Thursday, January 2, 2014

WTA Round-up
The semi final line up has been decided at the Brisbane International and for the first time in a long time at a high level tournament, all too four seeds has reached the last four. World number one Serena Williams eased her way to a straight sets 63 63 win over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova. Impressively in the first set Williams didn’t lose a point on her serve. Meanwhile as for the other three, they had far tougher matches. Still on the come back from her shoulder injury Maria Sharapova came from a set down to beat Kanepi, 46 63 62. Clearly the mighty Russians fighting spirit is still there which is reassuring her fans. Second seed Azarenka had a second set blip before beating surprise semi finalist Stefanie voegele 64 67 61. Finally jankovic lost a tight first set against Kerber before producing a convincing 67 63 61 win. 

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At the ASB Classic, Venus Williams good start to the season is continuing with a 63 63 win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza. Statistically according to Williams dropped serve twice but won nearly two thirds of points on her serve and 29 of 57 points off Mururuza service games. In the semis Williams will face fellow countrywomen Jamie Hampton who reached her first WTA tour semi final since Stanford in July after battling to a 62 46 64 win over another young American, Lauren Davis. In the other semi final it will be Anna Ivanovic who sailed past Japan's Nara (62 62) facing shock Wimbledon Semi finalist Kirsten Flipkens after the Belgians 64 75 win over Japan's Ishiza.

Li Na Finally at the Shenzhen Open world Number 3 Li Na looks on course to defend her title after her three sets win over Romanian Monica Niculescu. Li Na did admit to issues during her 75 46 64 win. Quoting she said:-“I had to work hard to find my rhythm today and play well against an opponent with such an unusual style of play,”
I need to play these kinds of matches [before the Australian Open]; this way I can make the necessary adjustments and increase my belief in myself.”
Next for the Chinese superstar is 19 year old German Annika Beck. World number 58 Beck came from a set down to beat Austria's Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 36 63 61. In the bottom half of the draw 5th seed Peng Shuai produced a comfortable 63 62 win against Jana Čepelová. Finally the surprise of the tournament by far has been Vania King's impressive run so far. King beat second seed Errani in the second round and continued her great start to the season with a straight sets 62 64 win over Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová.

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