Ana Ivanovic Wins Third Round Match At 2012 Australian Open, Sets Up Showdown With Petra Kvitova; Can Sabine Lisicki Upset Maria Sharapova?

Ana Ivanovic

Much like the Jelena Jankovic victory over Christina McHale in round three of the 2012 Australian Open, the win by Ana Ivanovic over Vania King, 6-3 6-4, left me conflicted. Ana, like Jelena, is one of my favorite players, but I was rooting for the American Vania as well. With the win, Ana earns a date with 2011 Player of the Year Petra Kvitova. Ana has a 3-0 record against Petra, but you can throw those results out. Those were matches from 2008 and 2009, when Ana was at the top of her game and Petra was far short of what she is now.  I think this match will turn on what Kvitova shows up, the player that blows through opponents or the one that self-destructs with errors. Can’t wait to see this one.

Sabine Lisicki

Another fourth round match I’m excited to see is Maria Sharapova vs Sabine Lisicki. Masha dismissed Angelique Kerber 1 and 2 while Sabine fought back to take out Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2-6 6-4 6-2. Masha leads Sabine 2-0 in career match-ups, both wins occuring in 2011, including the semifinals of Wimbledon. But the win in Miami on hardcourt, where Masha torched Sabine 2 and love, really raises my eyebrow. I hope Sabine can play well this time. She has the physical tools. But where she can have some drama is mentally. She was lucky against Svetlana that she was playing someone who can get down on herself as much as Svetlana can at times. That won’t happen against Masha. The former world #1 is one of the most mentally focused players on tour.

Singles – Third Round
(2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (27) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 60 10 ret. (left leg muscle injury)
(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (30) Angelique Kerber (GER) 61 62
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 76(7) 61
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 63 63
(12) Serena Williams (USA) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 61 61
(14) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (18) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 26 64 62
(21) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Vania King (USA) 63 64
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 67(6) 60 62

PETRA KVITOVA

MARIA SHARAPOVA

EKATERINA MAKAROVA

ZHENG JIE

SERENA WILLIAMS

SABINE LISICKI

ANA IVANOVIC

SARA ERRANI

VANIA KING

VERA ZVONAREVA

MARION BARTOLI

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