We have reached the quarter finals stage in London. Only really one result yesterday that raised the odd eyebrow which was David Ferrer losing to Nishikori. What made it even more surprising was the fact that Nishikori won the first set 6-0! I didn’t watch the game but oddly the match was moved to Centre Court at 5-4 to Nishikori in the 3rd set with Ferrer to serve. When they resumed on Centre Ferrer was broken to lose the match.
Murray is up against Almagro who has beaten him on clay but both times they met on a fast court Murray won in straight sets ( 1 with a retirement in the second set). Almagro hasn’t lost a set so far and will put up a decent fight. Murray lost the opening set to Baghdatis but looked strong after that. He always looked like he had another couple of gears to use if needed. I expect straight sets to Murray in this one. Almagro’s best hope is if he serves rockets throughout the whole match.
Kerber played a great match to beat Venus Williams yesterday. Today she is up against Azarenka who also had a tough match yesterday but Petrova was eventually despatched in straight sets.
The Betfair tennis page shows the result of this match!! Apparently Azarenka will win 6-2, 6-2.
Kerber’s big game seems to suit Azarenka who is able to use the German’s pace against her. Kerber doesn’t yet believe she can beat top ten players but I expect her to fight all the way. I expect Aza to be too strong in the end but I am hoping we get a price over 1.75 to spark my interest. Hopefully another great match.
Serena is at 1.12 against Wozniacki. It’s a cheap enough lay although I don’t really believe. In her last match Woz hit her shin on the chair after chasing down a ball from Hantuchova. Replays suggested it was the lightest of knocks yet Woz asked for ice for the “wound” on more than one occasion. You can’t help thinking that in the same situation Serena would have climbed onto the Centre Court roof with the chair and ripped it to shreds whilst beating her chest (King Kong style).
Tsonga’s long match a couple of rounds ago will probably have finished any chance he had of beating Djokovic today. The Frenchman is hitting the ball exceptionally well though and I expect him to put everything into the first set. He needs to win in straight sets I would think.
Clijsters leads the head to heads with Sharapova 5-3 and won their last match in 2010. A lot has happened since then. Both are former world number 1’s but Sharapova is still up there challenging for top spot. Clijsters is more of a part time player who is winding down her superb career. Both players have an incredible amount of experience of playing the big matches and winning those matches. I think this could go to 3 sets. Clijsters served pretty well against Ivanovic and if she can do the same today she is in with a chance. Something tells me Sharapova will edge it but its so close and a tough call.