WTA US Open 4th Round, Day 7 Preview: Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki

In the TFF DreamTeam game, Wild Briar Village continues to lead the way.  Woo is in 2nd place and #teamwoz is in 3rd place.  I’m down in 7th place and have a depleted women’s team. Sunday’s schedule will be lit up with the showpiece match-up between Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova, which will be during the day (woohoo, i’ll be able to watch it!).  I’d really love to hear your thoughts about this match so if you have an opinion, please leave a comment below 🙂

1. Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki (WTA US Open, R4)

Wozniacki (2)Photo by Omar Boraby

The most anticipated women’s match of the US Open so far will pit Maria Sharapova against Caroline Wozniacki.  This is a match of pretty hefty proportions as the victor will become the heavy favourite to make the final from the bottom half.  Of course, favourites means nothing in tennis, but there will be huge opportunities.  Sharapova dropped a set to Alexandra Dulgheru in the second round, but got the job done in straight sets in the third round against Sabine Lisicki.  She won, 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 41 minutes.  Wozniacki lost a set in her first round match to Magdalena Rybarikova, but has since, cruised through.  She looked in sparkling form against Andrea Petkovic, winning 6-3 6-2.  I watched the start of the second set, which was featured some high quality tennis.  Petko is such a great competitor and she did about as much as she could have done with this draw.

Sharapova has won five of their last seven matches.  Wozniacki’s wins came in 2010 (6-3 6-4 at the US Open) and in 2011 (6-1 6-2 at Indian Wells).  Historically, Wozniacki has always struggled to beat the big hitting players when they hit a hot streak.  However, Wozniacki has been playing some really positive tennis in the last few months and with a thoroughly improved serve, is playing arguably her best tennis since topping the world rankings.  Sharapova hasn’t played well since the French Open.  She’s been gritting her way through a lot of matches.

It’s rare for me to change my mind about a match-up but SCREW IT, i’m going for Caroline.  She can rival Maria in the competitor stakes and I just love the way she is playing right now.  She seems to have a better understanding of what she needs to do to be able to beat these types of players (although there’s no guarantee she will be able to do it!)  On a personal note, I’d absolutely love Caroline to win this.  Come on Caro!!!!!!!!!!!

Prediction: Wozniacki d. Sharapova in 3 sets (what am I doing?!?!?!)

2. Sara Errani v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (WTA US Open, R4)

Errani

If you haven’t watched Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s press conference after her win over Simona Halep then I urge you to go and watch it (see link below).

You can see how much this meant to her.  Lucic-Baroni produced a fabulous upset, knocking out Halep in straight sets.  Halep had led 5-2 in the first set and also had set points.  It was disappointing for Halep, but personally, I didn’t have a positive feeling about her for this tournament.  Before the tournament, her draw looked very tough although it never turned out to be as bad as it looked.  Lucic-Baroni demonstrated though, that draws can be meaningless as she summoned her very best tennis to book a place in the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time since 1999 at Wimbledon (!!!)

A potential Halep v Williams 4th round match has become Lucic-Baroni v Errani.  Huge credit must go to Sara Errani for her best performance of the year, raising her game in the third set tiebreak to notch a first ever win over a Williams sister.  She defeated Venus in a wonderfully weird WTA scoreline, 6-0 0-6 7-6(5).  Errani made the semi-finals back in 2012 and is having a good run after struggling through much of the summer hard court season.  This is the first time she has won three consecutive matches on hard courts since making the final of Paris indoors at the beginning of the year.

Errani won their only previous match in 2010 on clay in Palermo. Lucic-Baroni will be a dangerous opponent because she has nothing to lose and looks happy just to be competing and challenging at this level.  I’d definitely give Sara the edge, who really impressed me against Venus.  It’s not Venus-Halep, but i’m hoping it will be a reasonably interesting match if Lucic-Baroni can maintain a solid-ish level.

Prediction: Errani d. Lucic-Baroni in 2 tight sets

9 thoughts on “WTA US Open 4th Round, Day 7 Preview: Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki

  1. Im not sure if you have noticed but all the GS finals this year have been between a GS champ and a 1st-time GS finalist

    only GS champs left (that haven’t won 1 this year- no one is good enough to win 2 now) are serena and vika
    which means the 1st time finalist will be on the other half – I think it will be safarova , this will be her GS semi followed by a GS final to become a top10 regular like fellow Czech Berdych did in 2010

    in mens the person who lost the previous GS final wins the next one – that’s why I think it will be Federer bts wawrinka(or djokovic) . but I hope it will be wawrinka coz then djokovic nadal Federer and wawrinka will have won 1GS and made 1final in 2014 each

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      • I think jj will prove she isn’t worthy of year end champs and lose to bencic

        and even as a sharapova fan I know in 2014 she is only winning through the loudest grunting ive heard in a few years – it wont work vs. anyone who can be aggressive playing well (eg. kerber at Wimbledon)

        so only person stopping safarova in my opinion is woznaicki but I think her resurgence would be too quick to make the final

        if serena loses before semis, vika will win the tournament. Sharapova and azarenka are the two most mentally tough now in the wta – they can win tournaments playing badly like serena used to but not anymore

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  2. I love your prediction for Woz-Sharapova! If she really does it then she could go all the way to the final. And there I’d be def routing for her. what kind of great story would that be? 🙂 …btw such a pity Petra couldn’t go further. was she erratic? had no chance to see any of the matches so far. did you see Kerber-Bencic?

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    • I love your prediction for Caro-Maria too! I see you’re developing into a Wozniacki fan 😉 nothing wrong with that! It’s just so nice to see her smike on court again. Let’s do this Caro!!

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      • I’ve always liked Caro, but i’ve really enjoyed some of her recent matches! This is a heart over head prediction, but there’s enough evidence from the past few months to suggest she has a chance. I’m just hoping it’s not a dud.

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    • It would be great to see Woz beat Sharapova. Absolutely great. Real shame about Petra. I was out yesterday and didn’t watch her match so blame myself entirely for her loss. I saw bits of Kerber v Bencic. BB closed out the match supremely well at the end.

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