Sunday, January 13, 2008

Aussie Open Part Two (the ladies take the court)

The ladies draw is one that doesn't carry a huge amount of suspense in the early going. The top tier of women are so far ahead of the pack that I don't see much in the way of a new face rocketing through. It'll be interesting to see if Henin, Sharapova, and Williams et al are on form early, or just barely squeezing through. Also looking forward to see what sort of collapsa imperfecta magna the Russian choke artist Elena Dementieva will come up with this year. With her, anything is possible.
Mark's Matches: Ashley Harkleroad vs 30 seed Virginia Razzano, Shahar Peer (now coached by former Wimbledon champ Conchita Martinez) vs Renata Voracova, and Marion Bartoli vs Sofia Arviddson, because it's hard to believe that someone who's tennis game looks like they're using chopsticks for the first time could be the number 10 seed
Upset Special: in the early rounds, don't bet on anything big, but in the 4th round...
Dark Horse: 13th seed Tatiana Golovin is ready for her Grand Slam breakout, and it's gonna be a big one. Justine "The Belgian Backhand" Henin is in for a rough start to the 2008 season when they clash in the 4th round. It'll be Golovin rolling into the quarters
My Predictions:
Quarters: Venus Williams stomps the still-not-ready-for-primetime Ana Ivanovic, Anna Chakvetazde pretends that Svetlana Kuznetsova is one of the people who robbed her in her home in Moscow (that really happened) and beats the holy hell out of her, Golovin gets stopped in her tracks by Maria Sharapova, and Jelena Jankovic knocks off Serena Williams
Semis: Williams rolls over the mentally exhausted Chakvetazde, and Sharapova out-slugs Jankovic
Finals: Sharapova steps up as the person to beat on the WTA circuit this year

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