Australian Open 2012: Women Guaranteed to Fail on Day 8

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12:  Ana Ivanovic of Serbia plays a backhand during practice ahead of the 2012 Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena on January 12, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Day 8 at the Australian Open features four intriguing fourth-round matchups on the women's side of the bracket.

American tennis star Serena Williams will be in action as well as top-ranked Russian Maria Sharapova. Both are poised for an epic quarterfinal showdown in the coming days.

Other young, up-and-coming talents will display their skills as well, like the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova, who dominated at Wimbledon last summer. Kvitova will match up with one of the world's favorite female tennis stars, Ana Ivanovic.

So which women's players are guaranteed to come up short on Day 8? Check it out.


Sabine Lisicki (14)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Sabine Lisicki of Germany plays a backhand in her third round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during day six of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo
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The 27-year-old German beauty fought back in the third round against No. 18-ranked Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, winning in three sets after dropping the first. Lisicki burst onto the Grand Slam scene last summer at Wimbledon, when she made a run all the way to the semifinals.

Unfortunately she will be pitted against the No. 4-ranked women's tennis player in the world in the fourth round, Maria Sharapova, who has been wrecking opponents through the first three rounds at the 2012 Aussie Open.


Ana Ivanovic (21)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17:  Ana Ivanovic of Serbia plays a forehand during her first round match against Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain during day two of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Ph
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The young Serbian is ranked among the best women's tennis stars around the globe and certainly among the few extraordinary talents remaining in Melbourne, but on Day 8 she will be matched up against the No. 2-ranked Petra Kvitova. 

Kvitova, a 21-year-old Czech sensation won Wimbledon in 2011 and went 14-3 in Grand Slam matches last season. She's on an upward trend right now evidenced by her dominant win over Maria Kirilenko in the third round, and Ivanovic will be the next victim this January.


Ekaterina Makarova

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Ekaterina Makarova of Russia plays a forehand in her third round match against Vera Zvonareva of Russia during day six of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo b
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Ekaterina Makarova has high hopes for the rest of this year's Aussie Open after knocking off top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva in the third round. Her prize for topping the No. 7-ranked women's player is a shot at Serena Williams in the fourth round on Day 8.

Williams, on the other hand, rolled into the fourth round with a straight set victory over Greta Ann, 6-1, 6-1. Even at age 30, the No. 12-ranked Williams is a lock to hush Makarova's upset bid. Her Grand Slam experience and championship mettle cannot be doubted. 

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