Predictions for quarter-finals( day 10 )
Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Makarova
Azarenka struggled against her opponents, but she managed to win that matches. She especially struggled against Aleksandra Krunic. Victoria beaten Doi, McHale, Vesnina and Krunic along the way to the QFs. Makarova played amazing at the US Open this year. She didn’t drop a set the whole tournament. She beaten Min, Hercog, Diyas and Bouchard along the way to the QFs. Victoria is playing consistent and aggressive tennis, but will it be enough to beat giant-killer Makarova? I don’t think so. I believe that Makarova will finally break the curse and that she’ll advance to the SFs at the Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Victoria is a huge fighter, but unless Makarova beat herself, I don’t see how Victoria can win this. Ekaterina knows to play horrible matches sometimes, but I’m hoping that she’ll be at her normal level. She’s really underrated and I know she deserves more attention.
Prediction: Makarova in 3 sets
Serena Williams vs Flavia Pennetta
Serena Williams played amazing at this year’s US Open. She didn’t drop a set the whole tournament just like Makarova and Peng. She beaten Townsend, King, Lepchenko and Kanepi along the way to the OFs. Flavia played pretty good too. She beaten Goerges, Rogers, Gibbs and DellAcqua. She reached her second Grand Slam quarter-final this year. I would choose Serena to win this in two sets, but she asked for a medical time-out in her doubles match so I’m worried for her. I’m not sure she’s healthy for this match 100%. If Serena is on her normal level, she’ll beat Flavia easily. However, if she have an injury, Pennetta will use it to win the match. Flavia is a good player and Serena must play well if she wants this victory. Healthy Serena will win this match in 2 sets, but injured Serena will give Flavia walkover or she’ll retire her match.
Prediction: Serena in 2 tight sets or Flavia via walkover or retirement