Russian ace, Maria Sharapova (4), has made the 2012 Australian Open Ladies Singles Final after defeating Czech Petra Kvitova (2) in three sets.
Sharapova won through the semi-final with a 6-2 3-6 6-4 victory.
The story of the match was quite simply Sharapova’s remarkable conversion rate on break points: she took 5 of 5. Despite Kvitova showing why she was seeded at number two for this tournament, and working 14 break points of her own, Sharapova showed great strength to save all but three of those points in three sets of play.
Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open Champion, showed her Grand Slam class in this match: winning from a performance which was, at times, perhaps second best. While she might have dropped points at 30-30, she certainly upped her game when the breaks came – and that is how tennis matches are won.
Kvitovais too good not to be back at this late stage in Grand Slams, but, in this Semi-Final, Sharapova showed just how to force oneself into a Final.
Sharapova will face Victoria Azarenka (3) in the Final, after the Belarussian beat Belgian Kim Clijsters (11) in her Semi-Final.
Australian Open 2012 – Sharapova v Kvitova Match Statistics
|1st Serve %||64 of 97 = 66 %||43 of 73 = 59 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||41 of 64 = 64 %||26 of 43 = 60 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||16 of 33 = 48 %||18 of 30 = 60 %|
|Receiving Points Won||29 of 73 = 40 %||40 of 97 = 41 %|
|Break Point Conversions||5 of 5 = 100 %||3 of 14 = 21 %|
|Net Approaches||3 of 3 = 100 %||7 of 11 = 64 %|
|Total Points Won||86||84|
|Fastest Serve Speed||173 KMH||175 KMH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||158 KMH||161 KMH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||150 KMH||141 KMH|