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Thursday Women's Summary
Singles - Semifinal: (2) Maria Sharapova def. (4) Caroline Wozniacki 4-6 6-2 6-4
If you want to understand this more-than-two-and-a-half-hour match, perhaps the most striking statistic is that there were no aces at all. There were ten breaks, and Caroline Wozniacki in particular struggled, winning only 52% of service points. She will not be rising above her current #6. Maria Sharapova won't rise above #2, either, but with Victoria Azarenka finally having lost a match, Sharapova will actually gain a little ground this week.
Singles - Semifinal: (5) Agnieszka Radwanska def. (7) Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-2
At first it looked as if Marion Bartoli really could put up a fight. The first half of the first set was long and close. Then Agnieszka Radwanska took control. Which means that Marion Bartoli will remain #7, and Radwanska #4.
#4, but with a lot of potential to go higher. Radwanska is now less than 800 points behind #3 Petra Kvitova. Win the final and the gap is less than 500 points. And Radwanska has been looking very solid this year, and Kvitova has looked poor. If this continues, Radwanska will probably go higher. Who knows -- if she can beat Sharapova in the final, she might even have a shot at Sharapova's #2 ranking when Rome comes off....