by Karen 

Whew!!! I hope everyone is now breathing after last night’s thrilling match between Petra Cetkovska and Caroline Wozniacki.  It was tennis at its finest with some wonderful rallies and great shot making from both women.  Cetkovska saving match point after match point against one of the best defenders on Tour says a lot about her mental game.  For those who did not watch the match and are perhaps of the view that Wozniacki choked, I disagree.  Cetkovska hit some amazing winners down match point and frankly there was nothing Wozniacki could have done.  However, it was in the tiebreak that I believed Wozniacki lost this match.  After going down an early mini-break, Wozniacki seemed to have lost all her fighting power, despite getting the mini-break back to level at 1-1.  After that, she just did not seem to have anything left to fight on and Cetkovska ran away with the tie-break and the match.

Today’s Day 5 sees the top half of the women’s draw and the highly anticipated match between Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic.  Venus leads the head to head 3-0 with their last meeting earlier this year in Dubai being a lesson from Venus on how to play attacking tennis.  Bencic is a different player since Dubai.  She is more mentally focused and she is willing to stay in rallies a lot longer.  Venus will have to use all her experience, and look to move forward as much as possible to stave off the youngster.  Both players are coming back from playing tough 3 setters in the previous round and so the playing field should be level as regards fitness.  This one is too tough to call but I think Venus will eke out this win.
Below are today’s matches with Spin Picks:
Court Assignment
Arthur Ashe
Williams (S) v. Mattek-Sands
Williams (V) v. Bencic (match of the day)
Svitolina v. Makarova
Kasatkina v. Mladenovic
Kontaveit v. Brengle
Louis Armstrong
Bouchard v. Cibulkova
Keys v. Radwanska
Court 17
Vinci v. Duque-Marino

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