Thursday, 17 May 2012

Rome: Day 4 results

The QF line-up is set after day 4. Here are the results.

3rd round:
(4) Petra Kvitova def. Sorana Cirstea 6-2 5-7 6-2
(3) Maria Sharapova def. (13) Ana Ivanovic 7-6(4) 6-3
(WC) Venus Williams def. (5) Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-3
(12) Angelique Kerber def. Julia Goerges 6-4 6-1
(9) Serena Williams def. Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-1
Flavia Pennetta def. Petra Cetkovska 6-0 6-1
(8) Li Na def. Chanelle Scheepers 7-6(3) 6-2


(12) Angelique Kerber def. Julia Goerges 6-4 6-1

I thought clay wasn't Angelique preferred surface but I was wrong. She has been playing very well on this surface. Of course she was helped by Julia's redundant errors but credit must be given to her for making Julia go for more. I am starting to be impressed by this feisty German. I thought she was a flash in the pan but this year, she is all out to prove that she is no one-hit wonder. This year, she has already claimed wins over Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na etc. Her confidence now is sky-high and I won't be surprised if she claims another big name in her next round. As for Goerges, you have to wonder if she will ever breakthrough like Angelique.

Flavia Pennetta def. Petra Cetkovska 6-0 6-1

What a scoreline. It's hard to believe that this is the player that upset Radwanska yesterday. Flavia was relentless in her assaults and her amazing footwork is evident in this match. It seems like she has fully recovered from her injury back in January. Playing at home, Flavia is using the crowd to her advantage and looks for her best showing at possibly her last Rome appearance. Next up for Flavia is the big Serena Williams. I think it will be a good match if Serena can keep her standard.

(WC) Venus Williams def. (5) Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-3

Well, it's not really a shocker to me as I have already predicted this yesterday. Venus is just a bad match-up for Samantha. What's impressive is Venus's movement on clay. She covering the court well and looked healthy for once. No more rushing to finish the points with ridiculous shots as she looks to end the rally early. As for Sam, too many mishits and errors. She has to cut down these shanks as it's frankly quite embarassing to see a professional mishit so many balls.


(4) Petra Kvitova def. Sorana Cirstea 6-2 5-7 6-2

As expected, an ugly win again for Petra. The winner to error ratio for both this players is really disgraceful. I guess this is what happens when one ball-basher meets another even bigger ball-basher. Sorana obviously doesn't think on court. She tries for impossible shots at the most awkward of positions. And she's going to miss 9 out of 10 times. Someone needs to teach her how to restart a point with a high loopy ball. For Kvitova, she has to find a plan B when her bashed balls are not going in. I do not see any other variation other than bash and hope for the ball to land in. She's going to have a big test next round against Kerber.

(2) Maria Sharapova def. (13) Ana Ivanovic 7-6(4) 6-3

6 set points and none taken. That's not going to win you anything Ana. Credit to Maria for another impressive fight. But another disappointment from Ana. I'm sure she's going to say I'm going to take good things out of this match and this proves that I can play with the top players... but ANA! Stop deceiving yourself. Your head is a mess! Maria gets closer to defending her title but another bigger name is waiting for her, Venus Williams.

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