Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Wozniacki in 2012 Sony Ericsson Semifinal
In a match that will certainly have the feel of a Grand Slam final, world No.2 Maria Sharapova will try and continue her success against another former world No.1, fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. The winner will advance to the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open Finals in Key Biscayne, Florida, to face the victor of the Bartoli-Radwanska match.
The Russian beauty and the lovely Dane will be showered with the Miami sunrays today, as their match is scheduled to get underway this afternoon at 1 PM ET on ESPN-2. According to 2012 Sony Ericsson Open oddsmakers, Sharapova is listed as a 10/13 favorite over Wozniacki [1/1].
The 3-time Grand Slam winner comes in leading the head-to-head series 3-2 and looks to make it two in a row over tonight. Here’s how their five meetings have resulted:
- 2008 Doha QF: Sharapova: 6-0, 6-1
- 2008 Rome Rd.3: Sharapova: 6-4, 7-6
- 2010 US Open Rd.4: Wozniacki: 6-3, 6-4
- 2011 Indian Wells SF: Wozniacki: 6-1, 6-2
- 2011 Rome SF: Sharapova: 7-5, 6-3
After crushing reigning French Open champion Na Li in straight-set (6-3, 6-0) fashion, “Masha” spoke about the possibility of facing a player like Wozniacki’s caliber, who’s coming off a straight-set win over 13-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams.
“[Caroline Wozniacki] is extremely tough,” Sharapova said. “She’s been one of the most consistent players on the tour for many reasons.”
For Wozniacki, she comes into this match fresh off her first career victory over Serena. Still looking for her first Grand Slam title, the 21-year-old was able to do something Sharapova hasn’t been able to do in quite sometime. Ended Williams’ bid for a record sixth title at Key Biscayne, Wozniacki looked to be at her best on her way to an impressive, 6-4, 6-4 win.
“Serena is a great champion and I have [so] much respect for her,” Wozniacki said. “I thought I played a very good match out there. I’m very pleased about the way I was able to also close it out.
“I think I served well today. I think my first serve in particular was good. The first time I played against her, I had match points and lost 7-6 in the third, so I knew that I had to do something or I had to serve well to close the match out, because she wasn’t going to give me anything.”