Semi-Final #1 (1) Serena Williams vs (12) Caroline Wozniacki
Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki will come up against each other for the second time in as many weeks. Their match in Montreal last week was an epic and this promises to be no different as both ladies are in top form at the moment in Cincinnati.
Serena Williams progressed through to the final four with a comprehensive 6-1 6-3 belting of Jelena Jankovic in just under an hour. Serena totally outplayed her opponent from start to finish. After a tough first up win over Sam Stosur, the world number 1 has cruised through her next two matches in ominous fashion. Serena seems to be peaking just at the right time with the U.S Open just around the corner. Serena has the added motivation this week of claiming her first ever Western & Southern Open title.
Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semi-finals with an impressive 6-4 7-6 victory over the in form Agnieszka Radwanska. There was very little to separate the two all throughout the match, however it was the Dane who was able to win the critical points at the end of each set. Wozniacki's victory over Radwanska broke a string of three consecutive losses to the Pole and also saw her notch up consecutive victories over top 10 opponents after her convincing win over Angelique Kerber in the pervious round. The former world number 1 has now won 12 of her last 13 matches; the only loss was a tight three set loss to Serena last week. Wozniacki will be confident she can cause an upset here and avenge her loss to Serena in Montreal.
Serena has a commanding 7-1 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. The Dane’s only victory over Serena came in Miami 2012, since then Serena has won 4 on the trot. Serena came from a set down to defeat Wozniacki in a nail bitter in their quarter-final match in Montreal last week 4-6 7-5 7-5. There was very little to separate the two throughout the match, Serena’s determination and mental toughness seemed to get over the line in the important moments. Serena looks to be getting closer and closer to her best and will be hard to stop here as she guns for an elusive title in Cincinnati.
Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets