Monday, March 30, 2009

Miami quarterfinals set

The Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinals have been decided:

Serena Williams vs. Li Na: They have met only twice, both times on hard courts, both times the matches went to three sets, and they have each claimed a victory. Both players had a rough time of it in the fourth round in Miami today. If each brings her game up a level, a really good match could come out of it. If neither brings her game up a level, it could result in a real mess. Williams is going for six Miami wins, so we can expect her to be on a mission when she plays Li.

Iveta Benesova vs. Venus Williams: Benesova has inserted herself into the scene again, and it's nice to have her back. She has done very well to reach the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open, but it's hard to imagine anything but a Williams victory.

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Caroline Wozniacki: This would be a great opportunity for Kuznetsova to assert herself again and compete for a big title. She has the game to do it, but a long slump has taken the shine off of Kuzzy's game. Wozniacki has the momentum, but you never know when the 2004 U.S. Open champion might make a comeback.

Victoria Azarenka vs. Samantha Stosur: This is an interesting matchup--the screaming, hard-hitting, hot-headed Azarenka against the mellow Australian with the knock-out serve. They've met twice, and Azarenka won both times. Both have momentum going into this match, albeit Azarenka is the clear favorite. If both players perform at a high level, and Stosur continues to control her nerves, this match could be quite entertaining.

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