Thursday, March 25, 2010

Miami's nice (men and women quarterfinal predictions)

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!

(Photo: Getty Images)


Suphus said...

I heard someone here in the Netherlands commenting on last weeks tournament in Indiana as the "Fifth" Grand Slam ... now i'm confused :(

Erik said...

Van, you are brave to try and forecast Miami after all the chaos that went down at Indian Wells. For the women, I would agree Venus is the favorite but she has a tendency to lose early. I'd love to see Stosur make the final. Surprised you didn't have Henin or Clijsters in there. They both have to be itching to make a good run.

For the men, who knows? I mean between Nadal's teeth, Federer being rusty and Murray being so up and down it's hard to say. I'll be bold and pick Soderling.

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Hope your picks work specially in finals.. I want Nadal and williams to win the tournament!

van said...

Hey Suphus! Yeah, it's always been billed as that: mainly by the organizers looking to add more prestige to the event!

The event's almost over Erik, but man I have to give you credit for going out on a limb with Soderling!

And TTT, they have as good a chance as anyone at this point.

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