WTA Montreal, Quarter-Finals Preview: S.Williams v Wozniacki, Azarenka v Radwanska

Maria Sharapova’s exit to Carla Suarez Navarro was the big surprise on Thursday in Montreal.  I was absolutely stunned that CSN was able to close out the match.  I was watching Djokovic and then Kvitova so didn’t watch any of the match.  It sounded like a mess, but i’m so happy that CSN was able to win.  Like Djokovic, I have no concerns about Sharapova rebounding at Cincy.  She’ll probably be the favourite as I don’t expect Serena to play Stanford-Montreal-Cincy back-to-back, especially if she wins Montreal.

Petra Kvitova also lost on  a crazy Thursday to Ekaterina Makarova, 6-4 1-6 6-2.  I watched most of the match and it was actually, reasonably high quality.  There was some awesome hitting on show.  Makarova was stunning in the first and third sets, meanwhile peak Petra showed up in the second set.  Petra didn’t play her best in the decider, but she was playing a very tough opponent in Makarova. 

Poll Results: 44% correctly predicted that Radwanska would beat Lisicki and 58% correctly predicted that Venus would beat Kerber.

1. Serena Williams v Caroline Wozniacki (WTA Montreal, QF)

Wozniacki

BFFs, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have both impressed on the tennis court in the last couple of weeks.  Wozniacki won Istanbul and has been is sensational form in Montreal, winning her three matches, 6-1 6-1, 6-1 6-2 and 6-1 6-0.  On Thursday, she was absolutely ruthless in defeating Shelby Rogers in just 56 minutes.  To see Caroline playing with so much freedom and seemingly, bundles of confidence, is really lovely to see.  I still keep seeing tweets about Caroline and Rory (David Law) and I really wish people would just give it up.  Please.  PLEASE.

Serena was in equally dismissive form in her first match against Sam Stosur, beating the Aussie, 6-0 6-2 in just 58 minutes.  She faced a much more challenging match in the third round, defeating Lucie Safarova, 7-5 6-4.  This was a really solid effort from Lucie and although she has come SO far this year, I fully believe she still has a long way to go to reach her best.  And that’s a positive because under the guidance of Rob Steckley, I believe she can do it.  Serena leads the H2H 6-1; Wozniacki’s lone win came in Miami in 2012  I still remember waking up to that result and thinking there was a mistake with the scoreboard.  Serena has since, won their last three matches.  I really, really, really like the way that Wozniacki is playing at the moment. If she takes that positivity into this match against Serena (who is likely to be a little fatigued), then she’s got chances…

Prediction: S.Williams d. Wozniacki in 3 sets

2. Victoria Azarenka v Agnieszka Radwanska (Montreal, R3)

Radwanska

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to give this match its full preview which is of course, a 5,000 word essay.  Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska will play each other for the first time since that wackadoodle match in Australia when Radwanska became totally mega, beating Azarenka, 6-1 5-7 6-0.  The final set bagel was one of the most talked about sets of the year.  In Montreal, Azarenka defeated Heather Watson for the fourth consecutive time.  She had a heavily bandaged knee, but from what I read on Twitter, she didn’t seem to be visibly struggling.  Radwanska took out Sabine Lisicki in three sets, 6-1 3-6 6-3.  On a random note from last night’s matches Venus-Kerber sounded frigging awesome.  I’m going to have to find time to catch up with on that one!

Azarenka leads the H2H 12-4; before Radwanska’s win in Melbourne, Vika had won seven straight matches against Aga, five of them in straight sets.  I really don’t have a clue about this one.  Aga’s looked off for a while, but she’s still made the quarter-finals and is still producing reasonably consistent results.  I’d take Azarenka all the way if she was fit and healthy but is she? I just don’t know.  I’ll go with the original instinct, which was Vika, but I won’t be surprised if she limps out…

Prediction: Azarenka d. Radwanska in 3 sets

WTA Montreal Quarter-Final Predictions

Carla Suarez Navarro d. Venus Williams in 2 sets – This is purely based on the fact that I don’t know if Venus will have anything left in the tank.  I could see Venus winning in two sets, but if it goes three sets, Carla is the heavy favourite for me.

Ekaterina Makarova d. Coco Vandeweghe in 2 sets – Coco has had an incredible week beating Ivanovic and Jankovic back-to-back in two hour and 30 minute plus thrillers.  I doubt she will be able to do it again.  Makarova is playing really well at the moment.

 

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