Australian Open 2011 Quartefinals – Five New Faces

24 Jan 2011 by Hiland in Australian Open 2011

Wozniacki DEN (1) vs. Schiavone ITA (6) – MON PM ET

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

This match between two of the WTA’s best defensive players has the potential for a long, long match. The question is who will crack. As Schiavone showed against Svetlana Kuznetsova, she has tremendous staying power and improves as the match progresses.

Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki has had an easy time marching through the draw without losing a set. Both players struggle with mediocre serves but Wozniacki is the most error-free player on the tour.

Schiavone and Wozniacki have split their four meetings. Schiavone is in tremendous shape but the 4 hour 40 minute win over Kuznetsova will take a toll. She is battle tested but the Dane is fresh.

Wozniacki wins a tough one.

Li CHN (9) vs. Petkovic GER (30) – MON PM ET

Li defeated Clijsters to win the Heineken Cup and anyone who can do that is a threat to go all the way. The tenacious Li made the powerful Azarenka look like any other player, no easy feat, in registering a convincing 6-3, 6-3 Round of Sixteen win. Li is the toughest out on the Wozniacki page of the draw.

Andrea Petkovic, the determined German six footer, who dispatched Maria Sharapova, has had a nice run. For Andrea to win, she must serve to her capabilities. In this David and Goliath match-up, both players are likely to surprise each other.

Li is a well-deserved clear favorite but Petkovic has talent. Look for the German to prevail.

Vera Zvonareva RUS (2) vs. Kvitova CZE (25) – TUES PM ET

Vera Zvonareva just keeps racking up wins in a smooth effort to maintain and possibly improve her ranking. However, Russia’s top player was tested by left handed Lucie Safarova and seemed to have trouble with her spin. Vera hasn’t seen anything yet!

The best Czech left-hander is six foot Petra Kvitova who downed Flavia Pennetta 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Petra will not be able to spot Vera a set. If she comes out firing, she can manage the upset against one of the game’s real bulldogs. These two have played before and have split their two meetings.

Kvitova has the serve and penetrating ground strokes to upset Zvonareva. She must keep the Russian on the court and make her hit the extra ball whenever possible.

Clijsters BEL (3) vs. Radwanska POL (12) – TUES PM ET

Agnieska Radwanska’s arrival in the quarters is a testimony to her great survival instincts. She overcame two match points against Shuai Peng in her fourth round 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win. The 12th seed has improved her play since her nervous first round win over Date-Krumm.

Bookmaker favorite Clijsters has been solid, not losing a set thus far. The Belgian number one has played Radwanska once and was victorious. She will be even more focused in this match.

Clijsters wins in a breeze.

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