The halfway mark has been reached at the Australian Open. While Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki are still in line to collect their first major Down Under, the dream is at an end for Justine Henin and Samantha Stosur. Here’s a look at the tournament’s past seven days.
In the top half of the draw, world number one Wozniacki coasted into the round of 16. Despite difficult challenges from Gisela Dulko and Dominika Cibulkova, the Dane has yet to drop a set. Wozniacki will battle Latvian talent 20 year old Anastasija Sevastova who stunned Yanina Wickmayer in the second round.
On the other hand, Henin, a finalist last year, was dismissed in the third round by Svetlana Kuznetsova. The 2009 French Open champion who appears to be fitter than ever will face reigning French Open victor Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round. The latter needed three sets in each of her first two rounds.
There will be no Williams hoisting the prize this year. Venus was forced to retire one game into her third round match with Andrea Petkovic due to a pelvic muscle injury. Consequently, Petkovic will clash with Maria Sharapova in the round of 16. Sharapova scraped by Julia Goerges in the previous round. With Sharapova’s serve a continual sore spot, Petkovic has a golden opportunity to reach her first quarterfinal at a major.
Both Li Na and Victoria Azarenka have been unforgiving thus far with straight sets victories to get to the round of 16. These two will now collide for a place in the quarterfinals.