Italian Open: Thursdays Matches
Here is my tip sheet for Thursday's Italian Open Matches
Silvia Farina Elia bts Megann Shaughnessy
Silvia is on home turf and will have the support of the crowd so I see her beating Meghann in two straight sets. Shaughnessy however will suceed in the doubles.
Serena Williams bts Dally Randriantefty
Dally has won four straight matches (including 2 qualifiers) so is on good form, however Serena will beat her in this contest, although Dally is sure to give her a fight with at least one set going to a tiebreak.
Svetlana Kuznetsova bts Ai Sugiyama
Ai has been up and down at the moment whereas Svetlana is on fire - she will beat Ai in two straight sets.
Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi bts Flavia Pennetta
Anna, lucky with her quarter of the draw open a bit more will take advantage - and will win in straight close sets. Flavia will have the support of the home crowd but this may not be enough
Paola Suarez bts Jennifer Capriati
Jenny will take the first set 6-2, it will go to a tie-break in Paola's favour - Jenny will completley loose concentration and will go down 3-6 in the third, meaning Suarez enters QF stage.
Vera Zvonareva bts Elena Bovina
Vera, yet again facing another Russian friend, will take Elena B out in two straight sets.
Francessca Schiavone bts Elena Likhovtseva
Francessca on home-turf will win this match against the Russian - she is performing well on clay (she beat Amelie) and will have no problems in putting Elena L away.
Maria Sharapova bts Silvia Farina Elia
Playing her second match of the day the Italian will run out of steam, finally going down 5-7 6-2 6-1
Amelie Mauresmo bts Conchita Martinez
In three sets, Amelie will take the first, Conchita the second, before Amelie gets a second wind and takes the third.