Zurich Quarter Final Predictions
Friday is Quarter Final day in Zurich where eight players are fighting it out to take the last Tier I title of 2004.
The first match on court is the match between this years Gold Coast winner and the runner up of the 2004 French and US Opens. Ai Sugiyama takes on Elena Dementieva. Elena Dementieva is on wonderful form at the moment having won the Hasslet title and came runner-up last week in Moscow, whereas Ai is rediscovering her form after a mild slump where she lost in the first round three times in a row. Head to heads are 2-2 with Elena winning the last match all the way back in Shanghai last year. I predict that Elena will be the one that comes off the court the winner.
Elena Dementieva beats Ai Sugiyama 6/3 6/3
Next on should be the match of the day when Venus Williams takes on Wimbledon 2004 Champion Maria Sharapova. Maria's is on fire at the moment winning two straight titles, Seoul and Tokyo Outdoors, albeit not having to face any Top30 player. Venus is struggling a bit with her form and is not playing like she used to and hasn't reached a semi-final since July (San Diego where she retired against Lindsay Davenport). Venus was pushed and was near defeat in Round 2 with new WTA star Ana Ivanovic so this does not bode well for this match. I would say that the Russian starlet would win this one in two straight sets as Venus will not cope with the form Maria is showing.
Maria Sharapova beats Venus Williams 6-4 6-4
Next, if Amelie Mauresmo hadn't withdrawn we would probably have seen her in this match but no Paola Suarez takes her part in the draw against home star Patty Schnyder. Head to heads favour Paola who has beaten Patty 5-2, however Patty can take comfort from the fact that she beat her on their last matchup in Melbourne this year. I think that with home support Patty will win through this match.
Patty Schnyder beats Paola Suarez 6-2 7-5
Finally its the match of Alicia Molik versus Nadia Petrova. Alicia has already beaten Vera Zvonareva to win through while Nadia has beaten Raymond and Dechy. Nadia thrashed Alicia last time they played in Miami [2 and 1] so this certainly favours her, but on this occasion I think that Alicia is on the right form to pull of a minor upset in three sets.
Alicia Molik beats Nadia Petrova 6-4 2-6 6-4