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Pam Shriver's QF picks: Sharapova | Mauresmo | Venus | Serena

by Pam Shriver

Special to ESPN.com

The barn-burner match of Tuesday's quarterfinals is between two top Americans as No. 2 Serena Williams plays No. 7 Jennifer Capriati.




The two met just a couple of weeks ago in Rome, where Capriati got a big boost from her 6-4, 6-4 semifinal victory. Capriati absolutely needed that win. It's too bad she couldn't finish off another top player, Amelie Mauresmo, in the final.



Despite Capriati's increased confidence, Serena likes to get revenge for losses. After Justine Henin-Hardenne beat her in the semifinals of last year's French Open, Serena returned the favor in the semifinals at Wimbledon. Serena rarely loses, but it's more rare for her to lose to the same player twice in a row. So I'm giving the nod to Serena in this match.



After all the injuries on the women's side, this is the quarterfinal matchup should be a barnburner.




Here's a look at what might happen in the other matches.



Paola Suarez (14), Argentina, vs. Maria Sharapova (18), Russia
As long as Sharapova, who turned 17 in April, doesn't get in awe or overly excited about this situation, she should do well. Out of the possible matchups, playing Suarez to get to a semifinal is a great opportunity, although Suarez is a little tougher to beat on clay than other surfaces.



It seems, though, that Sharapova is ready to arrive in the final four. She's growing into the whole scene. Each month, she seems more confident of her place in women's tennis. She's a star on the rise.
Pick: Sharapova



Amelie Mauresmo (3), France, vs. Elena Dementieva (9), Russia
Mauresmo's routine scoreline of 6-2, 6-1 against Maggie Maleeva in the fourth round is impressive. This quarterfinal with Dementieva will be Mauresmo's first sizeable test.



Mauresmo is playing well enough that she should win this match, but she has to do everything well. She can't suddenly hit the wall like she has the past two years at the French Open (losing to Serena 6-1, 6-2 in 2003, and 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to Suarez in '02).



For the first time, Mauresmo seems to have the mentality -- she's had the skill for years -- that she needs to make herself felt. She might not win the title, but it is her time to make it into the final four.
Pick: Mauresmo



Anastasia Myskina (6), Russia, vs. Venus Williams (4), U.S.
Even after a day off, Myskina likely will still be a little tired on Tuesday for this quarterfinal because of her 8-6 third set on Sunday.



Everything's playing into Venus' hands. She's had a great clay-court season. She's more confident than she's ever been on clay.



Venus will have to serve well, though. She's playing against one of the best returners in this tournament, so she'll feel some pressure on her serve. Otherwise, as long as Venus serves well, she should have an easy day and get through to the semifinals.
Pick: Venus
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nice analysis pammy
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I think, JCap-Serena match aside, the Momo-ElenaD match could go either way too.
I'm only confident with Venus. I think Myskina aint playing that well recently.
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i have to agree with pam, except i think paola might be able to junkball maria to death

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Ya I AGREe..Maria Sharapova might hit alot of Unforced Errors & has a hard time defeatin players that throw nothing but junk balls like Emilie Loit did in defeatin Maria Sharapova at the US OPen last YEAR..We'll SEE!
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Venus and Serena will almost definitely win.
Paola's the heavy favourite against Masha, but Masha's surprised me so far and does have a chance.
Amélie v Lena could go either way, and is very much dependent on Amélie's nerves.
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Plus....Serena just has a knack of raising her game at major tournaments, that I think she´ll be there....remember how easily Justine beat her at Charleston last year?!

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Plus....Serena just has a knack of raising her game at major tournaments, that I think she´ll be there....remember how easily Justine beat her at Charleston last year?!
n Serena still loses???Ya she seldom loses twice to the same player
but definitely Jenn has the capability to do tt
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I think Capriati can do it,the only prediction I agree with is the one about Myskina-Venus match,but the other ones are just ???
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n Serena still loses???Ya she seldom loses twice to the same player
but definitely Jenn has the capability to do tt
Yeah, she does have the capability.....I hope that Serena realises that too and decides to come to play.

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patience, patience, patience Serena...and you should be fine.

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All I can say is that I'm glad she picked against Capriati again, because she was sure right about Schiavone ;-)
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All I can say is that I'm glad she picked against Capriati again, because she was sure right about Schiavone ;-)
thing is....Serena ain´t no schiavone.

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it's the most interesting match because neither Jennifer nor Serena has been playing great ball in this tournament.
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I agree with Pam's picks also.

The only one that could be a surprise is that Elena could acutally beat Amelie, but I don't see that happening.
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