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Australian Open: Women’s Semifinal Predictions

Photo of Elena Dementieva by Chris Taylor.   

Photo of Elena Dementieva by Chris Taylor.

This year’s semifinal provides two very interesting matchups. The first match is between two potential first-time grand slam winners in Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva. Based upon their play in their quarterfinal matches, both players appear to be playing well at the moment and either of them could easily win this match. I believe that Zvonareva will upset Safina. Not only did she look very strong against Bartoli in the quarterfinals, but she has defeated Safina the last three times that they have played each other, all of which came last year, were on hard courts, and were all in straight sets. I believe that Safina has improved her game, even since last year, but her weakness is her mental strength, and knowing that she is going against someone who has beaten her three times in a row, combined with with the pressure of playing in a Grand Slam semifinal, may be too much for her to handle. Zvonareva in straight sets. 

The other matchup is even more difficult to predict. Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva were two of the favorites coming into the tournament, but neither of them has played to their true potential during this tournament. Dementieva, however, has played better than Williams during this tournament. In fact, Williams is pretty lucky to even be still in the draw because Victoria Azarenka had her beat in their match, before she unfortunately had to retire. Additionally, Dementieva has defeated Williams the last three times that they have played, including just a few weeks ago in Sydney. Dementieva in three sets.

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