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ATP and WTA semi-final round up and final previews

So the finals lineups are set for all tournaments this week.

Slowenia Open:

Singles - Semifinals
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 62 10 ret. (right wrist injury)

Johanna Larsson is through to her first tour final as a result of defeating Pervak. She has had a great couple of weeks, firstly making her first tour quarterfinal in Prague and after choking in the quarterfinals to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, it seems she has really learnt from the experience and bounced back by going even further this week. Her forehand is her best shot but she is a pretty well-rounded player with a solid backhand, serve, netplay and even some fairly good variety at times. There is no doubt that she will be able to win many more matches at this level.

The match between Larsson vs Chakvetadze should be a good one. Both players are playing some quality tennis but  the edge has to go to Chakvetadze who obviously has much more experience.

Bad Gastein

Singles - Semifinal
Julia Görges def. Alizé Cornet 6-1 6-4

Goerges has been in great form of late, winning an 100k challenger and making the semis of Palermo. It is good to see Cornet back in a tour semi-final but she still has a long way to go. Her attitude in particular needs a lot of work if she really wants to find herself among the elite again. A good final in this tournament as well, with Goerges squaring off against Bacsinszky. The match should be interesting.

Singles - Semi-finals
[6] M Fish (USA) d [1] [WC] A Roddick (USA) 76(5) 63
[2] J Isner (USA) d K Anderson (RSA) 63 67(7) 63

Fish probaby went in this match as the favourite. Roddick has been out of form for some time now and the situation is becoming quite urgent. On the other hand, Fish is playing with a new zest and is looking very impressive having now notched up three finals in his last three tournaments. He will be liking his chances of taking out Isner in the final because he just has that something extra.

Stay tuned.

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Bad Gastein Player Party

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Absolutely amazing.

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Sunday Semi Final Previews

Portoroz, Slowenia:

(from 18.00hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Polona Hercog
2. Ksenia Pervak vs. Johanna Larsson (NB 20.00hrs)
3. Doubles Final: Chakvetadze/Erakovic vs. Kondratieva/Uhlirova

The most exciting match of this tournament has to be the match between Chakvetadze and Hercog. Both girls have been playing extremely well and it is sure to be a high-quality three setter. It is very likely that the winner will come from this matchup and so it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top. Chakvetadze is in the doubles final also, teaming up with Marina Erakovic of New Zealand. Erakovic is also a player ranked far below the career high ranking she obtained in 08 as she has struggled to find her form since returning from an injury that sidelined her for a large chunk of 09.

Bad Gastein, Austria

(from 11.00hrs)
1. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Timea Bacsinszky
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Julia Goerges
3. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Bacsinszky/Garbin

Though not quite as exciting as the aforementioned, the matchup between Cornet and Goerges is extremely interesting in itself. We all know that Cornet was as high as #11 in 2008 and Goerges has been in great form recently, picking up an 11-1 W-L record in her last three tournaments. The doubles semi-final is actually a rematch of a the first round matchup in Prague last week, which saw Bacsinszky/Garbin upset the top seeds and the went onto take the title.

Atlanta, USA:

(from 1.30pm)
1. Kevin Anderson vs. John Isner
2. Lipsky/Ram vs. Isner/Blake (NB. 19.00hrs)
3. Andy Roddick vs. Mardy Fish

Another mouthwatering matchup. Roddick has been struggling of late and even dropped the first set last night to Malisse, whereas 2010 has really seen a resurgence by Mardy Fish. This is a big chance for Fish to beat Roddick and break the streak of nine straight losses to the US number one.

German Open:

(from 2.15pm)
1. Jurgen Melzer vs. Andreas Seppi
2. Andrey Golubev vs. Florian Mayer
3. Beck/Kas vs. Chardy/Mathieu

Not too many marquee matchups in this event but the remaining players are certainly an interesting bunch. Not many will be betting on Melzer taking the title, come the weekend.

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ATP 250 and WTA International week number three

Portoroz looked to be in a crisis yesterday as #1 seed Jelena Jankovic was forced to retire after doing her best Golovin impression on her ankle. However, now the semi final lineup is made up of a former top 5 player, the young Slowenian home favourite and another 19 year old rising star.

The match between Hercog and Chakvetadze is definitely one to watch

Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. (Q) Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 62 26 61
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 62
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. (6) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 26 63 75
(7) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 75 75

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Krunic/Jankovic must be mentioned. Though it was expected, it’s still sad to see the team of Krunkovic forced to withdraw from the tournament.

Bad Gastein

(2) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 60 64
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (8) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 75 64
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 64 67(4) 64
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (WC) Patricia Mayr (AUT) 62 67(5) 61

So much to discuss – the resurgence of Cornet, Meusburger defying the odds as usual, Julia Goerges finding some consistency and Bacsinszky rounding off the semi-final lineup. Based on recent form though, this is Goerges’ tournament to lose.

And onto the ATP:

German Open:

[3] J Melzer (AUT) d P Starace (ITA) 64 61
F Mayer (GER) d [6] J Ferrero (ESP) 67(3) 62 63
A Seppi (ITA) d [7] T Bellucci (BRA) 76(0) 57 75
A Golubev (KAZ) d D Istomin (UZB) 64 61

The Ferrero result isn’t too surprising though – Mayer has been in pretty decent form recently and he has always been a fairly good player. Coupled with the fact that Mayer is playing front of his home crowd this week and it actually seems quite logical.

Atlanta is the last ATP 250 event on this week and the guys are on currently playing. Yesterday Hewitt lost in straight sets to Lacko, but so far today there have been no such surprises with gentle giants Jisner and Anderson cruising through to the semis. There are still two matches left to play – Roddick vs Malisse and Dent vs Fish. Two interesting matchups there, but both Roddick and Fish should come through unscathed.

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