The round of 16 at the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s singles event has been completed. Today, 2 matches will be played on Court Manolo Santana, whilst the other 2 matches will be played on Court Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario.
The 1st match on Court Manolo Santana at 11am local time in Madrid is between No.16 seed Nadia Petrova and Lucie Safarova. Both players are in form on the clay and they both made the quarter finals in Rome last week.
The 27 year old Petrova holds a 3-0 record over Safarova of the Czech Republic. The 1.78m Russian who defeated World No.1 Serena Williams in the previous round will be the favourite. However, the 23 year old Safarova is turning in career best results and the 1.77m left hander will look to upset her opponent if she doesn’t bring her best game after riding the high of beating Serena.
There are 5 seeds and 3 unseeded players still in contention for the Madrid singles title. The quarter finals feature players from 8 different countries. The match on Court Manolo Santana that follows immediately after the Petrova v. Safarova match is between Australian Samantha Stosur and American Venus Williams. The 29 year old Venus holds a 3-0 record against the No.8 seed and has won all their past encounters in straight sets. The 1.85m 7 time Grand Slam singles champion will be the clear favourite to live up to her No.4 seeding and make the semi finals.
The 1.72m Stosur is at her career best ranking and is consistently achieving career firsts and personal best results. Playing on clay and at the height of her career the 26 year old has her best opportunity to upset Venus. The winner of this match will become the favourite to make the final from the bottom half of the draw, which should provide us with a fiercely competitive match.
The 3rd quarter final is between No.13 seed Li Na and Shahar Peer of Israel and will be played on Court Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario at 3pm. The 28 year old Li Na is at the height of her powers on hard courts with her best 2 results in a Grand Slam singles event being a semi finalist at the 2010 Australian Open and a quarter finalist at the 2009 US Open.
The 1.72m Chinese No.1 holds a 2-1 record over Peer and has already achieved her best result in a prestigious clay court event by making the quarter finals. Li Na has made the semi finals of a Premier Mandatory event just once before at Indian Wells in 2007 and would love to have a chance at playing for 1st final at this level.
The 23 year old Peer also has 1 previous semi final result in a Premier Mandatory event back in 2007 at Miami. The 1.72m Peer won the last meeting against Li Na in the quarter finals at Dubai this year and seems to be better suited to the clay than her higher ranked opponent. Peer has a good chance to achieve her career best ranking if she continues her great form. Peer is pictured above about to play a slice backhand on the run.
The final quarter final match is between Aravane Rezai and No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic and will be played at 8pm on Court Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario. This could be a tight match just as it was in Dubai this year, when Jankovic came back to win 7-5 in the 3rd and final set. The 25 year old Serbian will be the favourite after her recent performances and rise to World No.4. The 1.77m former World No.1 holds a 2-0 record against Rezai.
The 23 year old Rezai of France is just 1.65m tall yet has risen above her challenges including defeating Justine Henin earlier in Madrid to make her 1st ever quarter final in a major tournament. Rezai had never been to a quarter final of a Premier Mandatory or Premier FIVE level tournament and her best result in a Grand Slam is the round of 16 at the 2009 French Open & the 2006 US Open. Rezai is playing the best tennis of her career and will be highly motivated to upset Jankovic and move into the top 20 world rankings for the very 1st time.
For further details about the women’s singles event, including when the semi finals and finals are scheduled to be played, you can visit -> Madrid Women’s Schedule of Play.
The results from yesterday were:
- Rezai d. Petkovic 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
- (7) Jankovic d. Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-0
- (8) Stosur d. Schnyder 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
- Peer d. (WC) Parra Santonja 7-5 6-2
- (13) Li Na d. Bondarenko 6-3 6-4
The women’s singles quarter final draw is:
- (1) S.Williams (16) Nadia Petrova v. Lucie Safarova (6) Dementieva
- (3) Safina Aravane Rezai v.(7) Jelena Jankovic
- (8) Sam Stosur v. (4) Venus Williams
- (5) Kuznetsova Shahar Peer v. (13) Li Na (2) Wozniacki
The player’s 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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