Unlike the men’s singles, the women’s singles at the Australian Open has gone exactly to plan as the top two players in the world will meet in the first grand slam final of the year. Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen and Japanese player Yui Kamiji will meet in the final after winning through without dropping a set, winning their semi-finals on Wednesday.
In the first semi-final Griffioen easily accounted for German Sabine Ellerbrock, the number seven ranked player in the world. This came despite Griffioen not being at her best, she made 14 errors in the match but still easily won 6-2, 6-1.
Griffioen continued to make light work of her opponents like she has over several years, making life hard for Ellerbrock. Griffioen kept Ellerbrock away from the net, which stopped her from getting any control and allowed the Dutchwoman a simple win.
Kamiji also won through in straight sets, although not quite as easily as Griffioen as she beat British player Lucy Shuker. Shuker is ranked eighth in the world and the gap showed as Kamiji won 6-3, 6-2, actually taking less time than Griffioen.
Shuker actually had a higher break point conversion rate that Kamiji, getting 67% with 2/3, but Kamiji managed six breaks. She did that from 14 possible chances, often getting a double or triple opportunity to get the break.
Kamiji’s diversity is what really helped her win this match as she made shots from all over the court which forced Shuker to move around the court. It also resulted in surprise as Shuker was often having to react, instead of being proactive.
The women’s singles final will take place on Saturday, with both players set to oppose each other also in the doubles final which takes place on Friday.