wasn’t already enough, they have gone to confirm their underdog status by respectively overcoming Ekaterina Makarova and Madison Keys in the fourth round.
And here they are chasing history. Konta had never played before in the main draw of the Australian Open, being eliminated during the qualifying stage in the last three years, while Zhang had never won a Grand Slam match in her career before Melbourne.
They should be already satisfied with their tournament but the best is yet to come as the approach a match that could further change their lives. They faced two times, having won 1 match each. Konta has a little bit more experience on big stages, coming from a strong season finale in 2015, but Zhang has won 7 matches in a row and she has played a wonderful tennis so far.
Prediction: Konta in three
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