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:
QUARTERFINALS 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)
SEMIFINALS Federer vs. Roddick; Berdych vs. Murray
FINALS Federer over Murray
And for the ladies:
QUARTERFINALS 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)
SEMIFINALS Jankovic vs. Sharapova; Williams vs. Williams
FINALS Serena Williams over Jankovic
Now, let me get ready to go camp out in front of the TV. Enjoy the first-day action!
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.