Caroline Wozniacki vs Elise Mertens, Australian Open SF Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki and Elise Mertens will meet in the first semi-final of the day on Thursday at Melbourne Park. Wozniacki is now one step away from reaching her first Australian Open final, her third Grand Slam final overall and is two steps away from finally claiming a maiden Grand Slam title. In Wozniacki’s way is an in form Elise Mertens who will be competing in her first Grand Slam semi-final in what is her first ever appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park. Whilst on paper this may look like an easy match-up for Wozniacki, Mertens is playing the best tennis of her life at the moment, if the Belgian can carry her quarter-final form into this match she will be a huge threat to the Dane.

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Caroline Wozniacki has never had a greater opportunity to win her first Grand Slam title. The Dane has improved her game in all area’s and may finally be ready to step up and make the most of this opportunity. Wozniacki received a second life in the tournament in the second round where she saved match point and came from 1-5 down in the deciding set to beat Jana Fett. Since that match, Wozniacki has been much improved. The world number 2 defeated Kiki Bertens and Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets before confirming her spot in the semi-finals with a 6-0 6-7 6-2 win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Elise Mertens is riding a huge way of momentum, the Belgian has now won 10 matches in a row having arrived in Melbourne fresh off a title run in Hobart. Mertens has stormed into her first Grand Slam semi-final without dropping a set at Melbourne Park. Mertens strolled through to the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time with straight set wins over Viktoria Kuzmova, Daria Gavrilova and Alize Cornet. In the fourth round Mertens came through a nervy clash against Petra Martic before producing her best performance of the tournament thus far to thrash Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-0 in what was the best match the Belgian has played in her career. Mertens executed an ultra-aggressive game against Svitolina, playing a huge percentage of point inside the baseline, consistently punishing Svitolina with her powerful, dynamic game.

It was Wozniacki who won the only previous match between the pair, a hard-fought 7-5 4-6 6-2 victory on clay in Bastad last year. That match showed that Mertens does have the game to really challenge Wozniacki, if Mertens can bring her best tennis to Thursday’s semi-final match in Melbourne she may well cause another big upset.

0 responses to “Caroline Wozniacki vs Elise Mertens, Australian Open SF Preview”

  1. John,

    Miyu Kato to defeat Ying-Ying Duan in 3 sets?

    Don’t you think Ying-Ying Duan will Miyu Kato?

    Ying can win in 2 sets or in 3 sets if she make s a lot of errors or has a slow start.

    Ying is too big, too strong and too experienced for the midgety Kato i think.

    Ying @ AO nearly beat Ostapenko in 3 sets. This shows how strong Ying is. Right?

    Over may be a good bet here as Kato has a little more exp. on IH.

    Still researching.

  2. John,

    Can you have a page open for discussion exclusively for –

    1) TAIWAN OPEN @ TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN

    and a seperate page open for discussions exclusively for –

    2) ST PETERSBURG LADIES TROPHY @ ST. PETERSBURG, RUS

        • No worries. Also I think Kato will win because of the surface, it is sleek and low bouncing I believe.. Kato did well in Tokyo last year on a similar surface. Duan is very inconsistent, Kato is a good chance.

          • I am sorry john, I think kato will get smashed in 2 sets.

            We should always ignore the drug fueled (fueled by 100% home crowd support) performances, unless they are strong enough to replicate that kind of performances in other countries with zilch crowd support! Kato doesn’t perform lor fails badly in other countries except in Tokyo/japan.

            Besides Ying has 2 much adv. in power and skills. She has improved a lot in her skill set the last 1 yr or so whereas Kato has been stagnant for a few years just like her height!lol

          • Not smashed. Could have gone either way. So I’m happy with taking Kato as it was good value despite the close loss.

  3. Junri Namigata to defeat Yulia Putintseva ?

    Yulia has too much experience and skill and has good chances of winning, i think.

    Besides Yulia loves playing indoors. Just look at her IH record in 2017(8/3 for Yulia vs 0/0 for Junri) and other years.

    Junri does not like playing on IH. She is 4/4 her carrer on IH.

    She is slow and weak at 35 tears age also.

    Yulis should pick her form up on IH one of her fav surfaces that too against a very low ranked player on decline.

    Lets see as unexpected things can happen in tennis.

    We can see a 3 setter also as Junri picked up 2 wins @ Taipei in the qualies.

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