The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s singles semi finals were played last night. Both matches where one sided affairs leading to a fireworks display in the final between two power players that are playing at a level a cut above the rest.
Today the Women’s Singles Final will be played on the main stadium court, which is called Court Manolo Santana and will begin at 3:30pm local time in Madrid.
In the 1st semi final the only seed remaining, Venus Williams, looking to take her head to head record to 5-0 against Israel’s Shahar Peer. The match started off with both players very determined to get the upper hand through to 3 games all in the 1st set. Once The 29 year old Venus got a lead Peer’s resolve that she could upset the 1.85m American seemed to be broken. The 7 time Grand Slam singles champion reeled off 9 games in a row from that point to win 6-3 6-0 in 1 hour and 6 minutes.
Once Venus won her 2nd match in Madrid she regained the World No.2 ranking for the 1st time in more than 7 years to guarantee that she will not have to face off against her sister until they are in the final of a tournament. Since her 29th birthday Venus appears to be determined to achieve all those things on her “things I want to do by the time I turn 30 list”.
In her post match interview Venus commented on her win over Peer and her upcoming goals, “She’s a tenacious player. Very talented. Never say die spirit. I was ready for that. After those games I was able to find the corners. To play that well against a player like her, I can’t complain. I feel like I’ve had a good career on clay courts. Ultimately the goal is to win the French – I’ve come close. I’d like to take it one more step. My mindset right now is just on this tournament.”
The 2nd semi final saw Aravane Rezai win the 1st set 6-1 in 24 minutes after which, Lucie Safarova retired due to a left thigh injury. The 23 year old Rezai earned a spot in her 1st singles final of a Premier FIVE level tournament by defeating 4 time French Open champion Justine Henin and former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic in Madrid. After the match Rezai said, “This is tennis and you never know what’s going to happen. I had my tactics ready and was focused. I was ready to win this match. Of course I wanted to win in a different way, and I hope she’ll be okay.”
The 1.65m French woman is riding the high point of her career thus far and seems very focused that it is hard to pick against her in the final. Tomorrow Rezai will have a new career high ranking and will be ranked inside the Top 20 for the 1st time. Venus has a long list of achievements but once they walk out on court to play the final it will all about whoever can perform on the day.
On playing in the final Rezai said, “Anything is possible. I know my game and I know I can go far. I just fight in each point and in each match. That’s why I’m improving every day.”
Williams and Rezai have played twice before, both matches were played on clay and Rezai is even with Venus with one win each. Rezai won their last match 6-4 6-4 in Istanbul, Turkey in 2007. Rezai is pictured above playing her favourite shot, the forehand drive.
In the final the underdog will have to make Venus fell like she needs to force the ball. When Venus gets into this mindset she can commit large volumes of unforced errors. For Rezai to get Venus to overplay her shots, she needs to dictate the points by playing aggressively in order to keep her opponent on the defensive as much as possible. The little power house will need to return serve very well and apply as much pressure to the 2nd serve of her opponent as she can.
The women’s singles final draw is:
- (1) S.Williams Aravane Rezai v. (4) Venus Williams (2) Wozniacki
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. The players names who have a line drawn through them, are the seeded players who were expected to reach the quarter finals, but have been eliminated from that spot in the draw.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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