The Australian Open 2012 women’s singles quarter final matches have been completed and the women’s semi final match-ups are all set to be played on Thursday 26 January – Australia Day. Three of the Top 4 seeds lived up to their seeding, with defending champion No.11 seed Kim Clijsters joining them after defeating No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki. To watch the tennis in Singapore click this link-> Australian Open 2012 LIVE coverage.
Here is the long and short of what happened in the women’s quarter final matches. The following tweets are listed in the order that they occurred (you can follow my 100% tennis Twitter @OnCourtAd).
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All four of the women’s quarter finals matches were played on Rod Laver Arena. On Tuesday 24 January Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters played their matches and on Wednesday 25 January Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova played their semi finals.
- #Azarenka equal-best Slam result with @Wimbledon 2011. 3rd Slam QF or better from the past 4 slams #AusOpen now career 19-6 @AustralianOpen
- Defending champion #Clijsters in 7th #AusOpen & 16th career Slam semi Now 42-8 career @AustralianOpen #tennis #WTA won 3 @USopen titles @WTA
- No.2 seed #Kvitova sets new PB: semis @AustralianOpen The 2011 @Wimbledon champ’s in her 3rd Slam SF. Moves to 10-3 @ #AusOpen #tennis #WTA
- 2008 champion #Sharapova in 5th #AusOpen semi & 13th career slam semi Now 33-7 career @AustralianOpen #tennis also @Wimbledon @USopen champ
The 22-year-old Azarenka defeated No.8 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. The 1.8m Azarenka equalled her career best Grand Slam singles result to date by making the Australian Open semi finals. The right-handed No.3 seed has now made two Grand Slam semi finals for the past three Slams, the other being at Wimbledon in 2011. The Belarusian improved her Australian Open win-loss record to 19 wins to 6 losses. Azarenka is pictured above in her national flag’s colours of red and green in Fed Cup just after making contact with the ball for this forehand drive.
The 28-year-old Clijsters defeated No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). The 1.75m Clijsters of the Belgium made her 7th Australian Open semi final and for the second year in a row. The right-handed No.11 seed will be looking to win through to her 9th Grand Slam singles final. Kim lost her first four Slam finals before winning the next four. Clijsters is a former World No.1 and is pictured in the fourth and final picture in this article at preparing to play a forehand.
In the 1st semi final its: AZARENKA versus CLIJSTERS Azarenka won the most recent match in Miami in 2011 6-3 6-3, whilst Clijsters leads 4-2 in their head-to-head encounters to date.
Sharapova is pictured at the top of this post preparing for her double-handed backhand drive during the 2012 Australian Open using his HEAD YouTek IG Instint MP tennis racquet. Sharapova has won a total of three Grand Slam singles titles, including her most recent success at the 2008 Australian Open.
Semi final match-up: SHARAPOVA versus KVITOVA – a 2011 Wimbledon final rematch!
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- © Sharapova photo credit: HEAD Tennis
- © Azarenka photo credit: Richard van loon
- © Kvitova photo credit: RalfReinecke
- Clijsters photo credit: Mark Howard Photography