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Below, please find the round of 16 at Amelia Island. The players whose names are bolded are the ones I expect to win.




Justine Henin-Hardenne (1) vs. Conchita Martinez (16)
Considering Justine's first match and Conchita's somewhat solid play leading up to her 700th career victory, this would be considered a toss-up, but I expect Justine to previal, unless she serves like she was serving last night, then maybe Conchita has a chance.


Patty Schnyder (12) vs. Vera Zvonareva (8)
Patty is pretty good on green clay having beat Serena and Jennifer on this same surrace two years ago, but Vera is just as good on clay. However, Vera almost lost to Tina Pisnik due to her shaky serving and because she can be hot and cold, if Patty plays well, she can win, so I will give Patty the edge here.


Amelie Mauresmo (3) vs. Barbora Strycova
Barbara took out a pretty good clay court player in Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi today, but Amelie is so much better than Anna overall and really don't see Amelie having a problem here and should win in striaght straights.


Silvia Farina Elia (10) vs. Jelena Kostanic
Silvia had an easy win on Paola Suarez' doubles parnter, Virginia Ruano Pascual, today and Jelena, via a retirement by Elena Dementieva, has the mjaor upset of the tournament so far. Because I really don't know that much about Jelena, other than she had trouble, at times, holdling serve today, I will give the edge to Silvia to win.


Ai Sugiyama (6) vs. Paola Suarez (9)
Paola is pretty good on clay and I wasn't impressed by Ai's win tonight. Ai could have easily lost in striaght sets had she been playing a better player and Paola could be the person to cause an upset so if Ai's serving doesn't get better, Paola will win in straight sets.


Alicia Molik vs. Lindsay Davenport (4)
Alicia's had solid wins here so far, but Lindsay's win was solid too and is a top ten player and since I don't know that much about Alicia clay court record and I do know Lindsay's, I will give the edge to Lindsay to win in striaght sets.


Nadia Petrova (7) vs. Petra Mandula
Nadia, like Vera, can be hot and cold, but unlike Vera, can be prone to injury at any time. Petra is one of those sneaky players that can play good when you least expect it. Having said that, if Nadia can hold serve, I think she will win in straight sets, but if she can't, Petra might just have a chance at the upset.

Karolina Sprem vs. Serena Williams (2)
I don't think they have played before, but based on Serena's continued sucess after her 8 month layoff, I expect Serena to breeze though in staight sets, but if Serena's movment and serve are off, she could have a three set battle on her hands.
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Justine Henin-Hardenne (1) def. Conchita Martinez (16)
Vera Zvonareva (8) def. Patty Schnyder (12)
Amelie Mauresmo (3) def. Borbara Strycova (Q)
Silvia Farina Elia (10) def. Jelena Kostanic
Paola Suarez (9) def. Ai Sugiyama (6)
Lindsay Davenport (4) def. Alicia Molik
Nadia Petrova (7) def. Petra Mandula
Serena Williams (2) def. Karolina Sprem

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My thoughts:

Justine Henin-Hardenne (1) vs. Conchita Martinez (16)
Justine had a rough first match. But that isn't anything atypical for the Queen of Winning the Points that Matter. Henin has creamed Conchi the last few times they've met and see no reason to think that will change here. Could be 2 close sets though.

Patty Schnyder (12) vs. Vera Zvonareva (8)
This is the hardest of the match-ups to predict, in my opinion. When Patty is on she can beat just about anybody on clay and she showed a bit of on-ness in her last match...so here's hoping that Patty keeps the good play up and takes out the Young Angry One in nail-biter.

Amelie Mauresmo (3) vs. Barbora Strycova
Amelie showed good form in her 2nd round match and her aggressive-spin game on clay should overwhelm the recently-hot teenager.

Silvia Farina Elia (10) vs. Jelena Kostanic
I believe the only reason Kostanic was able to stay close to Dementieva today was due to Elena's injury...Silvia should cruise comfortably into the quarters.

Ai Sugiyama (6) vs. Paola Suarez (9)
Hmmm...Paola is considered the better clay courter. But, if you look at last year's results, Ai had more success. Ai's been slumping a bit, but for whatever reason I think she will pull out of it and gut through a close one here.

Alicia Molik vs. Lindsay Davenport (4)
All depends on how much Lindsay's injury hinders her. Without any impairment, Lindsay wins this in two sets, 6-4 6-4 or easier. If her wrist is acting up, then we could see a better contest...but otherwise, these two play very similar games, only the Big D does everything a bit better.

Nadia Petrova (7) vs. Petra Mandula
Ah, another Russian on-or-off player. Petra has had pretty good success on clay (it helps her overcome her sub-par movement) as well. But as in the Davenport vs. Molik match up, the things that Petra does well, Nadia typically does better. Especially serving (last week's semifinal debacle aside). Petrova in straights.

Karolina Sprem vs. Serena Williams (2)
Serena has been showing us some pretty quality tennis. Not perfect, but more than good enough to beat all but the elite. Given Sprem's ranking and who she has loss to recently, I expect Serena to cruise. Here's hoping Sprem can make it interesting!

QF:
Henin-Hardenne vs. Schnyder
Mauresmo vs. Farina Elia
Sugiyama vs. Davenport
Petrova vs. Williams
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Justine Henin-Hardenne (1) def. Conchita Martinez (16) , easily
Vera Zvonareva (8) def. Patty Schnyder (12), one tough one easy set
Amelie Mauresmo (3) def. Borbara Strycova (Q) , easily
Silvia Farina Elia (10) def. Jelena Kostanic, three sets
Paola Suarez (9) def. Ai Sugiyama (6), easily too.
Alicia Molik def. Lindsay Davenport (4) I would call an upset here..
Nadia Petrova (7) def. Petra Mandula, very easy, something like 1 and 2. Nadya is in unbelievable form.
Serena Williams (2) def. Karolina Sprem. One tough, one easy set.

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C. Henin-Hardenne d. Martinez 6-2 6-1
Schnyder d. Miss Piggy 7-5 3-6 6-4
Mauresmo d. Strycowva 6-3 6-1
Farina Elia d. Kostanic 6-4 7-5
Suarez d. Sugiyama 6-3 6-7 6-2
Davenport d. Molik 6-3 6-4
Petrova d. Mandula 6-1 6-4
Sprem d. Serena 7-6(13) 0-6 7-6(17)
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Justine Henin-Hardenne (1) vs. Conchita Martinez (16) 4.6 7.5 6.3
Patty Schnyder (12) vs. Vera Zvonareva (8) 6.2 6.4
Amelie Mauresmo (3) vs. Barbora Strycova - nonupset 6.3 6.3
Silvia Farina Elia (10) vs. Jelena Kostanic 5.7 7.6 6.3
Ai Sugiyama (6) vs. Paola Suarez (9) 6.2 7.5
Alicia Molik vs. Lindsay Davenport (4) 2.6 7.5 6.4
Nadia Petrova (7) vs. Petra Mandula 6.3 4.6 6.2
Karolina Sprem vs. Serena Williams (2) 7.6 2.6 6.4 like i can pick against her?
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Henin-Hardenne def Martinez 6-4, 6-3
Schnyder def Zvonareva 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Mauresmo def Strycova 6-4, 6-4
Farina Elia def Kostanic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Suarez def Sugiyama 7-6, 7-5
Davenport def Molik 6-4, 7-6
Petrova def Mandula 6-0, 6-4
Williams def Sprem 6-1, 6-3
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Seles, do you also like Kostanic?

She looks a bit similar to K-Lina.

Although, K-Lina is obviously more talented.
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Seles, do you also like Kostanic?

She looks a bit similar to K-Lina.

Although, K-Lina is obviously more talented.
Sure, I like all the Croats. I like her game, but it's not as explosive as Kiki's.
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Henin-Hardenne def. Martinez easy, a stick and a bagel
Schnyder def. Zvonereva, 3 tight sets but patty's game will eventually drive vera to chuck a vera
Mauresmo def. Strycova, 2 and 3?
Farina Elia def. Kostanic, one close set and one easy set
Suarez fef. Sugiyama, 3 very tight sets. both players VERY evenly matched
Molik def. Davenport, ok maybe im biased but i think alicia can do it
Petrova def. Mandula, easy
Serena def. Sprem, easy
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What about Talaja and her sexy nose?
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What about Talaja and her sexy nose?
She's ok, not my fave. And yes her nose is quite obviously the first thing ya see. I'm excited to see L-Pop play again. I'm liking here too.
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What about Talaja and her sexy nose?
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Henin-Hardenne def Martinez 6-2 6-3
Schnyder def Zvonareva 6-3 7-5
Mauresmo def Strycova 6-3, 6-2
Farina Elia def Kostanic 6-4 6-3
Suarez def Sugiyama 3-6 6-2 6-4
Davenport def Molik 6-3 6-3
Mandula def Petrova 7-6, 3-6 6-4
Williams def Sprem 6-1, 6-1
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