Originally Posted by sartrista7
This is a popular opinion round here... and really, it's one I completely disagree with. I'm 99% certain that Serena will take it. Capriati hasn't been a threat to win even Tier II titles for a couple of years, and one win over a listless Serena won't change that. Also, look at how she's been playing! Beygelzimer was 3-0 up in the decider, but choked. Peschke served for the first set, and choked. Bovina dictated the entirety of the match, but is brainless on the big points. Serena, on the other hand, has only been stretched by Kirilenko, who played better than all of Capriati's opponents combined.
Paola v Masha could definitely go either way, but Paola's the favourite. Given Amélie's history of nerves, there's no way I'm betting on her match. And Nastya is the most underrated player on these boards, no contest. Serena's the only 'favourite' I'm certain will get through.
Sharapova-Suarez: The only factor Sharapova has working against her, albeit a big factor, is inexperience; even Suarez would admit that Sharapova is the more talented of the two. This one's all up to Sharapova: if she plays to her level of talent, she'll win. If she plays to her level of experience, she'll lose.
Serena-Capriati: Jen has been the less consistent of the two, but you can't deny that Serena stokes her competitive fire like no other player. Their last match wasn't an aberration because Jen won; it was an aberration because it only went two sets. I expect Serena to win, but If I were a betting man, I wouldn't touch that one.
Venus-Myskina: Myskina may have a better forehand, but that's about it. If Venus maintains her current level of play, she wins no worse than 6-4, 6-4.
Mauresmo-Dementieva: If ever there was a time for Mauresmo to get out to a fast start, this is it. If Dementieva gets a 2-0 or 3-0 lead in the first, Mauresmo might start gripping. If I'm Mauresmo's coach, I'd show her a tape of the NASDAQ-100 final and tell her to do what Serena did on Dementieva's serve.