Sunday, January 25, 2009

Suarez Navarro and Dementieva move to the quarterfinals

In the round of 16 battle of the Spaniards, Carla Suarez Navarro, the woman who took Venus Williams out of the Australian Open, has prevailed. Suarez Navarro defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-2. Suarez Navarro hit three times as many winners as her countrywoman, and prevailed in four of five break opportunities.

After that match was the fourth round match between Elena Dementieva and Dominika Cibulkova, which Dementieva won, 6-2, 6-2. Cibulkova is always a tough opponent, but Dementieva was absolutely on her game, and managed to do everything a bit better than her opponent. She hit four times as many winners as Cibulkova, and was as savvy at the net as she was at the baseline.


Anonymous said...

hi Diane

do you think CSN could make the same run at AO that Amelie did in 99?

It think it would be very interesting to watch and its exactly the boost the WTA needs right now.


Diane said...

It would be exciting, but I think that defeating Dementieva would be a huge task. I'm expecting a Dementieva-Williams semifinal.

Anonymous said...

Who do you expect to advance from the Williams-Dementieva semifinal? I'm not sure yet, let's see what happens but I do expect that person to win the whole thing.

Diane said...

I don't like to make predictions, but if pressed--at this point--I'd say Dementieva. Let us not forget, however, that first--Elena has to beat Carla, and Serena has to beat Kuzzy.

Anonymous said...

I grimaced and thought about you when Mary Carillo referred to Carla Suarez Navarro as a "little kid." Oh well. :-)


Diane said...

Mary calls the guys "kids," too.

She and Bud Collins are the only two non-sexist commentators I know about.