Thursday, March 25, 2010
So a day or two has passed at the Sony Ericsson Open, the unofficial "Fifth Slam," which it's been billed as since its days as the Lipton Championships. I've been a fan of this event since Andre Agassi won it waaay back in 1990. The following year saw Jim Courier take it and nearly all of the big names have won titles here. It had been Serena Williams' personal playground for the past few years, but she's out with an injury. Both draws promise to be exciting, regardless of who isn't there.
Since it is so prestigious an event, I decided I'm going to give it some of my reserved-for-Grand-Slam treatment and make quarterfinal picks down to the winner for both draws. I know the matches are well under way, so I'll base it on who's left (at least I'm not starting from the round of 16 trying to predict the final eight)!
For the men:
Roger Federer vs. Marcos Baghdatis
Andy Murray vs. Juan Monaco
John Isner vs. Rafael Nadal
Andy Roddick vs. Novak Djokovic
Federer vs. Murray
Nadal vs. Roddick
Murray over Nadal
For the women
Agnes Szavay vs. Yanina Wickmayer
Venus Williams vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
Samantha Stosur vs. Victoria Azarenka
Elena Dementieva vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Wickmayer vs. Williams
Stosur vs. Wozniacki
Williams over Stosur
That's how I see it!
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