Australian Open: Sharapova let down Eugenie Bouchard To Make Semis
Australian Open: Sharapova let down Eugenie Bouchard To Make Semis, Presented as a Glam Slam showdown between two of the most marketable female game, intense Maria Sharapova was all business in the crushing 6-3, 6-2 on a cool, overcast day Melbourne. Sharapova will face Ekaterina Makarova Dark Horse.
Melbourne: Tennis Player Sharapova slapped down young pretender Eugenie Bouchard Tuesday, dominating the ambitious Canadian to set up a semi-final of the Australian Open All-Russian Ekaterina Makarova with Dark Horse.
The world number two, who could claim the top spot of his rival Serena Williams if she wins the title, showed his intent by breaking the seventh seed in the first game of the match and never looked back.
Presented as a Glam Slam showdown between two of the most marketable female game, intense Sharapova was all business in the crushing 6-3, 6-2 on a cool, overcast day Melbourne.
“She plays so well Slam, so confident and aggressive,” said the Russian, projection for a sixth Grand Slam crown and his first in Australia since 2008.
“I really tried to remove her a little. I did a great job of that today. ”
She now faces Makarova, who ran through his match against third seed Simona Halep, more thrash-imagined Romania 6-4, 6-0.
The 26-year-old made the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park twice before, but never reached the semi-finals in seven attempts.
“I love it, it’s a great feeling that I have come across,” said Makarova.
Wednesday in the quarterfinals of other women, to be played, Serena Williams seeded meets finalist last year Dominika Cibulkova while her sister Venus takes American Madison Keys adolescents.
If both Williams sisters win, they will face each other across the net at a Grand Slam for the first time since the Wimbledon final in 2009, which won Serena.
In men, third seed and 14 times Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is looking to expand its superiority over Tomas Berdych in their last eight showdown later Tuesday.
The Spaniard has a 18-3 record on the great Czech seventh seed, winning the last 17 meetings, but insists they both start from scratch on the Rod Laver Arena.
Andy Murray British sixth head will have the home crowd against him when he takes mercurial 19 local Nick Kyrgios in the other last eight clashes.
Murray, twice a Grand Slam champion, but unfortunate in Melbourne in three finals lost, said in a column for The Age newspaper on Tuesday that he has enough experience to handle the situation.
Instead, he feels the pressure will be on Kyrgios with the home crowd barking for a surprise.
“I lived for 10 years Wimbledon – it’s something you have to learn to deal with,” he said of the expectations of the home.
– Stressed –
Sharapova, who also threw Bouchard of the French Open semi-finals last year, gave no quarter Rod Laver Arena, hitting 18 winners and 30 unforced errors forcing the 20-year-old.
“The first two or three balls are so aggressive on his side,” said Sharapova. “I just tried to keep my ground, I knew she would go to her and be aggressive.”
Makarova, her right thigh heavily tied, she said trying to stay grounded and not let it be expectations with Sharapova imminent.
“I need to believe in me. I try not to think really it’s the semifinals, I’m one step from the final, but that’s just a normal game, as always, “she said.
“Just go out there and enjoy my game.”
Halep came into the match as favorite, but its qualities of fight against the marks of its desert, with the talented 23-year saying she felt stressed by the occasion.
“I practiced very well in the morning but I was too stressed out before I started the match,” she said. “It was not really pressure, just a little stressed. I do not know why, “she said.