Czech Lucie Hradecka serves to Australian Samantha Stosur during their Madrid Masters tennis match on May 11, 2012 at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid. (credit: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
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Following an incredible week of action in Madrid, we’re down to the last four, and the semi-finals on Saturday should provide plenty of entertainment. In the first semi-final, we’ll see the sixth matchup of the season between Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska. In the second, former world No. 1 Serena Williams will meet Czech underdog Lucie Hradecka.
Azarenka has dominated Radwanska this year, beating her in all five of their 2012 meetings. This is a real shame for the Pole, who otherwise has been unbeatable this year. Azarenka made light work of her last three contests against Radwanska, and will enter the match as the favourite. Still, Radwanska, who against anybody else has made a habit of being consistently brilliant, should not be ruled out.
As for the second semi-final, Williams will be expected to prevail. After returning from a lengthy absence, the American has quickly reestablished herself as a top ten player. With no ranking points to defend for some time, we can expect Serena to improve on her No. 9 ranking over the next few months. We can’t simply anticipate that Williams will cruise through though. Hradecka has stunned the crowds this week already with wins over Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova and US Open champ Samantha Stosur.