Girls’ day in Madrid
May 5, 2011 2 Comments
Ain’t WTA fascinating? I mean, really. ATP has all the matchups, the rivalries, Rafole, Fedal, and stuff. But WTA is the real deal, homies. No matter how much you criticize the girls’ game and personality, when it comes to unexpected results… we have THIS:
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Samantha Stosur – 7/6 (4), 6/3
Ok, not THAT unexpected. I watch Pavs playing Marion, and that was just world class. And even though Sam is a top-10, Roland Garros runner-up, clay specialist and blablabla, she’s sucking right now. Whatever. I wondered if Pavs had what it takes to challenge top players. Of course, she’s not the most reliable player in the game and she has SERIOUS issues (just like most of the other girls, tho), but at least for Madrid, yes, she can!
Julia Goerges d. Caroline Wozniacki – 6/4, 1/6, 6/3
I convinced myself – and even wrote about it – to not get overexcited over Goerges’ win in Stuttgart a couple weeks ago. But then she faces Caro again… and beats her again! For me, this just proofs two things. First: Momentum can do wonders for a rising start. Second: Caro’s not invincible, even more on clay. Take note, people. This RG will be epic.
Victoria Azarenka d. Arantxa Parra Santonja – 6/0, 6/3
The white dress is back? WOW WOW. That explains how Vika is steamrolling through the early rounds – she spend less than 3 hours in her first three matches, won 18 games and lost FIVE. Pretty impressive, huh? Let’s all jump in the bandwagon and predict Renka winning both Roland Garros and a Williams-less Wimbledon, taking over the number 1 before the end of the year, shall we?
Li Na d. Roberta Vinci – 2/6, 6/2, 6/1
Vinci was straight out of a clay title in Barcelona, and Li Na was still trying to find her Aussie form again. Okay, this is FAR from being an upset – Roby was the underdog here. But to praise Li’s return to top-10 form and her second consecutive Madrid quarterfinal.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands d. Francesca Schiavone – 7/6 (5), 6/3
Whatever. Francy kicks-ass. She’s one of the greatest bad-asses out there in WTA, the defending Roland Garros champion, one of the leaders of Italy Fed Cup team, but eh. Not a single chance this diminishes BMS deed: She knocked out, in three matches, the ’08 and ’10 French Open champs and her fellow American Vania King. Which is simply awesome. Will play Li next, and, to be honest, I like her chances.
In the other 3rd round match played today, Safarova beat Jarka, 3 and 3. Two players I like. I just didn’t have anything useful to comment about it. Lucie will go on to take the Almighty White Dress impersonated on some random Belarus girl. Well done, Nike.
See? This Madrid quarterfinals – Julia vs. Paaaaaavs!, Vika vs. Lucie, Kvitova vs. Cibulkova and Mattek-Sands vs. Li Na – are the best. EVER.
Just sit and enjoy.
All pics taken from Yahoo! Images