Semifinals for the 2012 U.S. Open have almost been set.
On the women's side of the draw, No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka will meet No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova, whilst in the other semifinal, American hopeful Serena Williams will take on Italian Sara Errani for a place in the Grand Slam final.
Both mouthwatering matchups will provide for excellent viewing as the best of the best in the women's game battle it out for their shot at the U.S. Open crown.
Want some predictions for the semifinal? Here's five big bold ones for the two matches to come on Friday.
Both Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova dropped a set in their respective quarterfinal matches and were forced to fight for every point to achieve a tight, three-set victory. And whilst it might seem likely that the same thing will happen again, I can't see anything other than straight sets for their matchup.
Their service games will be controlled, and there'll be few break point opportunities—meaning that a tiebreak could be inevitable in the first set. However, I'm with the winner of that first set to run away with the match in the second set and book their place in the semifinal.
Serena Williams also looks to be on a roll and seems like being a comfortable winner over Sara Errani in the other semifinal.
We've already seen that Serena Williams is capable of giving her opponents a little bit of a drubbing, and I think we could see the same in her semifinal here.
Williams won the first set 6-1 against Ana Ivanovic, a woman that has a better service game than Sara Errani and arguably a better return game. Errani simply doesn't have a service game strong enough to dominate Williams, and we should see the big 6-0 come up on the scoreboard at some point this match.
There's something about Maria Sharapova at Grand Slams: When she makes it this far in the competition, she usually goes pretty close to taking out the title as well.
The Russian international dropped the 2012 Australian Open title to Azarenka earlier this year, and she'll no doubt have that match in the forefront of her mind heading into this clash.
With the French Open title also under her belt this year, Sharapova knows she is in fine form and will be tough to stop from also clinching the 2012 U.S. Open title.
Whilst I think the first set in her match against Azarenka will be close, I can't see them being long games and I can't see the set taking too long to get through. The Russian international has a big serve and a powerful ground game that doesn't tend to wait too long during a rally—she either hits or she misses.
So whilst I can see a 6-3 or 6-4 victory to the Russian, don't expect it to take that long to get through, especially if Maria is hitting her winners. If she takes the first, she'll simply run away with the second, and we'll all be able to go home much quicker than expected.
Booking a place in the 2012 U.S. Open final in front of her home crowd in dominant fashion would be an emotionally exciting for Serena Williams. And we all know what happens when Serena gets exciting?
Yup—she busts a move, just like this.
We saw it after she won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics; could we see it here at Flushing Meadows in front of the home crowd?
What can you see happening at the 2012 U.S. Open semifinals?
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