The 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships now has the final two days of play to go. We are looking forward to great semi finals matches with all four semi finalists in top form.
The following is the quarter final draw, who they play next and which part of the draw they are in. Below you will find the seeded players whose names have a line drawn through them because they were defeated in that section of the draw.
In the top half of the draw only 2 of the 4 remaining players are seeded players and the other 2 are direct acceptances.
(1) Wozniacki Shahar Peer versus (8) Li Na
(3) Venus Williams v (5) Dementieva Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
In the bottom half of the draw 3 seeds made it through plus a great performance by Russian qualifier and Top 10 potential rising star Regina Kulikova who defeated No.2 seed Kuznetsova.
(6) Jankovic (12) Vera Zvonareva v (4) Victoria Azarenka
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska v (2) Kuznetsova (Q) Regina Kulikova
The women’s quarter final results were:
- Peer defeated (8) Li Na 7-5 3-0 (Li retired with a lower back injury);
- (3) Venus defeated Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-4
- (4) Azarenka defeated (12) Zvonareva 6-1 6-3
- (8) Radwanska defeated (Q) Kulikova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
The best match in the quarter finals was between (8) Radwanska and World No.98 Kulikova with Kulikova being very close to winning this match in the first 2 sets. Radwanska countered Kulikova’s over powering aggressive game by playing the ball earlier and successfully completing a number of moves in to the net with her great volleys.
Pictured above is Peer of Israel during the forward swing to make contact with the ball with her double handed backhand ground stroke. This year Peer was allowed to play this tournament and she is really fighting for her cause by defeating No.1 seed Wozniacki and now No.8 seed Li Na.
The United Arab Emirates denied Peer entry into the UAE just before the 2009 Dubai event in effect banning her from the event firing the fighting between the Middle East and Israel. Peer’s run to the semi finals will earn her 395 WTA ranking points which is her best result in the past 12 months and means she will break into the Top 20 after this event.
The semi final matches to be played on 19 February are:
(1) Wozniacki Shahar Peer versus (3) Venus Williams
(4) Victoria Azarenka v. (2) Kuznetsova (8) Agnieszka Radwanska
The first semi final between Peer and Venus will play on court 2 at 2pm (Dubai time) and the 2nd semi final between Azarenka and Radwanska will be played in the evening session on centre court at 7pm.
The 29 year old defending champion Venus leads the 22 year old Peer 2 wins to love in their head to head battles. Whilst the 20 year old’s are tied at 2 wins each in their past encounters, with this match set to be their greatest clash and likely to be an indicator as to how 2010 pans out for Azarenka and Radwanska.
Azarenka has the edge in knowing she can win at this level as she proved by winning the 2009 Premier Mandatory tournament in Miami whereas Radwanska has not won a Premier Five or Premier Mandatory tournament title as yet. 2010 could easily be a great year with many career bests for Radwanska and Azarenka.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for more coverage of the 2010 Women’s Dubai Tennis Championships and click this link for more details -> Dubai 2010 Women: Feb 12-20.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Kafelnikov was born on this day in 1974. The Russian won 2 Grand Slam singles titles the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.1 on 3 May 1999.
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