All the quarterfinal matches at the Family Circle Cup have finished and we have our members of the final four: Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Peng Shuai and Elena Vesnina.
World No.1 Wozniacki and 2007 Charleston champion Jankovic will clash in the first semifinal. The two high-profile players didn’t go through the quarterfinals with the same amount of difficulty: Wozniacki came from behind in both the second and third set to beat sixth seed Yanina Wickmayer 4-6 6-4 6-4, while No.3 seed Jankovic rolled past 18-year-old American Christina McHale 6-2 6-0. Still, Jankovic stated that the match wasn’t as easy:
The score looked pretty easy today, but the match was a lot tougher. My opponent played really well. She has a great serve and a pretty big forehand. Maybe I was better on the important points, especially at the start of the match. I took two long games and from then on I had the momentum. But she plays very well and she’s going to be a very good player in the future.
Jankovic leads Wozniacki 4-1 in head-to-heads, however, none of those meetings were played on clay. Also, it was Wozniacki who won their last match, and their only one this year.
The second semifinal will feature No.11 seed Peng Shuai and Elena Vesnina. Peng defeated Sania Mirza 2-6 6-2 6-2 in the quarterfinals, while Vesnina built on her third round upset over No.2 seed and defending champion Samantha Stosur with a 2-6 6-2 6-2 win over No.12 seed Julia Goerges. Peng and Vesnina have played each other five times, and Peng won 4 of those matches. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)