Saturday, April 9, 2011

Semi's set in Charleston. Btw, I am in Poland...

Yesterday morning my mother informed me that my great grandmother, had become sick, because of her age, and a break in uni, I decided to catch a last minute flight (yesterday afternoon) to Poland to see her, because there might not be many chances left. If you hadn't gather already my great grandmother lives in Poland, just clarifying. I will still be keeping you up-to-date with the latest in tennis news!

As mentioned earlier, the semifinals have been set at Charleston and Caro, JJ, Peng and Vesina all advanced on the green clay of Daniel Island.

Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic set up a blockbuster semifinal clash at the Family Circle Cup on Friday, though they had far different experiences in their respective quarterfinal matches.

Wozniacki, seeded No.1 and seeking her first title in Charleston, had a big battle on her hands, rallying from 1-3 in the second set and 2-4 in the third set to beat No.6 seed Yanina Wickmayer in the afternoon heat, 4-6 6-4 6-4.

"Yanina played very well today. She was cracking winners from left and right," Wozniacki said. "I knew I had to change something. If you're down, you need to. I decided to go for my shots and stay aggressive, and if I lost that way, okay, it's just too good from her today. I knew I would get one chance and that I had to take that one. I did and it turned out in my favor, so I'm very happy."

Wickmayer was looking for her first Top 5 win. "She's No.1, so she has to have something why she wins all her matches," the Belgian said. "I guess it's because on the important points she's a little bit better than any other player."

Awaiting Wozniacki in the semifinals will be Jankovic, who rolled past young American Christina McHale later in the day in a much simpler match, 6-2 6-0. Jankovic was the champion here in 2007 and is seeded No.3 this year.

Jankovic leads Wozniacki in their head-to-head series, 4-1.

"We've never played each other on clay," Jankovic added. "Obviously we know each other's games very well, but I want to play my tennis. I want to continue to do the things I do best and not really let her do what she likes to do best."

Also reaching the final four in the day was No.11 seed Peng Shuai, who dropped the first set against Sania Mirza but never fell behind again to beat the Indian qualifier, 2-6 6-2 6-2. It was Peng's 25th main draw match win on the WTA this year, more than anyone else (Wozniacki is in second place with 24).

At night, Elena Vesnina built on her third round upset over No.2 seed and defending champion Sam Stosur with a 2-6 6-2 6-2 win over No.12 seed Julia Goerges. Vesnina's win over Stosur was her first Top 5 win and after losing the first set against Goerges she found her winning aggression again, taking control of the rallies away from the big-hitting German with some big hitting of her own, in particular some pinpoint down-the-lines off both her forehand and backhand.


Carlos said...

Captain I'm sorry to hear about your great grandmother. I hope she stays healthy for many years.

On my mom's side we experiencing a similar situation. My grandmother is turning 100 later this year, but her health is an issue. We are planning to celebrate her birthday if she makes it. Unlike you Captain I really don't want to go back to my native country the last time was horrible; but I really want to see my grandmother again because it will really be the last time. Practically she raise me till I was nine.

Enjoy those precious moments along side your great grandmother.

Back to tennis. I have:
JJ and Peng in the final.

Too much on court time for The Big Bunny it will take its toll in the semis. Look for the Bunny to be racket throwing during the match. JJ will still The Bunny's eggs (with basket too). :P

Peng is the surprise player of 2011.

caps321 said...

Emily, I hope your great grandmother recovers soon!

If Carlos says the Bunny will be throwing her racket.. I'm getting very excited!

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Thankyou both for your kind wishes!

Caps321, I'll look out for Aggie for you ;)

Carlos, I hope your grandmother does make to 100! And you are able to celebrate as a family! My great grandmother has 4 years left to go till 100, but hoping she makes it!

I also think it will be a JJ Peng final, JJ will bring her A game, and when she does that on clay, she is indestructable!

I will also be hoping the buuny will smash her racquet! (sorry translation needed; racquet (australian) = racket (USA)

caps321 said...

Emily, can you steal Aggie's hair straightener?

caps321 said...

haha Bunny is losing 0-2 and just bounced her racket off the ground!

caps321 said...

Jankovic should be ashamed of herself. She just lost the first set 6-4.

caps321 said...

Vesnina WINS!!!!!!!!!!

7-6, 6-3

Now if she can just take out the Bunny...

Carlos said...

Thank you Captain.

Typical of me always getting wrong predictions in the semifinals no matter the sport.

What the hell happened to JJ? Her best results have been on clay, she seemed to have The Big Bunny's number, and was the fresher player of the two. What does JJ do? Lays an egg for The Bunny to steal.

I don't see Vesnina winning , I see her choking in the final. I guess we will se the Bunny raising the trophy. Boooooooo! :P

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

I was disapointed with JJ's efforts! Could have and should have won!

Bunny will win Charleston, and Vika will obviously win Marbella!

caps321 said...

Switching to newer thread.

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