Thursday, 24 January 2013

Australian Open Seed Watch Women's Draw QF

Seeds left in draw at Quarter Final stage: 7

(3) Serena Williams lost to (29) Sloane Stephens

The biggest upset of either draw so far saw the uber-dominant Serena Williams limp out of the competition with a suspected back injury and Sloane Stephens take her place in the semi-final.  A dictionary definition breakthrough for the youngster, who reaches this stage of a grand slam event for the first time in her burgeoning career.  Full report here.

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska lost to (6) Li Na

That Carlos Rodriguez really looks to be helping the recent fragile and unfocused mentality of China's first slam champion Li Na.  Agnieszka Radwanska barely looked the player who had clocked up a 13 match win-streak for the year, as Li Na's brutal all-out game proved too much of a match for her patient play-building.  Despite hitting 40 errors in the two-set match, Li Na was the first player to book her place in the semi-final, 75 63, looking to better her previous best showing at the Melbourne event when she placed runner-up to Aussie favourite Kim Clijsters in 2011.

(19) Ekaterina Makarova lost to (2) Maria Sharapova

With her 62 62 defeat of Ekaterina Makarova, Maria Sharapova moves to the semi-final of the Australian Open with the loss of only 9 games.  Her stats read:

R1: Olga Puchkova 60 60
R2: Misaki Doi 60 60
R3: Venus Williams 61 63
R4: Kirsten Flipkens 61 60
QF: Ekaterina Makarova 62 62

It is the least amount of games that any player has ever conceded at this stage in the tournament and averages out her court-time per match at just over one hour.  A ruthless display and one that will likely dent the chances of her next opponent Li Na.

Seeds left in draw: 4

Thursday's semi finals will see Li Na face Maria Sharapova, while the defending champion, Victoria Azarenka will aim to make it two finals in a row at Melbourne when she takes on the surprise semi-finalist Sloane Stephens.

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