I’m thrilled to see Li Na back into another semifinal after a few shaky months. I actually think that if she could find a way to keep her aggression but cut down on unforced errors, she could be the best player in the world. Li didn’t have to worry about errors in her quarterfinal match, as Greta Arn put up little resistance in a 6-3 6-1 Li victory.
I’m disappointed for both Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. Certainly, it’s not good to see anybody have to withdraw, as Vika did, from a match with an injury. Also, Masha was starting to hit the ball better so although she won, she was robbed of a chance to come back and win the match outright. Maybe she would have still lost, as Vika took the first set, but we’ll never know.
My biggest disappointment is a third straight loss by Jelena Jankovic to world #1 Caroline Wozniacki. Once again, Jelena pushed Caroline, but just couldn’t finish the show as Wozniacki prevailed 6-3 1-6 6-3.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy one, but I’m getting more comfortable on clay. You always prefer to win quickly and get off the court, but it doesn’t matter if it’s four hours or one hour – I’m just happy to get through.”-Caroline Wozniacki
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (5) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 63 16 63
(6) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (2) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 62 64
(7) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 46 30 ret. (right elbow contusion)
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 63 61