The pros are in Miami this week for the Sony Ericsson Open, aka "the Fifth Slam," (or at least that's how it used to be colloquially referred to back in its "Lipton" days) and nearly everyone who's anyone is there. It's also the spotlight of this week's VANtage Point over on Down the Line!, so check it out. I'm picking the top seeds to come through, that being Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
But I want to do something else here at Tennis Talk, Anyone?, and give the tournament a little bit of the TTA? Grand Slam treatment since it's such a huge event. What do I mean by that? Well, glad you asked (even if you didn't)! I usually break down the draws and make my quarterfinal predictions with details of who's getting there and how they'll get there. Of course, I don't always get it right, but there are moments like the legendary Mardy Fish quarterfinal pick at the U.S. Open that make it all worthwhile!
I'm not going to go into as much detail as I do at the Slams; I'll just give you the picks.
For the men: Quarterfinals Rafael Nadal vs. David Ferrer Andy Murray vs. Radek Stepanek Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic Andy Roddick vs. Roger Federer
For the semis: Nadal over Murray, Federer over Tsonga
For the finals: Nadal over Federer
For the women: Quarterfinals Serena Williams vs. Vera Zvonareva Venus Williams vs. Dominika Cibulkova Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Caroline Wozniacki Ana Ivanovic vs. Flavia Pennetta
For the semis: Serena over Venus, Ivanovic over Kuznetsova
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.