MELBOURNE PARK, Australia â€“ Reigning and former Wimbledon winners Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova have set up a rematch of their 2011 Wimbledon final by handily taking out their quarterfinal foes on Wednesday. Thre Russian Sharapova took out Serena William conqueror Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-3 while the Czech Petra Kvitova came back from 1-4 down in the second set to win 6-4, 6-4 against Italyâ€™s Sara Errani.
â€œIt was solid today,â€ Sharapova said of her play.Â â€œYou know, I thought she was going to play really well today coming off a big win, probably her biggest in her career.Â It was just really important for me to not give her much of a look at the open court.
â€œYou know, I just really wanted to take advantage of my game and improve from the previous match.Â I think I stepped up when I had to.â€
Makarova had no answers for Sharapova, â€œYeah, she’s a great player.Â She played really good today, so aggressive.Â Maybe I couldn’t show my best tennis because she all the time pushing me.
â€œI missed a lot of easy balls because I need to make maybe more harder.Â But I think she played really good today.
â€œFor sure I should move her and let her run.Â Sometimes I didn’t make that good today because she played so aggressive and pushed me all the time.Â It was difficult.â€
Kvitova was very happy with her victory, â€œWell, yeah, of course, I’m really like to be here in the semifinal here in the Australian.Â Yeah, is the second my best result in a Grand Slam, so really it’s nice.
â€œYeah, of course, I want to win the semifinals, too.Â I try my best, as always.Â Hopefully it will be nice match.
â€œActually, the beginning I was a little nervous because I knew that everybody expect it will be easy match.Â Probably I had in my head that it’s, I mean, good draw.Â But, anyway, Sara played very well and she was great.Â She had a great tournament here.
â€œI mean, she has to play very well because she won the matches before, so it wasn’t really easy match.â€
Sharapova spoke to media about playing Kvitova in the semis. â€œIt will certainly be tough.Â I’ve lost to her the last couple of times â€‘ obviously the big one in Wimbledon where she played really well.
I think she’s the one to beat right now, playing the best tennis in her career.Â Coming off of so many wins last year, I’m looking forward to the matchup.Â I don’t like losing so many times in a row.Â So I’ll certainly be going out there and trying to play my best.â€
The Australian Open womenâ€™s semifinals take place on Thursday.
Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News