Eugenie Bouchard v Na Li Live
The world number four Na Li will take on a surprise semi-finalist in world number 31 and Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. It will be Bouchard's first attempt at making it to the final, while Na Li has won a Grand Slam final once before this and by the dint of her much higher ranking, will begin as favourite.
Interestingly, Na Li had a tough time of it in the third round of the competition, when she was taken to three sets by Lucie Safarova. After loing the first set, she was taken to the tie-breaker in the second but came back well to register a win.
Following that, Na's play has been quite good, and it includes wins over Ekaterina Makarova and Flavia Pennetta, both of whom were steamrolled by the Chinese woman. Clearly, the decision to change coaches has worked for her.
Up against her a teenager, who will hope she can continue her awesome run in the competition. Bouchard was a three-set winner over Ivanovic in her previous round match after she defeated the Serbia 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to make it to the round of four.
Earlier she had beaten Casey Dellacqua and Lauren Davis in her first two matches.
In their only previous match, interestingly, Na Li was an easy winner over Bouchard but that was in Montreal in 2012. A lot has changed since then and one can expect this to be a lot more closely fought encounter than that one.
We think Na Li should win this one, and go on to win the title.
Tags: Na Li, Eugenie Bouchard, Grand Slam
Posted: 23rd January 2014
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