Sunday, January 17, 2010

No 'knee'd' for concern (Australian Open women's predictions)


OK, this might be kind of weird.

So the Australian Open is in full swing and due to the fact that I was out and about all day, I didn't get to post my women's predictions earlier. But here's where the weird part comes in: I had Maria Sharapova advancing pretty far, but she's already lost to Maria Kirilenko. In the spirit of keeping it real, so to speak, I'm going to still list my predictions as I saw them pre-Aussie.

I'm expecting a familiar face to return to the winner's circle: Serena Williams. I don't think her draw is too ridiculous, knee concerns or not. Anyway, here goes, and just like I did with the men, starting early in the draw.

THE SWEET SIXTEEN
Serena Williams (1) vs. Samantha Stosur (13
Ana Ivanovic (20) vs. Victoria Azarenka (7)
Caroline Wozniacki (4) vs. Na Li (16)
Agniezka Radwanska (10) vs. Venus Williams (6)
Elena Dementieva (5) vs. Flavia Pennetta (12)
Kim Clijsters (15) vs. Aravane Rezai (26)
Alona Bondarenko (31) vs. Coco Vandeweghe
Maria Sharapova (14) vs. Dinara Safina (2)

THE ELITE EIGHT
S. Williams vs. Azarenka
Wozniacki vs. Radwanska
Dementieva vs. Clijsters
Bondarenko vs. Sharapova

THE FINAL FOUR
S. Williams vs. Wozniacki;
Dementieva vs. Sharapova

THE FINALS
S. Williams over Dementieva

Enjoy the first day of the tournament!

(Photo: AP)

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