Wozniacki was the favored to win the fist semifinal, by a long shot. Even though Li Na has a lot of power on the ground, Wozniacki was the more determined retriever in this match. As the match wore on, Wozniacki was obviously running out of gas – she threw away two crucial challenges in the third set – and it looked as though she was generally slowing down on court. On the other side of the court was the slow and steady of the the two ladies, Li Na.
In 2010, Li Na made it to the semifinals, where she lost to Serena Williams (we’re kind of glad she’s out this year, give a chance for fresh blood). The 30 year old Chinese tennis star is the first ever Chinese person (man or woman) to advance to any major tennis championship – talk about pressure! Na is used to pressure, winning two Olympic Gold Medals in the 2001 Beijing Olympics, in both tennis singles and doubles.
All Na has to do is wait for the winner of the Clijsters – Zvonereva tennis match. Na has a decent record against either competitor, however; the pressure she will be feeling is going to more than likely overwhelm her during the first couple of games.
Wozniacki had a good run, and deservedly so; she performed like the #1 seed should have, however; in her match against Li Na, she was simply outplayed and ended up losing a close match 6-3, 5-7, 3-6.
We couldn’t help but feel for the Dame, as she hurried off the tennis court, she was obviously wiping tears away under her visor. But hey, there’s still the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open right?