The tennis season is now picking up steam again. ATP has two 500s going on right now – one in Beijing, the other in Tokyo. A host of the big names in tennis are in China, this week in Beijing and next week in Shanghai.
Let us take a look at the Quarter-Finals lined up on both the men’s and women’s side.
Serena Williams Vs Caroline Wozniacki
Serena is not as dominant as she was a few weeks ago at the US Open, but she should still get a win here. Wozniacki will have to play her very best to even get 1 set.
Serena in 2.
Petra Kvitova vs Na Li
Kvitova, one of my favourite ball strikers in tennis seems to be in a bad habit – needing a 3rd set to pull off wins. She may not want to tempt the tennis Gods with another deciding set. I will go with the home-favorite, Na Li.
Na Li in 3 sets.
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Angelique Kerber
This is my pick for the match of the day. Kerber’s sensational shot-maing against Radwanska’s variety. Kerber’s aggressive game against Radwanska’s crafty and defensive game. I will take Radwanska in THE MATCH of the day,
Radwanska in 3 sets.
Jelena Jankovic vs Lucie Safarova
Jankovic has the game to make a deep run to the title. With one the sweetest double hand back-hands, hard to against JJ. Safarova is playing some good ball and can definitely take out JJ, but I am going JJ.
Jankovic in 2 sets.
Fabio Fognini vs Rafael Nadal
I had picked Haas to make it to quarterfinals, but Hewitt beat Haas and Fognini them hammered Hewitt. Nadal is continuing his winning streak, 18 matches in a row now. Expect him to make it 19, but Fognini can give Nadal some trouble.
Nadal in 3
Sam Querrey vs Novak Djokovic
Querrey is making the best of some of the fastest conditions on the ATP tour and put together a few big wins. Djokovic had to work doubly hard against Verdasco, but prevailed in 3. I expect him to clean up his act and clean up Sam in 2.
Djokovic in 2
David Ferrer vs Richard Gasquet
This is THE MATCH of THE DAY! It is a re-match of their US Open Quarter-final, which was a cracking 5 setter that Gasquet won. Should Gasquet bring that kind of form, he should prevail. Ferrer will not give an inch and as he always does, will fight till the umpire calls is “Game Set and Match”. This is a toss-up but I will go with Gasquet.
Gasquet in 3.
“Big John” Isner vs Tomas Berdych
A real battle of big servers, something that is a rarity in quaterfinals in this era if slower courts. I had picked Berdych in my pre-tournament preview and I will go with him.
Berdych in 3
Enjoy Tennis and Life, folks!