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:
Quarterfinals Roger Federer vs. Marcos Baghdatis Andy Murray vs. Juan Monaco John Isner vs. Rafael Nadal Andy Roddick vs. Novak Djokovic
Semifinals Federer vs. Murray Nadal vs. Roddick
Finals Murray over Nadal
For the women
Quarterfinals Agnes Szavay vs. Yanina Wickmayer Venus Williams vs. Agnieszka Radwanska Samantha Stosur vs. Victoria Azarenka Elena Dementieva vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Semifinals Wickmayer vs. Williams Stosur vs. Wozniacki
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.