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Last updated on the 1st of October at 6pm in Tokyo. See the latest results below…
The 2010 Japan Open women’s main draw singles quarter final matches are now complete. Only 1 of the Top 4 seeds (No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki), won through to the take her expected place in the semi finals. The pressure falls on her shoulders as the clear favourite to win the tournament now. The remaining players 4 players are all seeded in the Top 8 with only Elena Dementieva being a former Japan Open singles winner.
The quarter finals saw 3 of the higher ranked players defeat their lower ranked opponent with the exception of the battle between the No.1 Russian Vera Zvonareva and the No.2 ranked Russian Elena Dementieva. OCA will keep you updated with all of the semi final results as the matches are completed right here on this post. See below for the semi final draw and schedule of play for the semi finals. The scores and results will be added to the schedule of play as the matches are completed.
In the first semi final we have a battle of the young blonde-haired stars who have both won 2 matches against each other to date. The 20 year old Wozniacki from Denmark won their most recent match 7-5 in the final set in a great match in the 2009 WTA Tour Finals. The 1.77m Wozniacki had lost in her first match in Tokyo in 2008 and 2009, so can move to 186 WTA ranking points from becoming the World No.1 for the very first time by winning the title in Japan.
Wozniacki has plenty to play for as she inches closer to fulfilling her dream of being No.1. However, the 21 year old Azarenka of Belarus is a volatile opponent who can play better than any other woman on the WTA Tour for periods of time, which she hopes become increasingly longer. The 1.8m Azarenka suffers from not always being able to balance her highly emotional displays on court, which make her matches very interesting to watch as she gives it her all. Azarenka defeated Wozniacki twice in a row in 2009, whilst only dropping 4 games in the entire match on both occasions.
Dementieva is currently in the tenth place just behind Justine Henin in the race to finish in the Top 8 to qualify for the 2010 WTA Tour Finals for the tenth time in the past 11 years. Dementieva won the 2006 Japan Open women’s singles title and will be looking for a second win here when she meets Francesca Schiavone for the 12th time in the second semi final.
Dementieva had to retire after the first set tie-break to Schiavone in this year’s Roland Garros semi finals but had won their previous 3 matches in a row. In a battle of the veterans (Schiavone is 30 years old), expect some great court coverage and great ground stroke rallies as Schiavone is having her best year on tour and Dementieva’s game is better suited to the hard courts in Tokyo.
Schiavone is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the WTA Tour Finals having won Roland Garros this year and has already achieved her best career result in Tokyo. The Italian No.1 will show her usual fighting character as she tries to overtake Samantha Stosur and Jelena Jankovic to reclaim her career best No.6 ranking and give herself an opportunity to win another major title on her career high wave.
Pictured above is 28 year old Elena Dementieva of Russia who turns 29 in 2 week’s time. The 1.8m Dementieva has already made contact with the ball as you can see by the fact that her racquet has risen up almost completely above the height of the ball already, just a split second later. The 2006 Japan Open champion needs to win one more tournament this year to have achieved 3 singles titles per year for 3 years in a row.
Dementieva is currently ranked No.10 and her career high ranking is No.3, which she achieved on April 6 2009. Dementieva is one of THE most successful players on the WTATour having made the semi finals or better of all 4 Grand Slam singles tournaments and qualified for the WTA Tour Finals every year from the year 2000 to 2009 except for in 2007.
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 2010 Japan Open in Tokyo semi final draw is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki versus (8) Victoria Azarenka (4) Stsour
- (3) Jankovic (5) Francesca Schiavone v. (7) Elena Dementieva (2) Zvonareva
The order of play for Thursday 30 September is:
- 1pm on Centre Court: (1) Caroline Wozniacki defeated (8) Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 in 2 hours and 51 minutes.
- Followed immediately on Centre Court by: (5) Francesca Schiavone lost to (7) Elena Dementieva 4-6 5-7 in 1 hour and 51 minutes.
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