Friday, January 13, 2012
Winning a first set 6-1 is, well...bad.
Closing in on the top spot and just two wins away, Kvtiova came into her semi as the strong favorite. Playing the tennis that talk her the Wimbledon and Season Ending Championships titles Kvitova stormed to a 6-1 3-1 lead and had a point to extend her lead to 4-1. Li called her husband and coach on court and with wise words along the lines of "If you keep playing like this, I can go book our flight to Melbourne now", obviously the Chinese world number five wanted to stick around in Sydney for while longer as she fought back to force a deciding set with Petra Kvitova. A tight battle in the early stages of the set didn't not continue as Li began to rattle the usually composed power house that is Petra Kvitova. Li Na broke the mammoth serve of her opponent not once but twice to advance to the final of Sydney and continue her strong title defense.
In the second semifinal with out knowing the results of their previous matches, you would think it was Azarenka who didn't finish till midnight, had to meet press, cool down and end up in bed around 2.30 am and not Radwanska. It seemed to all catch up to Radwanska in the second an thrid set and fatigue set in and Victoria upped her game, showing improvements not only in psychical but mental game as well. Azarenka in the end proved too strong for her tiring friend prevailing to make her first final in Sydney, following semi and quarterfinal showings in the past.
Li Na leads the head to head with Azarenka 4-2, however Azarenka won their most recent meeting in sensational form 6-2 6-2 in the Year End Championships.