Maria will face fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the semies. Do you think she will win a second Australian Open title?
Maria Sharapova arrives in Melbourne at the top of her game after winning her 34th singles title in Brisbane. She will wear a Nike Premier Maria Dress:
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Caroline Wozniacki beat 2014 French Open champion Maria Sharapova 6-4 2-6 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals. It is the first tile since the 2012 Australian Open than the Dane reaches the last 8 of a major.
Wozniacki will play No. 13 seed Sara Errani, who defeated veteran Mirjana Lucic 6-3 2-6 6-0.
With Sharapova’s loss, only two top 8 seeds remain in the draw: Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard.
Photo credit: Marianne Bevis
Maria Sharapova practicing at the 2014 US Open on Friday:
Maria Sharapova makes her return to New York after a year’s absence. She will compete in a unique Nike Maria Day Tunic.
Maria’s footwear choice is a customized version of the NikeiD Zoom Vapor 9 Tour (right in the picture below):
Sharapova’s Nike Maria Night Dress on the left:
Eugenie Bouchard’s road to the final
The young Canadian lost in the semifinals at this year’s Australian Open and French Open. At Wimbledon, she beat two top 10 (Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep) to reach her first Grand Slam final. She could become the youngest player to win a Slam since Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.
Lucky 13? The only No.13 seed to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era was Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. Eugenie Bouchard is seeded 13 at this year’s Wimbledon.
|R1||Daniela Hantuchova||7-5 7-5|
|R2||Silvia Soler-Espinosa||7-5 6-1|
|R3||Andrea Petkovic||6-3 6-4|
|R4||Alize Cornet||7-6 7-5|
|QF||Angelique Kerber||6-3 6-4|
|SF||Simona Halep||7-6 6-2|
Petra Kvitova’s road to the final
Petra Kvitova made at least the quarterfinals at Wimbledon five years in a row, but she was nearly out of the tournament in the third round, when Venus Williams led 7-5 5-4 30-all. The best ranked player she had to beat to each the final is No.23 seed Lucie Safarova.
|R1||Andrea Hlavackova||6-3 6-0|
|R2||Mona Barthel||6-2 6-0|
|R3||Venus Williams||5-7 7-6 7-5|
|R4||Shuai Peng||6-3 6-2|
|QF||Barbora Zahlavova Strycova||6-1 7-5|
|SF||Lucie Safarova||7-6 6-1|
Eugenie Bouchard – Petra Kvitova head to head
They met only once, in the second round of Toronto last summer, Petra won in straight sets.
|2013||Toronto||Hard||Petra Kvitova||6-3 6-2|
What they said
I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s been kind of years in the making to me. So I believe in myself and I expect good results. I’ve had a good start to the season, but I expect myself to do even better than that.
I know how it feels when you hold the trophy so I really want to win my second title here and I will do everything I can
Kvitova has the experience, Bouchard has the support of the crowd, who will win? I vote for Bouchard and you? Please share your thoughts.