Australian Open Women’s Singles Day 7: Ana Ivanovic Shocks Serena Williams, Li Na Keeps Rolling

Ana Ivanovic pulls upset of the tournament (click to enlarge)

Sometimes you follow a player, you see their talent, what they’ve been and what they coud be, but it’s just heartbreak after heartbreak. I’ve been hanging in there with players like Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki…oh yeah, and Ana Ivanovic. I’ve seen Ana be in so many winning positions during matches, only to somehow implode and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Maybe…just maybe, 2014 could be the year she turns it around and returns to being the kind of player she was when she was world #1. She started her year in triumph, winning the 2014 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, besting Venus Williams in a hard hitting final. Well, now Ana can make it 2 for 2 in 2014 head to head matchups with the greatest sister duo in tennis history. Playing with a confidence and belief I’ve not seen from her in some time, Ana knocked 5-time champion Serena Williams out of the 2014 Australian Open with a rousing 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory.

“I actually believed. I had some confidence coming into today’s match. I really did certain things extremely well, and I kept her under pressure throughout the whole match, I felt.” – Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic (click to enlarge)

Some will, and have, diminished Ana’s win a bit by pointing out that Serena was error-prone and not at her best. That’s true. But what I saw was a player in Ana who was hitting Serena’s shots back at her with ball striking not seen since Samantha Stosur in the 2011 US Open final. Then Serena’s coach hinted at a back injury that hampered her play. Ok. Let me say this. When Serena wins, I don’t hear a bunch of folks making excuses for her opponents. I’m not saying there might not have been something wrong with Serena. I’m saying that every player has played matches while dealing with injuries and they don’t get legions of folks poking holes in their opponents victories over them. Ana won this one, plain and simple. Deal with it.

Li Na cruises into quarters (click to enlarge)

However, Ana need not start celebrating too much yet. Her reward for ousting Serena is a match with the fast rising Canadian 19-year old, Eugenie Bouchard. Genie defeated Ana at a Major last year, bouncing her from Wimbledon in the second round. That’s their only meeting to date. So Ana will need to bring the same level of play that has made her undefeated so far in 2014. Even if she gets by Genie, the top half of the draw is now Li Na’s to win or lose. Although she barely survived her third round match, she looked amazing in her fourth round match. I though Ekaterina Makarova would give her some trouble, but Li Na blew her off the court 2 and love. I anticipate a much sterner test from Flavia Pennetta, who is one of those players who flies under the radar but can take out a top seed on any given day. Li Na has reached the Australian Open final in 2 of the last 3 years. It’s within reach for her to make it 3 out of 4…unless Flavia, Genie or Ana can derail her.

WOMEN’S SINGLES – 4TH ROUND – COMPLETED
1 2 3
S. Williams #1 6 3 3
A. Ivanovic #14  « 4 6 6
WOMEN’S SINGLES – 4TH ROUND – COMPLETED
1 2 3
L. Na #4  « 6 6
E. Makarova #22 2 0
WOMEN’S SINGLES – 4TH ROUND – COMPLETED
1 2 3
E. Bouchard #30  « 6(5) 6 6
C. Dellacqua 7(7) 2 0
WOMEN’S SINGLES – 4TH ROUND – COMPLETED
1 2 3
A. Kerber #9 1 6 5
F. Pennetta #28  « 6 4 7

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ANA IVANOVIC

LI NA

EUGENIE BOUCHARD

FLAVIA PENNETTA

SERENA WILLIAMS

EKATERINA MAKAROVA

CASEY DELLACQUA

ANGELIQUE KERBER

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