Sunday, August 26, 2007

And now, for the ladies

Whew!

Looking back at past postings, I found a disclaimer: I only have to pick a Williams sister to make Wimbledon finals, not all of the majors! But should I anyway? That top half of the draw has both of them in it, plus anyone else ready to make a claim for the title. I think with everyone beating each other up up there, they're gonna be too tired for whoever comes out of the bottom half. So I'm looking at a repeat from Ms. "oh I'm so pretty."

Here we go:

Justine Henin vs. Serena Williams: Both of these two should get through pretty easily, even though in Henin's section, there's a couple of players I'm perplexed by that haven't done more with their careers, namely Tatiana Golovin and Dinara Safina. They're both capable of beating her from a talent standpoint, but just don't have the mental capacity. And I think it's pretty amazing Serena can go months without tournament play and still make it to the quarters, but the run ends here for her.

Elena Demetiava vs. Ana Ivanovic: I'm picking Elena to come through her fourth-round match with Jankovic in an upset: Jelena's really slowed down over the past few months. And Ana should be able to top Venus in the fourth.

Daniela Hantuchova vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Talk about a soft portion of the draw! Svetlana should cruise through this section. Martina Hingis is in this part and she hasn't done much for a while now, except break up with Radek Stepanek and team up with Ana Ivanovic to beat Andy Roddick and wrestling superstar John Cena on Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

Sania Mirza vs. Maria Sharapova: The Indian Express has been playing well this summer: advancing in singles draws and winning doubles tournaments left and right. I think she'll knock off Anna Chakvetadze in the third round. But in the quarters waiting for her will be Sharapova, who will have dropped 10 games in four matches at that point.

Semifinals:
Henin vs. Ivanovic: Ana's good and will only get better, but she's still not ready to knock off Henin at this stage in a major.
Sharapova vs. Kuznetsova: Svetlana will push her, but she should still go down.

Finals:
Sharapova over Henin in straights: Maria's draw was just too easy. Henin should be commended for making it through to that point.

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