Sorry about the delay.  Having friends over for dinner today and struggling with a leg of lamb.

Day 7 Results:

Sharapova over Flipkens with the loss of 1 game.  Do we really know how good  Sharapova is playing right now?

Na Li over Julia Georges – as expected the newly confident Li had a bit of a struggle in the first set but went flying down the stretch

Radwanska over Ivanovic – despite playing superb tennis, Ivanovic just does not have it right now to beat the top women.  However, she fought hard so that is a sign that things seem to be back on track.  Maybe a meal or two and the real Ana will return

Makarova over Kerber – as someone said, Australia is to Makarova as Wimbledon is to Pironkova.  A very good win by Makarova over Kerber. 

Spin’s Day 8 Picks 

Victoria Azarenka v Elena Vesnina – the top seed had her wobble in the previous round.  I just don’t see her going out to Vesnina – Azarenka in straights 

Caroline Wozniacki v Svetlana Kuznetsova – Sveta has the weapons but does she have the legs for a best of 3 tussle with Wozniacki.  I don’t think so.  I think Wozniacki takes this in straights. 

Serena Williams v Maria Kirilenko – how good is Serena’s serve right now.  How good is her movement.  She said that she was happy that she got to test out her cardio in her previous match and she looked devastating in doubles yesterday.   I think she will announce to the field just how strong she is and ready for battle as we head into Week 2 – Williams 

Bojana Jovanovski v Sloane Stephens – battle of the young ones.  From match reports it would seem that if Robson’s shoulder was not  hurting in her previous match, then Stephens would have been sent packing.  I think Bojana has the game but she is not as consistent off the ground as is Stephens.  I think Stephens takes this in straights. 

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