Current world No.2 Caroline Wozniacki plays Jana Fett second up on Rod Laver Arena as she looks to move one step closer to an elusive slam title. The Dane’s best run in Melbourne was in 2011, losing to Li Na in the semi finals from a set up. The pressure has always been on her after her lengthy stint at No. 1 while slamless but with many of her fellow contenders at the top in the same boat, it does make things easier for her.
Wozniacki navigated a potentially tough matchup with ease, defeating Mihaela Burzanescu in just 1hr11 minutes. The Romanian had risen up the rankings in recent months but Wozniacki was a class above – breaking 6 times in the 6-2 6-3 win. “(I’m) happy to be through. It was not an easy match. Maybe on paper it looks easy, but it wasn’t. Tricky lefty opponent with a lot of confidence.” she said afterwards. She will be pleased to have got back to winning ways after her disappointing loss to Julia Gorges in the Auckland final.
Fett may not have the hype that her fellow Croatians Donna Vekic and Ana Konjuh but she plays a smart game although perhaps not the big power tennis required to take out Wozniacki on an off day. After failing at the final hurdle twice in slam qualifying last year, Fett managed to earn a direct entrance into this tournament’s draw and made light work of a dream draw in Misa Eguchi. She broke the Japanese 6 times in her 6-3 6-2 victory, making up for what was a fairly poor serving day at just 49% first serves.
Prediction – Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets