Madrid 2010 Women’s Semi Finals

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The quarter finals at the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open women’s singles event has been completed. Today both matches will be played on Court Manolo Santana. The 1st match of the day will be No.4 seed Venus Williams against Shahar Peer at 12 noon local time in Madrid and the 2nd women’s semi final will be at 4pm and is between Aravane Rezai and Lucie Safarova.

The 1st semi final sees 2 players that have won a lot of matches in 2010 clash. Both have won 20 plus matches each this year on the WTA Tour, which places them amongst the most successful players this year. The 29 year old Venus holds a 4-0 record against Peer including wins this year in Dubai and Rome. The 1.85m American has been playing at a consistently high level for the past 6 months and will be rewarded on Monday when she moves up to No.2 in the world rankings.

The 23 year old Peer cannot play her usual consistent game style against Venus, if she wants to reverse the flow of 4 wins by Venus against her. The Israeli will need to take the game to the 7 time Grand Slam singles champion by playing aggressively through going for her shots in order to force Venus into mistakes. At 1.72m Peer is much shorter than Venus and lacks the firepower of the former World No.1, but will have to attack intelligently and especially go after the 2nd serve of Venus in order to make her 1st singles final of a Premier Mandatory event.

The 2nd semi final should present a great opportunity for Rezai and Safarova. Both players are unseeded players and have achieved their best career result at a major tournament by making the semi finals at the Madrid Premier Mandatory event. Rezai is having a break through tournament after beating Justine Henin and Jelena Jankovic, whereas Safarova has now made 3 clay court quarter finals in a row. This should be a battle as both women would love to cap off their best effort by having a chance to win the title in the Madrid final on Sunday.

Pictured above is the 23 year old Safarova after completing her service action. The left handed Czech snapped 3-0 record that Nadia Petrova held over her to progress one round further than she did in Rome last week. The 1.77m will need to serve very well and keep her mistakes to a minimum as her shorter opponent has a lot of firepower. Safarova won their last match and the 2 are tied at 1 win a piece, but have not played since Estoril in 2007. They are both at the top of their games so it wil be entertaining.

The 23 year old Rezai of France is just 1.65m tall yet packs a mean punch. Former World No.1 Jankovic after losing to Rezai said, “To be honest, I’ve never played a player who hits every ball like that. Some players hit the ball really hard, but no one hits every single ball like that. Doesn’t matter if it’s a high ball or a low ball. It was tough to read.”

Rezai is riding a wave of achieving personal bests, she passed her 1st quarter final test and now has her 1st semi final challenge. If she can maintain the level of play she showed against Jankovic she will make her 1st final at this level.

Rezai who will be in the Top 20 for the very 1st time on Monday after winning her quarter final said, “I just kept fighting, especially at the end of the first set. I had a lot of set points. It was tough for me to see her keep coming back. It was important to win the 6-5 game. I will try to fight like that in the semifinals. It’s another day. I’ll enjoy my win today and will think about my next match tomorrow.”

For further details about the women’s singles event, including when the finals are scheduled to be played, you can visit -> Madrid Women’s Schedule of Play.

The results from yesterday’s quarter finals were:

  • Safarova d. (16) Petrova 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
  • Rezai d. (7) Jankovic 7-4 6-4
  • (4) V.Williams d. (8) Stosur 6-3 6-3
  • Peer d. (13) Li Na 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

The women’s singles semi final draw is:

  • (1) S.Williams Lucie Safarova v. Aravane Rezai (3) Safina
  • (4) Venus Williams v. Shahar Peer (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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