Australian Open 🇦🇺 Quarter-Final Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro
Caroline Wozniacki and Carla Suarez Navarro will go head-to-head at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday. Wozniacki is edging closer and closer to a maiden Grand Slam title, the former world number 1 is widely regarded as the best player to never win a Grand Slam and will be desperate to change that over the next week. Suarez Navarro will also have dreams of winning a Grand Slam, the Spaniard has reached the final 8 of a Grand Slam on 5 previous occasions but is still looking to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final. Will Wozniacki’s recent dominance of Carla continue or can the Spaniard extent Wozniacki’s Grand Slam misery?
Caroline Wozniacki has been ruthless ever since she saved match points in her second round win over Jana Fett. Wozniacki received a lifeline at Melbourne Park after she trailed Jana Fett 1-5 15-40 but survived courtesy of the Croatian tightening up. Wozniacki is seemingly playing with more freedom since that win over Fett. The former world number 1 beat Kiki Bertens 6-4 6-3 before thrashing Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-0 to confirm her spot in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the third time in her career. If ever Wozniacki is going to win a Grand Slam it is now, can the Dane make the most of this opportunity?
Carla Suarez Navarro is into the quarter-final stage at Melbourne Park for the third time in her career, making the Australian Open Carla’s most successful Grand Slam event, which is surprising given clay has always been the Spaniard’s favourite surface. Suarez Navarro arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has displayed her trademark determination to fight through the draw. Suarez Navarro started the event with a tight 2 set win over Magdalena Frech before beating Timea Babos in 3 sets. The world number 40 has come from a set down over a pair of huge hitters to reach the final 8, beating Kaia Kanepi 3-6 6-1 6-3 before beating Anett Kontaveit 4-6 6-4 8-6. Carla Fought from a set and 1-4 down in her win over Kontaveit and came from a break down in the final set, a huge win for Carla.
Wozniacki holds a fairly commanding 5-2 head-to-head record over Suarez Navarro. Wozniacki has won all 3 of the previous matches between the pair but it was Carla who won their most recent match, a 6-4 2-6 6-2 on clay in Madrid last year.