The 2011 Australian Open women’s quarter final main draw singles matches are now complete. Of the 4 seeds that were seeded to win through to the semi finals three of them have lived up to expectations. The semi finals provide the opportunity to play-off for a spot in the 2011 Australian Open Women’s Singles Final.
No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.2 Vera Zvonareva, No.3 Kim Clijsters and No.9 Li Na are all fighting fit and set to fight it out in Melbourne tomorrow. All four semi finalists are right handers who use a double handed backhand. All four players have played in at least one Grand Slam singles semi final within the past 12 months. Clijsters is going for her second Grand Slam singles title in a row and her semi final match against Zvonareva is a rematch of that 2010 US Open final.
Here we take a quick look at some other information and statistics about the 4 semi finalists:
Wozniacki – 20-year-old from Denmark. Her career best ranking is her current position at World No.1 which she first achieved on October 11 2010. Her best Grand Slam results are being a runner-up at the 2009 US Open and making the past 2 Grand Slam semi finals, here at the Australian Open and at the 2010 US Open.
To get to the semi finals Wozniacki won her first four matches in straight sets. In the quarter final match she lost the first set to 2010 Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone before coming back to win in 3 sets. Wozniacki is the tallest of the semi finalists at 1.77m and has conceded 34 games in 5 matches.
Zvonareva – 26-year-old from Russia. Her career best ranking is No.2 which she first achieved on October 25 2010. Her best Grand Slam results have been achieved or equalled in her past 3 Grand Slam tournaments. The 1.72m Zvonareva was a runner-up in the past two Grand Slam tournaments: Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010. To get to the semi finals Zvonareva has lost just one set and conceded 33 games in 5 matches.
Zvonareva is pictured above playing a backhand return of serve at the 2011 Hong Kong Tennis Classic. In fact 3 of the 4 semi finalists all used Hong Kong as part of their preparation for the Australian Open!
More details to follow ASAP…
Any player whose name is italicised and has her first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the semi finals.
The 2011 Australian Open women’s semi finals singles draw is:
Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v (9) LI Na (4) V.Williams
Kim CLIJSTERS (3) v (2) Vera ZVONAREVA
The schedule of play for the semi final matches on Thursday 27 January is:
1:30pm on Rod Laver Arena: Caroline Wozniacki v Li Na
Followed on Rod Laver Arena by: Kim Clijsters v Vera Zvonareva
The head-to-head match ups for the semi finals:
In the 1st semi final Li leads Wozniacki 2-1 in their previous WTA Tour matches. Li has won the past 2 in a row, at the 2010 Australian Open in the round of 16 and at the Sydney International just before that.
In the 2nd semi final Clijsters leads Zvonareva 6-3 in their previous WTA Tour matches. However, Zvonareva won their last meeting and 3 of the past 4 matches, which have all taken place since Wimbledon 2010. The first 5 matches that were all won by Clijsters, all took place from 2002 to 2006.
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