The 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is set for the semi finals.
The 1st semi final is JJ versus SS, No.6 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (pictured above) and No.8 seed Samantha Stosur. The 25 year old Australian has achieved a career best world ranking and by far her best result at Indian Wells. As an athlete in any sport achieving personal bests is the measure of success. Stosur’s success at Indian Wells in making her best performance at this level of tournament and the fact that she will be ranked in the Top 10 in the world for the very first time seemed to make her sound satisfied with what she had achieved.
In her interview after defeating No.28 seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the quarter finals Stosur said, “It’s a great feeling, to obviously have a smaller number next to your name is a great thing. It doesn’t help you win any more matches, but it’s certainly been a goal of mine for a long time to try and get there. Since I was a little kid I wanted to try and be Top 10 in the world, so now it’s happened. I’m sure Monday when I see it, I will be very pleased.”
Stosur needs to be wary of being satisfied, portray a lot more confidence in her ability especially given the fact that her serve is so strong and really strive to win major tournaments now that she is in the peak of her career.
The 2009 French Open women’s singles semi finalist gave a very interesting look into her game plan and assessment of her semi final opponent in her interview when she said, “She’s obviously a very good player, been in the Top 10 for quite a long time, runs a lot of balls down, and doesn’t necessarily hit a lot of winners, but she fights for every point. She certainly makes her opponents work for it. I know I’m going to have to stay in rallies and not go for things too early. At the end of the day, I’m going to try and play my game. I’m an aggressive player, and I’m going to try and assert what I’ve got on her. I’m going to go out there and I’m gonna have to go for it.”
Jankovic has the experience and greater success in the higher levels of tournaments than her fellow 25 year old opponent. The former World No.1 has won Premier FIVE and Premier Mandatory events already and will be very determined to hungry to give everything she has to claim her first Indian Wells title.
The 2008 WTA Tour Champion said, “I tried to stay focused and play the best I could, and I was able to get through this match. I’m really, really pleased,” of her quarter final match against Alisa Kleybanova. Since being 2 points away from defeat in the 3rd round match against Italian Sara Errani, Jankovic has been very mentally disciplined which has allowed her to remain focused. To get the better of Stosur’s powerful serve and aggressive style of play she will have to continue her improving concentration and focused efforts.
The 1st semi final will be played on Friday 19 March on Stadium 1 at 12 noon. The 2nd semi final will be played on the same court later that day as the 1st match in the night session commencing at 7:30pm. The 2nd semi final is between No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki.
Wozniacki will be trying to win her first Premier Mandatory tournament after making her first final at this level of tournament last year at the Madrid Open. The 19 year old pride of Denmark won 4 WTA Tour titles last year and made 5 finals including the 2009 US Open last year. Over the 12 months Wozniacki has been achieving a number career bests and seems poised to continue to lead the younger brigade of women’s tennis stars in achieving higher and higher performances and results.
Wozniacki will achieve another career best if she can beat her good friend in the semi finals because the guarantee of at least 700 WTA rankings points for the finalists will mean she will become the World No.2 for the 1st time on Monday.
The 21 year old Radwanska of Poland is continually improving and is even with Wozniacki in their previous battles with 1 win each. Agnieszka achieved her best result in a top level tournament by making the final of a Premier FIVE category event at the China Open in Beijing last year, so is also climbing further up the ranks and pressing deeper into the Top 10. Radwanska moved to 4 wins to 2 losses in her head to head battles with multiple Grand Slam singles runner-up Elena Dementieva and will need to move to a winning edge over another higher ranked opponent to progress to her first final of a Premier Mandatory event.
Both players will be right in the match with neither player having a huge powerful weapon in terms of their strokes. However, the player who is more consistent on the run, plays more aggressively against their opponent’s weaker 2nd serves and is able to convert their break point opportunities will emerge victorious.
OCA’s predictions are Jankovic versus Wozniacki final for the 2010 Indian Wells Women’s Singles event.
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