WTA Indian Wells, Semi-Final Preview #2: Sabine Lisicki v Jelena Jankovic

LisickiWell who’d have thought it… Sabine Lisicki and Jelena Jankovic will meet in the first of the semi-finals on Friday after both players turned the tables on miserable starts to 2015.  This tweet sums it all up perfectly.

It’s nice to be able to get out my happy Sabine pictures again! Lisicki had never won a main draw singles match at Indian Wells before this year and had also won only one match on tour this year.  In the space of one tournament, Lisicki has more than quadrupled her number of wins for 2015 with a sparking run to the semi-finals.  In the quarter-finals, Lisicki saved three match points to oust the defending champion Flavia Pennetta, 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(4) in two hours and 40 minutes.  There were tears once more as Sabine sunk to her knees after converting the match point. It sounded like another fun match and there have been quite a few in Indian Wells.  The one point I did see was the one in the final set that was shared all over Twitter…

The late night quarter-final couldn’t have been more of a polar opposite to the first one of the day as Lesia Tsurenko pulled the ripcord down 6-1 4-1 to hand Jankovic a place in the last four.  An ankle injury picked up in her match with Eugenie Bouchard affected her movement and footwork.  It was a real shame, but it took nothing away from what had been a great week for Tsurenko.  Jankovic’s run hasn’t been as surprising as Lisicki’s, but it has still come somewhat out of the blue.  Jankovic had won just two matches pre-Indian Wells although her form at this tournament has always been good having won the tournament back in 2010.

The Jankovic-Lisicki match-up has always produced intriguing matches; Jankovic leads the head-to-head 4-1 although all four of JJ’s wins came in three sets.  Lisicki’s lone win came in Stuttgart in 2013, which was a match that ranked in my top 20 favourite matches of that year.  I’m really on the fence with this one mainly because of Sabine.  She has demonstrated at Wimbledon and in very fleeting episodes away from SW19 that on her day she can beat just about anyone.  However, I’m still erring with caution despite this awesome week.  Equally, Jankovic has played some great stuff this week.  I watched the highlights for Jankovic’s fourth round match against Belinda Bencic, which was excellent.  Based on the conditions, i’d give the edge to JJ.

Prediction: Jankovic d. Lisicki in 3 sets

Poll results: 62% of readers correctly predicted that Jankovic would beat Tsurenko and 36% correctly predicted that Lisicki would beat Pennetta.

7 thoughts on “WTA Indian Wells, Semi-Final Preview #2: Sabine Lisicki v Jelena Jankovic

  1. If they both play well then this will be SUCH a great match! I’d go with Jankovic for the win though, based on the court type and experience. But Lisicki has had a GREAT week. Garcia and Errani are both in great form and Penetta seems almost unstoppable here.

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  2. Yayyyy. I’ve been waiting for this post all morning! The thought of Sabine & Simona in the final is mouthwatering! Ofc the opposite is likely to happen but who knows. I’ve not seen JJ at all this week but I guess it’s going to depend on Sabine’s serve and her willingness to finish the job. Very excited for this one 🙂

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  3. I’d like Sabine to make it because she’s played great all week. I think Jankovic will come through in 3 sets though. The best thing is that I really don’t care who is playing the final out of all 4 women. Any combination seems to be a promising final and contrast of styles!! Really hope that I wilö be able to watch it.

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  4. Unexpected semi final… Penetta seemed to be on a good rush but Lisicki won.
    Which gives the Butterface Match : Jankovic/Lisicki.

    I think Lisicki will win this butterface match.

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  5. I am a huge Sabine Lisicki fan! I am hoping she wins this semi final match. For having a one match win this season and being mid-March and now playing like the Sabine we know from the 2013 Wimbkedon, good things are in store for the rest of the season, hopefully even a Wimbledon title! Here’s to hopefully another great Semi-Final matchup and another win for Sabine!

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  6. Sabine will win this match, possibly in 3 sets. She’s on a roll atm and as motivated as jankovic is, I believe Sabine is more hungrier. The head to head is in jankovics favor but Sabines in great form comparing the stats and jankovic might make more double faults than sabine. Sabine beat pennetta and pennetta did beat Sharapova. Sabine for the W.

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