Thursday, August 26, 2010

Safina sets up QF clash with Kirilenko

Russian Elena Dementieva moved into the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen tournament with 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.

Dementieva says she rested for four weeks after tearing a left calf muscle during the French Open and is excited about getting in more matches before next week's U.S. Open.

She will face Marion Bartoli, who defeated Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday. Flavia Pennetta also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova of Bellarus.

Other winners in the afternoon were No.7 seed Flavia Pennetta, No.8 seed Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko and Dinara Safina. Pennetta beat Olga Govortsova, 63 62. "I didn't play my best, but I was consistent and didn't make many mistakes," Pennetta said. "I'm happy to be through to the next round."

The last time Kirilenko and Safina Played, Safina was still struggling with her back, and now seemes to be getting her way back to world's eliete, Kirilenko prevailed in that match 5-4 after safina retired. Kirilenko had a very strong win over Timea Bacsinszky smashing the swiss player 6-3 6-1.

My picks for the semis are:
Wozniacki against Bartoli
Kirilenko against Petrova

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