Lame? Think twice!
May 30, 2011 Leave a comment
Nine days, four rounds later and here we are. Eight brave women – coming from France, Russia, Italy, Russia, Germany, Russia, China and Belarus – still standing and fighting for the big prize.
NOT among then, surprise-but-not-so-much (if you’re an ATP fan you will find it extremely odd and lame),the top-seed and still “slam-less” Caroline Wozniacki, 2nd seed but still sucking at tennis sometimes Kim Clijsters and third seed Vera Zvonareva. That being said, Victoria Azarenka is the highest seed still alive, and has a real shot at the trophy.
Other seeds alive: 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 and 15. All seeded players, all outstanding pros, no big underdogs. Lame? AWESOMENESS. We’re currently experiencing in WTA something we didn’t see in ages in ATP: a broad range of players with a real shot at winning the big events. If you can’t find it awesome…
But ‘bery’ well. The diversity of styles and players only adds more spicy sauce to the already delicious sandwich of the quarterfinals. I shall talk about the matchups now.
Marion Bartoli vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova – You know when you root so bad for a specific meeting… and it happens? *That FUCKYEAH feeling*. Exactly. Love these both players – Sveta K is perennial top-10 material, but oh well, it’s been exactly one year since she left it. Awesome to see her back, really. I just hope this is not a glimpse and she will indeed come back to claim what’s hers.
As for Bartoli, I have a special place for her in my heart since Indian Wells. Her exotic playing style, unconventional serve and the sheer personality captured me. The second prettiest player to wear Nike these days (after Vika…) defied all odds to reach the Final 8 (what’s the name NCAA has for it?) in front of her home crowd for the first time – after reaching the finals of Strasbourg last week. Seems o.k. to me, for a player who never did very well on clay . #AllezMarion.
Prediction: Do I have to????
Francesca Schiavone vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – Stop the presses, the machines, hold your breath. This is ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA – the cutest, sweetest, funniest – player out there in the quarterfinals of a Slam. You just can’t imagine how happy I am. In my most optimistic dreams, I could see her getting this far, after beating Zvonareva. Awake, watching the tournament, too – Vera was stumbling upon her opponents, but she’s still the #3 and this is Pavs, goddamit. I’m glad she made it, really 🙂
As for Schiavone, she’s a gem in today’s tennis: one-handed backhand, net approaches, all-around tennis, not an underwear model, not uncommon to see her gritting out her way to the late stages of the tournaments. In other words: How could you possible not like her? Okay, it’s possible. But she’s that awesome. And, oh, have I mentioned she’s the defending champion? Cool, huh?
Maria Sharapova vs. Andrea Petkovic – This is getting too long, so I’ll cut it short to talk about the lower half of the draw (and I’m not paying that much attention on it). Very well, there’s nothing new I can say about Maria… she’s playing great tennis, despite some shaky moments, but she’s keeping it together when it matters most, overpowering her opponents, just like she did with Aggie today (who then failed to serve for the 2nd set and imploded). She’s a serious contender for the title – I seriously believe the only player who can spoil her Career Slam is Victoria Azarenka.
Not that Petko will be crushed or something – I believe it will be a good match, even more if Andy P. can keep it together, both physically and mentally (though it’s the toughest task) in the match. Sharapova keeps showing she can lose, yes, but for that to happen, the other player MUST win the match. Remember that “They refuse to die!” post I wrote? That’s something like it.
Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na – She’s not wearing the White Dress, but her Purple Cousin seems to be working just as fine. Nike created a monster, more like an armor with superpowers than a regular outfit. And Azarenka is making the sweetest cake out of it. Her first career Grand Slam semifinal will be the extra layer of topping. The title, the cherry, bright red. As for Li Na, one single thought for her: She plays better when you are NOT expecting her to do so, huh?
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand that’s it! This is Pete saying goodbye and rooting for Bartolichenkova, Petkorenka semifinals.
Who are you rooting for?