Under incredible pressure at work but below is a quick review of the 4 semifinalists and Ace’s match previews:-
Eugenie Bouchard vs Na Li
Bouchard has made a surprising run to the semifinals with a generous draw where the highest seed she defeated was Ana Ivanovic, who took out Serena Williams. Of the 6 recent that Serena Williams has had at a Slam, only 1 person has gone on to make the final and that was Sabine Lisicki at the 2013 Championships at Wimbledon. Her calm demeanor on court belies the fighter that Bouchard is and this has enabled her to tough out some matches. On the other hand we have Li, who ever since saving match point by inches against Lucie Safarova, has won her last two matches in convincing fashion as her weapons have been clicking with accuracy. Li has made it to the finals twice in the last three years while this is Bouchard’s first ever Slam semifinal (this is her first time playing in the main draw at Melbourne). Will Genie’s Army be able to overcome the overwhelming crowd favourite or will Li use her experience to overcome the youngster.
Ace Prediction: Li 6-3,6-1
Dominika Cibulkova vs Agnieszka Radwanska
Cibulkova has been sharp this fortnight and in the process took out Maria Sharapova running away with the final set. In her other matches, she won very easily in straight sets that included losing only 3 games to Simona Halep. In my opinion, she is the best player that is currently playing that has not reached the Top 10 in her career. Radwanska finally got over the quarterfinal stage in Melbourne and she announced it very loudly as her crafty play frustrated the 2 time defending champion Victoria Azarenka. If you did not see the match, all you need to see is the game where Azarenka served at 0-4 in the final set to see Radwanska’s craft on display. In the match, there were shots that you can not believe that Radwanska pulled off.
Ace Prediction : Radwanska 7-5,6-2