Friday, 15 August 2014

Cincinnati SF: Maria survives another day

Serena Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki

A rematch of last week's Montreal quarter-final, resurgent Wozniacki will have another chance to topple the top seed. Serena hasn't been playing top notch tennis all year round, but still has enough game to win 4 titles so far. It will take Caroline her best effort to beat Serena, even though the American is struggling somewhat with her game and confidence. However, Serena had a good warm up against Jankovic, who plays quite a similar game to Wozniacki. If Serena took out Jelena without any fuss, I believe she is ready to defeat Caroline again. With less drama this time.

Pick: Williams in 2 tight sets

Ana Ivanovic vs. Maria Sharapova

With yet another substandard performance, Sharapova fights to see another day. Simona Halep was playing well up a set and a break when she started playing too defensively to allow Sharapova back into the match. Maria is one of the best fighters on tour, so can Ana subdue the fierce competitor? Well, Ivanovic dealt Maria with her only defeat on clay this year, so she definitely knows how to play Sharapova. The only thing that might hold Ana back is her mental fragility. You can almost predict Ivanovic to get tight when the finishing line is near. Can Maria survive another day? Maybe. However, we can be assured of a tight match here with the 2 poster girls of WTA.

Pick: Ivanovic in 3 sets

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