13:00 – Schiavone v Dementieva
Rankings are 17 and 5. Head to heads are 5-4 to Dementieva. Dementieva has won their last 3 matches. They have never played on clay.
Schiavone has lost just one set this week and has served quite well.
Dementieva hasn’t been quite so impressive. She was fortunate that Petrova was carrying an injury in their second set and wasn’t able to compete for the rest of the match.
The Betfair market has them almost level but I give a definate edge to Schiavone.
Neither player is strong enough on serve to use Back the Server although Back the Server II is an option on Schiavone.
Better to use 15-40 and scalping.
Update Schiavone won a tight first set and then Demtieva retired.
Schiavone won 7-6 -(Dement retired)
15:00 – Stosur v Jankovic
Rankings are 7 and 4. Head to heads are 3-1 to Jankovic. They have never played on clay.
Stosur has knocked out Serena Williams and Henin. In her last 3 tournaments she has reached a quarter final and 2 finals, winning the Family Circle cup in April.
Jankovic has been below her best in this tournament but has found a way to win her matches. She has dropped just one set.
If her serve is as shaky as it has been she will struggle against Stosur. The Australian will be more able to punish a weak serve than Jankovic’s previous opponents.
I think we’ll see a close match but I expect Stosur to reach the final.
Update: In the end a very one sided match.
Stosur won 6-1, 6-2.