Originally Posted by tennisIlove09
While Tanasugarn is in a slump, she has consistently been in the top 30 in the world.
Kostanic is a good upstart clay courter, who reached the SF of a Tier 1 this year on clay
Pierce. Former champ, and if she's hitting well can hit anyone off the court
Zuluaga--a semi finalist at the AO, and clay is her best surface
No one else has had that kind of draw. It was the toughest (although all the early rounds should be "easy" for the top players. But this was the hardest of all of them. But, it wouldnt' have been that way if players were upset. Serena for example hasn't had to face a seed. You can't compare her draw to Venus'. Venus is 10 times harder)
Rankings don't matter.
And "if's" don't matter either.
"If Pierce hits well" - but she didn't hit well. And when Mary doesn't hit well, she has nothing else. She then becomes a piss-poor draw.
Tanasugarn is CRAP on clay and hasn't done anything on it. And she never beats top-players. She doesn't believe. Easy draw.
Kostanic is in good form, but inexperienced. Not an easy opponent, but no problem for Venus still.
Zuluaga - she's good IN THEORY. In reality, she's a choker who never beats top-players. She's never done well at big tournaments, except a fluke SF in Australia where she lost badly.
The point is: it's about if your opponent BELIEVES in her chances, like Kirilenko did.
It's about how well your opponent plays on that day, like Beygelzimer against Jen.
: has your opponent an actual CHANCE to beat you?