Elena Dementieva (RUS) vs. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Schiavone made history on Tuesday as she became the first Italian woman in the Open Era to reach the semis of a Grand Slam! She beat third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-3 and is now one win away from reaching her first Grand Slam final. She had been to the quarters of the French Open back in 2001 as well as the quarters of Wimbledon in 2009 and the US Open in 2003.
Dementieva eliminated Nadia Petrova 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarters to reach the semis of a Grand Slam for the ninth time in her career. She was a finalist at the French Open back in 2004, which also was the same year she reached the finals of the US Open. Many consider Dementieva the best woman to have never won a Grand Sla, so now would be a great opportunity to change that!
Dementieva is 6-4 against Schiavone and did beat her earlier this year at Sydney in straight sets. Their one meeting on clay came back in 2005 at the Fed Cup and Dementieva won that in three sets. Being an Italian, I couldn't be prouder to see Schiavone get this far. She could definitely teach the Italian men on the tour a thing or two! Schiavone is a fighter to the bitter end, she never gives up and she's a stone face out on the court. She is a good clay-courter and full capable of taking out Dementieva. The longer this match goes on, the more it favors Dementieva. She makes her opponents hit so many extra balls that it wears them down (especially on the clay) and because of this she is extremely tough to beat. Her serve is a weakness, but I don't think it's weak enough to hurt her in this match. This will be one heck of a match, but I give a slight advantage to Dementieva.
Nick's Pick - Dementieva in 3 sets