The first quarter final match was played on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday morning between the 4th seeded Na Li and the 28th seeded Flavia Pennetta. Li had only dropped one set on her route to the quarters, while it was Pennetta who caused a sensation by getting past Serena Williams in the 4th round. Both are 5’7½”, their head to head stat tied was two each and, while the Italian was going for her first Aussie Open semi, Li had been there before and was the losing finalist in 2008.
Even though Pennetta tried all her notable singles and doubles skills, Li was far sharper and incredibly accurate, especially on her forehand cross court shots. She totally demolished the Italian 6-2 6-2 in just 67 minutes on court, to be the first player into the semis.
The next match on the same court was between 14th seeded Ana Ivanovic and the 30th seed, the very talented, but relatively inexperienced teenager, Eugenie Bouchard. Games went with serve until the 7th game when the Serb got the first break. A string of five breaks followed. Ivanovic served for the set at 5-4, but missed two chances before Bouchard eventually took the game on her first break point. The Serb again served for the set when leading 6-5 and made no mistake in closing it out at 7-5. Bouchard served for the second set at 5-3 after Ivanovic returned to the court after an injury time out, but the Serb won two games in a row to level at 5-5. The Canadian then also won two in a row to take the set at 7-5. Bouchard continued her dominance by building up 4-1 and 5-2 leads before Ivanovic served to stay in the match, but Bouchard was too strong and fired a winner to take the set at 6-2 and move into her first Slam semi final.