Monday, August 31, 2009

The winners and still champions … (U.S. Open men and women's predictions)

With the start of the Open mere minutes away, I guess I better hurry up and get my predictions up on the site! Basically, what I'm saying in the headline is that I expect last year's champs, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, to repeat. It's not that other players haven't been doing well this season. No, it's more of the fact that those two just know how to get it done come Slam-time. Their peers will really start putting chinks in their armor soon, but until then, I think they'll be able to continue their winning streaks in Slams.

But I don't want to just pick them and run! I like to make my predictions from the quarterfinals on, so here it goes. First up, the men:

Roger Federer (1) vs. Sam Querrey (22)
Novak Djokovic (4) vs. Andy Roddick (5)
Tomas Berdych (17) vs. David Ferrer (18)
Juan Martin del Potro (6) vs. Andy Murray (2)

Federer vs. Roddick; Berdych vs. Murray

Federer over Murray

And for the ladies:

Dinara Safina (1) vs. Jelena Jankovic (5)
Maria Sharapova (29) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (9)
Victoria Azarenka (8) vs. Venus Williams (3)
Flavia Pennetta (10) vs. Serena Williams (2)

Jankovic vs. Sharapova; Williams vs. Williams

Serena Williams over Jankovic

Now, let me get ready to go camp out in front of the TV. Enjoy the first-day action!

(Photo: Getty Images)


TopSpin said...

Hi Van

After her opener - I'm not that certain Venus will get as far as the semis;

I quite fancy Sharapova's chances, if she somehow manages to keep serving the way she did against Pironkova.

Agree with your mens picks

Anonymous said...

Hey Van the two best win the best event...

your picks are money

dark horse
men isner

woman sharopva


van said...

• Hey Topspin, I guess halfway in to the tournament, some are still hanging around, but I've really gotten proven wrong on some of the other picks!

• Brian, awesome call so far on Isner! I knew Roddick's draw was super scary going in, but I thought Andy would've come through. So much for that one!