Family Circle Cup 2012, Semi Finals

Its a day off for me today although I will probably have the IPL game on TV with the laptop on  the arm of the sofa!

 

S Williams v Stosur:

They meet again! Stosur knocked out Venus  yesterday having had to finish her third round match earlier in the day. That match was 2 and a bit sets and then Venus took her to three sets so it was a tough day for the Aussie.

In contrast Serena played just 5 games before Lisicki retired with an injured ankle.

Their last match ( last week) was close but went Serena’s way. Despite the fact that their 3 most recent matches were all in America and Stosur won 2 of them Williams is again a 1.40 favourite.

Two matches in a day may sap the energy of most WTA players but Stosur is one of the fittest women on the tour. She finished the Venus match strongly.

I would love to see Williams lose this but I think it might be one sister too many for Stosur.

Update: A bit of a strange match. Totally dominated by Williams who looked bored the whole time.

Williams won 6-1, 6-1.

 

Hercog v Safarova:

Head to heads are 1-1. Safarova won on a hard court and Hercog on a clay court. That was red clay which is slower than today’s green clay. The green stuff is more compacted and plays more like a slow hard court which I feel favours Safarova.

None of Hercog’s matches have been televised this week so we only have stats tojudge her performances on. Against Bartoli she served exceptionally well, particularly in the first set, and served several aces. She looked to be out of the match in the third set when Bartoli  led 4-2 but Hercog won the next 4 games to take the victory.

EDIT: The Bartoli match was on Eurosport which I don’t have!

Hercog won a little easier than expected last night against Petrova but its hard to know whether it was due to great play from Hercog or poor play from the Russian.

We did have live video for Safarova’s match with Zvonareva. She was impressive and looked in control for most of the match.

As this is faster than red clay I feel that gives a slight advantage to Safarova but it should be a close one.

Update: That wasn’t the Hercog who beat Bartoli. Saf played well but she didn’t really need to.

Safarova won 6-0, 6-0.

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