Peng Shuai vs (10) Caroline Wozniacki
2014 US Open surprise package Peng Shuai will face her toughest task of the fortnight in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final when she takes on former finalist Caroline Wozniacki. This promises to be an entertaining battle between two inform players.
No one in the tennis world would have predicted Peng Shuai to reach the semi-finals of this years US Open. Peng’s greatest results over the past few years have been in doubles with her partner Su-Wei. It has been a fairytale run for the 28 year old who has twice contemplated retiring over the past couple of years. Peng’s passage to the semi-finals hasn't been easy, she produced one of the upsets of the tournament in the second round to defeat fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets as well as defeating Lucie Safarova and Roberta Vinci in straight sets. Peng totally routed Belinda Bencic in the quarter-finals, hitting 22 winners to just 7 unforced errors in a totally commanding performance.
Caroline Wozniacki’s recent resurgence has continued in New York, the Dane is poised to reach her second Grand Slam final. Like Peng, Wozniacki’s pathway to the semi-finals hasn't been easy. The former world number 1 impressively breezed past Andrea Petkovic in the third round before producing a stunning performance to defeat Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. Wozniacki totally outplayed Errani in their quarter-final encounter, hitting 26 winners on route to a 6-0 6-1 drubbing.
Wozniacki has a commanding 5-1 head to head record over Peng Shuai; the Dane has won the last five meetings between the two. Their most recent encounter was last year in New Haven; Peng won the first set but was forced to retire in the second set.
This will be a totally new experience for Peng Shuai, im not sure how she will deal with the occasion. Wozniacki is played incredibly well at the moment; she should be too strong for Peng.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Peng Shuai in straight sets