Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Brisbane, Shenzhen, Auckland: QFs day


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Angelique Kerber
Victoria Azarenka vs. Ksenia Pervak
Serena Williams vs Sloane Stephens
Daniela Hantuchova vs. Lesia Tsurenko


Li Na vs. Bojana Jovanovski
Annika Beck vs. Peng Shuai
Monica Niculescu vs. Zhou Yi-Miao
Klara Zakopalova vs. Marion Bartoli


Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Elena Vesnina
Jamie Hampton vs. Kiki Bertens
Kirsten Flipkens over Yanina Wickmayer
Mona Barthel vs. Johanna Larsson

Match focus:

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Angelique Kerber

Pavlyuchenkova is high after upsetting Kvitova in her previous round and will take on the shaky Angelique Kerber. The German just finished a tough 3 set match today and will surely be feeling the effects. Will Anastasia take advantage? Or will Kerber squeeze out another close victory? One thing's for sure, the Russian needs to play a clean and aggressive game to overcome Kerber because she will fight to her death.

Pick: Pavlyuchenkova in 3 tight sets

Klara Zakopalova vs. Marion Bartoli

Klara is enjoying a late career resurgence and has been ploughing through her opponents in the first 2 rounds. She will face a tough test in the form of 2nd seed, Marion Bartoli. The Frenchwoman struggled a bit in her 2nd round match but still won in straight sets. Will it be enough to take out the flat hitting Czech? Bartoli needs to outhit Klara and induce errors from the blind girl. And when Zakopalova starts sulking, the match is in the bag for Bartoli.

Pick: Bartoli in 2 sets

Kirsten Flipkens over Yanina Wickmayer

Clash of the Belgians! Nope, it's not Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin. It's the clash of the... 2nd rate Belgians. Flipkens enjoyed a sizzling return to form late last season while Wickmayer has a rather fluctuating one. With the advice of Kim, you can see that Kirsten is making improvements to her game while Yanina's game is kind of stagnant. The lower ranked Belgian should get the win, also to help the public get rid of Wickmayer's hideous outfit. Yikes!

Pick: Flipkens in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Daniela Hantuchova, Peng Shuai, Mona Barthel
Upset alerts: Angelique Kerber, Yanina Wickmayer

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