Saturday, 25 January 2014

Melbourne scorecard: Perfect-Li Asian

A+: Li Na

Now a multiple slam winner, Li got in the zone after her horrid error fest against Safarova. Not everyone can play perfect tennis everyday.

A: Dominika Cibulkova

Beating 2 former slam champions and 2 top 5 players en route to the finals, Cibulkova showed lots of heart. Now, just work on that second serve.

A-: Eugenie Bouchard

Didn't even qualify last year but made it all the way to the semi-finals this year. One to watch.

B+: Ana Ivanovic

Provided the shock of the tournament by ousting Serena Williams. Still, couldn't build on that and lost meekly to Bouchard.

B: Flavia Pennetta

Her last 3 slam performances are as follows: 4th round, semi-finals and quarter-finals. Big events bring out the best in her.

B-: Simona Halep

First quarter-final appearance, but was pretty bad in it. Let's hope there are more quarter appearances to redeem for this new top 10 player.

C+: Casey Dellacqua

Hard working Aussie who fought with all her heart to the 4th round. Deserves to be at least in the top 50.

C: Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova

Both players were affected by inopportune injuries. Not too worried about Serena, but Maria's serving woes seem to be back with a vengeance.

C-: Victoria Azarenka/Agnieszka Radwanska

Yes, both players made it very far in the tournament. But Victoria completely lost the plot against someone she used to beat blindfolded, and Radwanska crumbles with another final appearance at stake. Known to be mentally strong, these 2 folded at the most crucial times.

D: Luksika Kumkhum

Provided one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, but couldn't back it up. Needs to know how to handle the attention, but I'm still excited for this new Thai prospect.

E: Caroline Wozniacki

Yet another loss to an inspired ball basher. The Dane doesn't look interested in tennis honestly.

F: Sara Errani/Petra Kvitova

As top 10 players, the way they lost to lesser opponents is just inexcusable. Kvitova was just horrid in her first round, and Errani was just too passive. Both players need to refocus, or their place in the top 10 will be threatened.

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