Sunday, 20 January 2013

Australian Open Day 8: Svetlana for the win


Caroline Wozniacka vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Vesnina
Serena Williams vs. Maria Kirilenko
Bojana Jovanovski vs. Sloane Stephens

Match focus:

Caroline Wozniacka vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova

A rematch of their Sydney match just 2 weeks ago. Can Sveta replicate her success over Wozniacki? Or will Caroline learn from her lesson and put Kuznetsova back in her place? Caroline's win over Tsurenko in her last match shows that she really doesn't have much to offer. The horrendous match was filled with errors and the Dane only came through because frankly, Tsurenko sucked big time. Kuznetsova is prone to these kinds of error fests as well, but when she's playing well, she has to game to rip Woznaicki apart. I would say Kuznetsova has all the shots and the confidence to upset Caroline again.

Pick: Kuznetsova in 3 sets

Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Vesnina

Vulnerable Vika will take on Vesnina in this 4th round match. If Victoria is as tentative as her 3rd round match, she might lose this against a tough opponent. Vesnina will need to use her all court game and keep Victoria guessing. If she tries to out hit Azarenka, she will definitely lose this easily. Even though the top seed looks to be shaky, I believe her hunger to improve will shine through and she will hit her way to another victory.

Pick: Azarenka in 2 tight sets

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