Friday, May 16, 2008

Wait, back it up

Two-thirds of the big three I pegged in the previous post are out of the running at the Italian Open as Serena Williams (above) pulled out with a back strain and Venus Williams lost a tight three-setter to Jelena Jankovic. As I'm writing this, the other member of my triumvirate, Maria Sharapova, has just lost the first set to Patty Schnyder.

It looks like this is Jankovic's tournament to lose at this point, as I'm not expecting Alize Cornet or Anna Chakvetadze to put up much of a fight. However, I don't see this tournament having much of a forebearing on what will happen at the French, especially if Serena says she should be all right. I can't see Jankovic going through that many tough players at a Major, plus having the nerves to handle the situation. So I'm still sticking with my big three to dominate the season.

(Photo: AP)