Australian Open Day 11 Semifinals Predictions

Hiland Doolittle Jan 28, 2015 15 Comments 61,887 views

Ekaterina Makarova (4) vs. Maria Sharapova (1/4)

Ekaterina Makarova Australian Open 2015 Semifinals
Can Ekaterina Makarova stun Maria Sharapova?

What is surprising is the odds are not longer. Sharapova has downed her 26 year old fellow county woman all five times they have met, including two decisive wins at the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013.

Maria has played better and more consistently than any other female competitor since back from 2 match points. Her dominance of Canadian 7 seed Eugenie Bouchard included 19 winners against 18 unforced errors. The 6 foot 2 inch grunter pushed her 5 foot 10 inch opponent around the court with surprising ease, completely unsettling Eugenie.

But, Makarova’s stunning upset of 3rd seeded Simona Halep was equally impressive as she subdued the young Romanian and overwhelmed her physically and mentally. The ten seed converted 5 of 6 break point opportunities and walked through the second set 6-0 after Simona raised the white emotional surrender flag. Ekaterina deserves kudos for her quarterfinal triumph but she does not have enough game to overcome the force of an oft-time Grand Slam champion and determined battler. Sharapova controls the pace of the match and adds another notch to her belt as she moves on to the finals with a good chance of winning in two sets.

Tomas Berdych (7/5) vs Andy Murray (8/11)

Watch out! These pair of high powered, very wealthy pros have not met since their hard court battle at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati in 2013. Berdych’s 6-3,6-2 win evened their hard court matches at 3 each. However, in ten career matches, Berdych holds a 6-4 edge.

Berdych downed Rafa Nadal in straight sets 6-2, 6-0, 7-6(5). Some experts feel the real Rafa never showed up but who knows how the 2015 version of Rafa Nadal will fare. Rafa may be concentrating on the clay court championship in Paris, not 100 percent and unwilling to risk losing more time this season. In any case, Berdych has been formidable at Melbourne. With no double faults and 10 aces, Berdych won this match with a powerful forehand and his 196 kmh serve. Berdych has revamped his training regimen, hiring Murray’s old trainer to get him game ready. Engaged this year, Tomas has everything working and will be hard to beat.

Murray’s quarterfinal win was more than a three set victory (6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3) over young Aussie Nick Kyrgios but also subdued a raucous crowd along the way. Murray has fans at Open and may have a larger share of the crowd on Day 11. Andy registered 13 aces against 1 double. The Scot appeared to have some left leg stiffness but played the big points deftly and returned serve with his usual effectively, converting 3 of 9 break opportunities. Berdych is moving better than ever before but I still like Murray’s shot-making in the clutch.

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15 Responses to “ Australian Open Day 11 Semifinals Predictions ”
  1. Berdych - Murray will be tight. Who do you like?

    • Both looking strong. Berdych has been around for ages, one is due on him. I go for Murray, it will be tight though.

      • Bhai,
        Murray looses first...then wins 2nd and 3rd sets and 4th goes to a tiebreak..murray gets his calm back and wins else wins in a 5 setter

        • Yes looks like, right now both are tied.

          • Bhai,

            250EUR at stake @ average odds of 2.53....still neither hedged nor layed....looking the way he took second set should i wait for 3rd set ...your precious suggestions

            • whose average odds is 2.53? on BetfairBetfair I see Murray has come down to 1.46 and Thomas up @ 3.1.

              • Murray's odds Bhai @2.53...placed when he got broken in first set and then during tiebreaker...6-0 in the second so its like he may win the 3rd ...then it will be the time for action or should i hegde some right now

  2. Sharapova will end Makarova's fairy tale run so far.

    • Bhai but it won't be that easy....Makarova got lucky that Halep was not in good form but than on her day she can smash Sharapova...she has not won ever and had 2 defeats in 12 and 13 season....i realy wish Makarova to win ....she deserved to be...not sharapova who got lucky the other day with panarova

      • Sharapova is egoist female and she will never let another comrade win the title. We will have a nice cat fight :)

        • MUnna bhai, dn`t fight with small Rat ??!! Last time U won with Raju bhai in Ipl challenge and this time waiting for another one after long time !!

    • Bhai finally easy win !!! another successful challenge. Bhai i want to ask You ( before start game sharapova odd 1.30 , is that possible back her and start trade / wait for odd to reach 1.60 ? or better skip this kind of match !??

      • That's tricky. It's better to wait when odds go up. Most of top players fightback after losing first set. If they lose first set then start scaling them from 2nd set. Murray is 4-0 in 2nd set after losing first. This is classical example.

        Another strategy is to wait for odds to go down around 1.08 when fav is winning in first set then lay. Expectation here is that odds will go up and then back to hedge.

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