Here are the results from Day 8 of the Australian Open
Serena Williams over Maria Kirilenko – is there a more off putting loser in tennis than Kirilenko? I doubt it.
Svetlana Kuznetsova over Caroline Wozniacki – the usual mid-match meltdown by Kuznetsova, and the lack of aggression by Wozniacki was the outcome of this match. It was a very well played match by both women that I found totally enjoyable.
Sloane Stephens over Bojana Jovanovski – I am not surprised that this match went 3 sets. Bojana is a fighter and Sloane, when under pressure tends to play very defensive tennis.
Victoria Azarenka over Elena Vesnina – the World’s No. 1 was in her element, dealing out 2 breadsticks to Vesnina.
Today’s matches and picks for Day 9 are:-
Maria Sharapova v. Ekaterina Makarova – these 2 played in the same round last year with Sharapova winning in 2. Makarova has pushed Sharapova before, but look for Sharapova to pull out this win in straights.
Na Li v. Agnieszka Radwanska – Radwanska served 7 aces in her last match against Ivanovic and saved every break point. She is playing like a woman possessed. Li, on the other hand hit 6 aces and made 4 double faults in her previous match against Georges. These 2 played as recently as Sydney, where Radwanska came out the victor. I think the same thing happens here.