Get the shriek-o-meter ready. It’s Azarenka versus Sharapova.

26 Jan

There has been much at stake in the womens draw at this years Australian Open. The top players are not just paying for the first major of the year, but also the #1 world ranking. Coming into the tournament, any one of Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova would leave Melbourne Park as the number 1 ranked player on the womens tour. Wozniacki fell by the wayside, courtesy of Kim Clijsters. So then there was 3.

Womens semi finals day here at Melbourne Park and whilst the casual observer may have thought the favourites got up, most “experts” concur both semis were upsets. In the first semi-final current WTA #3 Victoria Azarenka won in a tough 3 set battle with defending champion Kim Clijsters. Clijsters seemed to be on track to go back to back following her gritty win over Li Na, saving 5 match points along the way. “Aussie” Kim was not disgraced and pushed Azarenka to a tough 3 setter.  Azarenka’s elongated screams and fist pumps will now be on show in the womens final on Saturday.

The other semi saw another gritty 3 setter. In what was a re-match of the 2011 Wimbledon final WTA #2 Petra Kvitova took on the shrieking WTA #4 Maria Sharapova. The result from Wimbledon was reversed, with Sharapova winning in 3 tight sets. So it is all set up for a classic confrontation. To the winner the Daphne Akhurst trophy, the first major of the year AND the world #1 ranking. It’s all on the line. Make sure you are watching, just don’t forget the ear muffs.

The PRO.

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