Thank God for Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, two players that I actually got right on predicting to advance at least to the quarterfinals at the French.
Why did the draw go so wrong for me? I don't know, that's what I'm trying to figure out here! Recapping it will clear my mind and hopefully convince you out there that I have some inkling of what I'm talking about! : )
So, here's how I saw the women's draw:
1st quarter: My call: Dinara Safina vs. Carla Suarez Navarro What happened: Safina vs. Victoria Azarenka Why I made my call: Like I said, Safina's making me look like a genius (yeah, riight)! She was as sure a bet as any in the draw this year. It's sad to say, but I knew in the bottom part of the bracket that the eight seed and defending champ Ana Ivanovic was going nowhere. What in the world is up with her? Injuries? The head? Anyway, I liked Suarez Navarro to take out Azarenka, but we see that didn't happen.
2nd quarter: My call: Sabine Lisicki vs. Kaia Kanepi What happened: Maria Sharapova vs. Dominika Cibulkova Why I made my call: Even though I could barely be more off, I think this is a bracket where it looked like I knew what I was talking about, if that makes sense! This was the section of the tournament where I knew the high seeds, Venus Williams and Vera Zvonareva, weren't getting through. Vera didn't even play! So I thought it was totally up for grabs here. I actually almost went with Amelie Mauresmo to get far! I thought about Sharapova winning a couple of rounds, but didn't think she'd be match tough enough to keep going.
3rd quarter: My call: Jelena Jankovic vs. Elena Dementieva What happened: Sorana Cirstea vs. Samantha Stosur Why I made my call: Now, I know Jankovic hadn't been such great shakes this year and Dementieva's really been in a bad way for months now, but I thought just on pedigree alone, they would go far. I'm shocked by this run Stosur's on! Who woulda thunk it? And I'm surprised Jankovic lost that fourth-rounder like she did to Cirstea.
4th quarter: My call: Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Flavia Panetta What happened: Kuznetsova vs. Serena Williams Why I made my call: Technically, I should probably just mark Williams down for at least a quarterfinal spot come Slam time, no matter how bad she's playing, but I really thought Panetta would've gotten her. Flavia got blasted in the first round by Alexa Glatch, which gives a hint at how unpredictable the whole tournament has been!
There's your peek into why I made the calls I made. Stick with me, though: I'm bouncing back at Wimbledon!
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.