It's down to the final four at the WTA's tour stop in Tokyo this week, and it's kind of hard to pick who I'm pulling for to come away with the title. Each of the semifinalists kind of tugs at me a little as to where I really wouldn't mind who won.
First, there's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who's pretty much become the tour's perennial bridesmaid. How do you do as well as she's done over the past couple of years and not pick up much first-place hardware? Come on, Kuz! After knocking off Jelena Jankovic, you should be able to pick up a title already!
Then, there's Dinara Safina. If you were to see the Safina bandwagon trolling around your neck of the woods, odds are I'd be the one pulling it along! After doubting her forever, she's finally converted me with her play this year. She's definitely deserving of a top-four ranking by the end of the year.
Nadia Petrova's got a pretty good story going, too, as it seems she's finally starting to get her form back. Remember when it was only a couple of years ago that she got to number three in the world? She was the hottest player on the tour going into the '06 French Open and was picked by many to bag that title, but a hip injury knocked her off course then. It's good to see her playing well again.
And what about the veteran, Katarina Srebotnik? I think if you're a top 10 player, you don't want to be facing her, as Elena Dementieva can attest to after being the latest one to fall to her this year. She's still playing a lot of doubles and having success there, but she's showing she's no slouch sans a partner. And just think, Srebotnik came through the qualies to get this far!
So after looking at them all, I guess I'm going to go with Safina/Kuznetsova/Petrova/Srebotnik. That's my pick and I'm sticking to it!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.