Friday, 2 September 2011

US Open Day 5 - Peng & Pennetta to clash, Sharapova out

Peng Shuai came through a tight encounter with Julia Goerges, 6-4 7-6. The first set was a close affair but Peng was the more consistent player; Goerges as usual, was spraying too many balls. It was a pretty average match for a set and a half but it came alive towards the end of the second set as Goerges fought off four match points (1 at 5-4 and 3 at 6-5) producing some stunning winners in the process to force the second set into a tiebreak. However after fighting so well to get there, Goerges was strangely subdued in the tiebreak and went totally off the boil. Peng eased to victory closing the match out with an ace down the T. So many players would have got tight wasting 4 match points, but Peng held her nerve superbly to wrap this match up in two sets.

Come on Peng... make the semis!!!

Peng will now play Flavia Pennetta who caused an almighty upset by beating the number 3 seed, Maria Sharapova, 6-3 3-6 6-4. Sharapova once again struggled with her serve and made 60 unforced errors in a disappointing performance. Normally she can find a way through but Pennetta played a superb match and kept battling hard despite letting a 4-1 lead in the third set go to 4-4. However the turning point came at 4-4 30-30 when Pennetta produced an exquisite drop shot to draw Sharapova into the net and create the winner. Pennetta did not lose another point in the match as Sharapova's serve deserted her in the final game. This totally smashes this section open and I am really hopeful now that one of my favourites, Peng Shuai can make the Semis!

Pennetta played a superb match, which came as a big surprise following a terrible summer hard court season

Monica Niculescu demolished Lucie Safarova, 6-0 6-1 in what was a dreadful performance by the Czech. Safarova struggled in the first set to deal with the crafty, Niculescu who used her unusual, yet effective forehand slice to good effect. It is almost a chop on the ball but it worked well at rattling Safarova. At the end of the match, Niculescu was barely getting her pedestrian serves over the net but Safarova continued to make errors and was unable to find a way to make winners past Niculescu. Monica Niculescu will now play Angelique Kerber in a somewhat surprising 4th round match-up!

Safarova played a terrible match, one that she will want to erase from memory!

Vera Zvonareva beat Anabel Medina Garrigues in a tight two set match, 6-4 7-5. Zvonareva never seems to impress in her matches but always manages to find a way to win. I must admit I am not a fan of Zvonareva; I find her pretty boring to watch and would like to see her go out soon because there is no way she should be number two in the world! She will next play Sabine Lisicki who played a stunning match to demolish Irina Falconi, 6-0 6-1. Lisicki is playing with a great deal of confidence but she will have to bury some demons against Zvonareva; she has lost their last two encounters in three sets but I fancy her to beat Zvonareva this time round.

Zvonareva will play Lisicki in an exciting 4th round match-up... come on Lisicki!

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