martes, 24 de enero de 2017

Coco vandeweghe advances to semifinals of the australian open 2017

CoCo Vandeweghe is through to her maiden Grand Slam semifinal after a masterclass performance against world No.7 Garbine Muguruza.

Her 6-4 6-0 victory is her third out of four meetings against the Spaniard, who was unable to combat the American’s power throughout the encounter.

The opening game was a sign of how the match would play out as the American piled the pressure on Muguruza, earning two break points that the Spaniard was able to save.

The seventh game of the set proved pivotal as the two players fought tooth and nail for every shot in a game that would ultimately last over 10 minutes. Vandeweghe eventually broke the Muguruza serve and quickly consolidated before taking the set 6-4.

The second set followed a similar pattern to the first, except Vandeweghe was able to take her chance and break in the opening game.

Vandeweghe was delighted with her performance, but work still needs to be done if she is to be satisfied with the tournament.

"I thought it was pretty good. I thought I took care of the things that I could control, which is the most important thing: not letting outside factors affect anything that was happening," she said.

"She's going to play some good points. I'm going to play some bad points. Also vice versa, I'm going to play some good points and she's going to play some bad points.

"It feels really good. It's amazing to be in a semifinal. But, you know, not satisfying. I want to keep going, keep playing. There's more things to do out on a tennis court that I'm hoping to achieve."

Venus Williams into semifinals of the australian open 2017

Live your life and forget your age. It’s a simple adage Venus Williams has long subscribed to, one which she only wished her detractors would note.

The 36-year-old again made the best possible statement on Tuesday to stave off questions of hanging up the racquet.

She saw off Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6(3) to reach her first Australian Open semifinal in 14 years and becomes the oldest to progress as far at a major since Martina Navratilova reached the Wimbledon final in 1994.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so excited. Today was such a hard-fought match and she never let up,” a beaming Williams said.

“We’ve always had these quality matches and I knew today would be nothing less.

“It’s wonderful to be here to start the year out with this appearance. I want to go further, I’m not happy just with this.

“I’m so happy to be in a position to go further.”

lunes, 23 de enero de 2017

Karolina Pliskova into quarterfinals of the Australian open 2017. Press conference

Karolina Pliskova in press conference 

“I would like to prove that the people who are talking about me, they are not wrong,” she said.  

“I think there's always some kind of pressure on every tournament. You either have to defend something, or you are in shape and you have to prove that you're really in a good shape. There's always something.

“I just don't want to think about it that much. These expectations and this talking doesn't win me the matches. So I think I still have to play good to win the matches.”

The fifth-seeded Czech did just that on Monday night, ending Daria Gavrilova’s home run at the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-3 fourth-round triumph.

The Czech, who had prevailed in the previous two meetings with the Australian, was particularly impressive on return to disrupt the rhythm of the crowd favourite, and struck 27 winners en route to victory.

Gavrilova enjoyed a breakout run to the last 16 in 2016, but couldn’t quite go one step further this year at Melbourne Park, up against a player many are tipping for the title.

“Definitely I have big confidence already coming from winning (the title) in Brisbane, feeling great,” Pliskova said. “I’m playing some good tennis here and I’m excited to be in my first Australian Open quarterfinal.

“It was especially tough tonight, playing an Australian girl at home. It’s never easy, but I was fighting for every point.

“Not my best performance. But it's a win, so it counts. But for sure we all know I can play better. It was strange match, I would say, even from Dasha. I think she didn't also play really well today.

“The conditions were definitely different compared to the other days, which was much warmer, more humidity, it was faster. Even with the roof closed, was everything like little bit different."

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni into quarterfinals of the Australian open 2017

Eighteen years on, she is back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam after an impressive 6-4 6-2 victory over American qualifier Jennifer Brady at Melbourne Park on Monday.

For the 34-year-old, this is all the more sweeter, given her off-court family struggles which ruled her out of the game for years.

“So much better now. It's incredible now. I mean, back then it was kind of expected of me and it was normal,” Lucic-Baroni said.

“I won a lot as a junior. Then I won a lot as soon as I started playing pro. It was kind of normal. It was normal to win tournaments, normal to win big matches and go far. I mean, it was incredible, of course, but it was more normal.

“But now it's been so long, it's extra fun, it's extra special, for sure.”

Serena Williams into quarter finals of the Australian open 2017

Serena Williams vs strycova 75 64

She had just eight forehand winners, and 23 forehand unforced errors. Basically a three to one ratio in the wrong direction.

For the tournament, Serena has 36 forehand winners. She has amassed 64 forehand unforced errors. That’s a red flag that we simply are not used to seeing from the six-time Australian Open champion.

The problem seems to be getting worse rather than better. In the second round there were nine forehand unforced errors. In the third round there were 14. Now it’s up to 23.

In the same breath, Serena should be concerned about the new problem, and opponents should definitely be concerned that the American star has not dropped a set in the tournament despite her main baseline weapon misfiring.

Serena’ first serve is also misbehaving a little more than normal as well. In seven matches in Melbourne in 2016, Serena hit 53 aces and 16 double faults, including just six double faults in her first four matches. This year Serena has 31 aces and 17 double faults through four matches. The ace total is tracking nicely, but the double faults have already exceeded her 2016 seven-match.

domingo, 22 de enero de 2017

Coco Vandeweghe advances to quarter finals of the Australian open 2017. Kerber out

American CoCo Vandeweghe has stormed into her first Australian Open quarterfinal after stunning women’s top seed and defending champion Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-3 on Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.