I know I’ve been neglecting the WTA this week – I blame the relative lack of TV coverage, hot Spanish men and yachts with helipads.
Saturday’s semifinals are set at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston: Caroline Wozniacki vs. Vera Zvonareva and Daniela Hantuchova vs. Sam Stosur.
I like this line up – every single woman here has something to prove. Wozniacki has that No. 2 ranking and top-seeding to live up to. Zvonareva seriously injured her ankle at this tournament last year. Zvonareva was unable to play the rest of the clay court swing, including Roland Garros, after seriously injuring her ankle at this tournament last year. With a career-best season derailed, is she back on track for a great 2010? Stosur is now a lot more than a doubles specialist with a big serve: She’s a legit top 10 singles player. . .or is she?
And then there’s Daniela Hantuchova, a renowned headcase and underachiever. It just isn’t right that at 26-years-old – relative veteran status on the WTA tour – she only has three singles titles to her name. But Daniela seems to be finding her fight under the confidence-building tutelage of super coach Darren Cahill of adidas. She almost beat Venus Williams in Miami and on Friday she came back from a set down to knock out Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals (via tournament website)::
“I knew if I did the right stuff, I had a good chance today. I was very proud of the way I was fighting,” Hantuchova said. “The first set was not easy. I felt very tired and tried not to think about it and go for my shots. But if I kept going like that, I figured I was not going to win. So I tried to put a little more on the ball, move her around more and stay aggressive, and that made the difference.”
You can watch live action from the Family Circle Cup this weekend. Click here for the TV schedule and live streaming options.