Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 AUS OPEN: Top 4 Seeds In Both Draws Into 4th Round

We are just about halfway through the 2014 Australian Open and upsets have been rare. There are only 16 people left in the draw on the men's and women's side and the Top 4 are alive in both halves.

On the men's side Novak Djokovic [1], Rafael Nadal [2], David Ferrer [3], Andy Murray [4] and Roger Federer [6], Tomas Berdych [7], Stanislas Wawrinka [8] and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [10] are still in the tournament. Unfortunately for 17-time major champion Federer, he will face Tsonga in the round of 16, the tightest clash among closest seeds in that round. Tsonga beat Federer in the 2013 French Open quarterfinals but lost to him in the australian Open quarterfinals here last year. The Swiss great has a 9-4 head-to-head record versus the Frenchman. This match will be a good test to see if Federer will have a better year in 2014 than he did in 2013. Go Roger!!

On the women's side, Serena Williams [1], Victoria Azaarenka [2], Maria Sharaopva [3], Li Na [4], Agnieska Radwanska [5],  Jelena Jankovic [8], Angelique Kerber [9] are still left in the tournament. The most exciting match-up in the 4th round should be between 2013 most improved player Simona Halep [11] and Jankovic. The pop-corn match of the round will be a reprise of last year's controversial semifinal between Azarenka and Sloane Stephens [13]. Go Sloane!!

1 comment:

carter said...

Well, I hope the Jankovic/Halep match lives up to your expectation(s), but that match that Serena just lost most surely did not.
Losing to Sloane last year and now Ana this year - gee, you would think she was playing Indian Wells and not wanting to return!


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