Maria Sharapova

2015 Australian Open, Semi-Final Preview: Ekaterina Makarova v Maria Sharapova

The first of the women’s semi-finals will pit the number two seed, Maria Sharapova up against the number ten seed, Ekaterina Makarova.  Both of Tuesday’s quarter-final matches were pretty sharpish.  Makarova defeated Simona Halep, 6-4 6-0 in just 69 minutes.  Makarova has now reached back-to-back Grand Slam semi-finals.  I wasn’t majorly surprised that Makarova won,…

Dominika Cibulkova

2015 Australian Open, Quarter-Final Preview: Serena Williams v Dominika Cibulkova

The men stole the show on Sunday, but the women ruled Monday.  Serena Williams and Dominika Cibulkova prevailed in frenetic and fantastic fourth round matches that both went the distance.  Last year’s finalist Cibulkova was first into the quarter-finals hitting a barrage of winners to take out Victoria Azarenka, 6-2 3-6 6-3 in two hours…