Before I start previewing the first of the women’s US Open semi-finals, a shout-out to a WTA piece on a new blog called, When Rain Stops Play. There are so many tennis blogs out there, but this was one of the best pieces I have read in a long time… you can check it out HERE. Note that both women’s semi-finals are on FRIDAY. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Wozniacki v Peng 🙂
TFF DreamTeam: Wild Briar Village is still leading with woo in 2nd place and #teamwoz in 3rd place.
Poll Results: I was pleasantly surprised that the readers of Moo’s Tennis Blog agreed with Moo in going for Makarova over Azarenka! After 204 votes, 53% correctly predicted that Makarova would prevail.
Caroline Wozniacki v Peng Shuai (US Open, SF)
Last night, it suddenly dawned on me that Peng Shuai could be a Grand Slam finalist. It’s enough that she is into the semi-finals, but a GRAND SLAM FINALIST. Safe to say, I couldn’t get to sleep. As crazy as this is, it is equally awesome. I’ve always liked Peng and this fortnight, she has played some superb tennis and is fully deserving of her place in the last four. In the semi-finals, she defeated Belinda Bencic, 6-2 6-1. It was a pretty horrid match to watch as Bencic sunk pretty fast in the second set against Peng’s defence. The Chinese player played a tremendous match, hitting 24 winners to just 7 unforced errors. I can’t put my finger on when Peng started serving so well, but it is such a weapon for her now and she is reaping the benefits.
If you missed Peng’s post-match interview, you have to read it! Peng comes across as a really sweet person and I couldn’t be more happy for her after reaching the semi-finals. Her little giggles remind me of Petra. I am gutted though more people weren’t on Ashe at the end of her quarter-final match with Bencic to give her the applause and adulation that she deserved.
I was worried about Caroline Wozniacki‘s quarter-final match with Sara Errani. I didn’t need to be. Wozniacki rolled past Errani, 6-0 6-1 in just 65 minutes and hitting 26 winners. Like Peng, Wozniacki has been brilliant this week. There was no letdown from her marvellous victory over Maria Sharapova in the fourth round and I don’t think there is any doubt that she is playing the best tennis of her career. The two quarter-finals from the bottom half were both awful, but i’m really hopeful that Wozniacki v Peng will be a good match. Both are in great form and hopefully Peng won’t be overrawed by the occasion.
Wozniacki and Peng have met on six occasions with Wozniacki winning their last five matches. In their last clash at New Haven, Peng took the opening set before being forced to retire midway during the second set. It’s hard to look past Wozniacki reaching her second Grand Slam final based on her recent form and the H2H record. I’m going for Wozniacki, but I expect Peng to put up a great fight. I’ve got high hopes for this match and i’ll be happy whoever wins. Good match, ladies.
Prediction: Wozniacki d. Peng in 3 sets