Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Wimbledon SF: We will have a new champion!

Upset of the previous day:

Kirsten Flipkens def. Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-3 6-4

Just when you thought Kvitova is going to win, she flops against quarter-finalist debutant, Kirsten Flipkens. With her exit, a new champion will be crowned and the bottom half looks like an international event final. Not taking anything away from Flipkens, she played very well and weathered Kvitova's blows. But the volatile Kvitova really should have won this match much easily. Missing an easy volley on break point at the end of the match sums it all up. Kvitova needs to find her motivation back and commit herself to the sport, not being embroiled in some extra marital affair.

Semi-finals 1:

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sabine Lisicki

Agnieszka wore out the errorneous Li Na and will look to continue her performance against Sabine Lisicki. Radwanska practically did nothing except return the balls deep against Li but it was enough. Not spectacular or pleasing tennis but it gets the job done. Lisicki will not be afraid to attack any ball so it will be a nice contrast of styles. Sabine did benefit from a listless performance from Kanepi, who looked defeated even before the match began. She will look to dominate from the baseline and keep her errors low. Let's see if she can do it this time and reach the finals. Sabine has the power, but I believe Radwanska's defensive skills will draw the errors.

Pick: Radwanska in 3 sets

Kirsten Flipkens vs Marion Bartoli

Marion Bartoli will be the favourite to reach the finals after Flipkens accounted for Kvitova's exit. The pressure of reaching the finals will be too much for the young Belgian and I think she's a little bit out of her depth here. Marion will draw on her experience and try to dominate Flipkens from the first ball. Not all hope is lost for the Belgian though. She needs to keep using her low slice and put a high percentage of first serves in. Disrupt Bartoli's rhythm by attacking the net at the right time. However, I do believe the magnitude of reaching the finals will get to her; making her under-perform.

Pick: Bartoli in 2 sets

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