Sunday, January 12, 2014

Round of 16s: It's what I do (Australian Open men's and women's predictions)

And here we are: Australian Open time!

With that, I'm going to give you the round-of-16-to-winner picks I do every Slam. I've been batting about .750 on the men over the years, while usually operating on a 50-50 clip for the women.

Anyway, here I go. First with the men:

Round of 16
Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Kei Nishikori (16)
Grigor Dmitrov (22) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (5)
Andy Murray (4) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (21)
Marin Cilic vs. Roger Federer (7)
Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Kevin Anderson (19)
Florian Mayer vs. David Ferrer (3)
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) vs. Richard Gasquet (9)
Juan Monaco vs.  Novak Djokovic (2)

Quarterfinals
Nadal vs. del Potro
Murray vs. Federer
Anderson vs. Ferrer
Wawrinka vs. Djokovic

Semifinals
Nadal vs. Federer
Ferrer vs. Djokovic

Finals 
Djokovic over Nadal

For the women:

Round of 16
Serena Williams (1) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
Kirsten Flipkens (18) vs. Julia Goerges
Na Li (4) vs. Venus Williams
Elena Vesnina (23) vs. Flavia Pennetta (28)
Shuai Peng vs. Simona Halep (11)
Dominika Cibulkova (20) vs. Maria Sharapova (3)
Agnieszka Radwanska (5) vs. Kaia Kanepi (24)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (19) vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)

Quarterfinals
Williams vs. Flipkens
Li vs. Pennetta
Halep vs. Sharapova
Radwanska vs. Azarenka

Semifinals
Williams over Li; Azarenka over Sharapova

Finals
Williams over Azarenka

(Photo: The Associated Press)


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