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Pam Shriver: Expect a Suarez-Capriati Final

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None of the top five seeds are in the semifinals, so it makes picking anyone to win Thursday's matches a little bit of an uneasy process. It's very contagious when upsets happen; it starts to feed on itself. So any prognosticator feels a little wary.

However, the French crowd will strongly be behind former champion Jennifer Capriati, who is making a comeback on their turf. Some of them will even remember watching her break out at Roland Garros at age 14.

No. 6 Capriati and No. 5 Anastasia Myskina of Russia are neck and neck in the rankings. However, Capriati seems back on track and getting some big wins again. Her experience and temperament when the match gets close are better than Myskina, who sometimes gets emotional.

If Myskina can come out and play a mentally mature match, she certainly has the tools to win: speed and ground strokes as devastating as anyone on both sides. However, her serve sometimes turns out to be a weakness.

With that in mind, pick the proven horse and that's Capriati.

The other semifinal pits doubles specialist Paola Suarez, seeded 14th, against Russian Elena Dementieva, seeded ninth. In this situation, it's so easy to go with the favorite, which would be Dementieva.

Dementieva's serve looks like it's holding up, but it's still a fragile part of her game. Of concern for Suarez, is how much doubles she's going to play because she's also in the women's doubles semifinals. Suarez played a three-set doubles match on Wednesday, but it was early enough it shouldn't become a problem in singles Thursday. Her doubles experience could help, too, as her aggressiveness at net could make this a close match.

A lot of times, a match like this comes down to the little things. Dementieva's only experience in a Grand Slam semifinal was at the U.S. Open four years ago. Suarez has never been in this position in singles, so Dementieva might feel she has an edge over Suarez in this situation. Plus, Suarez is used to having someone alongside her in those moments.

But you have to hand it to Suarez that she's 27 years old and now playing her best tennis. It's enjoyable and refreshing to see a player do that. Also impressive, is how very few unforced errors she's making.

For that reason, expect Suarez to win what will likely be a close, nerve-wracking match.

ESPN tennis analyst Pam Shriver won 21 singles and 112 doubles crowns, including 22 Grand Slam titles
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Did I say "Shit on Pam"? I always loved Pam!

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So in other words there will be an all Russian final.
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with her cock up of the semi finals, i'm sure Jennifer is cursing her ass out right now

i fully expect an All Russian final. i did anyway, but the fact that Pam picked the other two...well...their chance is good as gone.
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I guess that seals it that it will be an all-Russian final.

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was not she the lesbo who did not get one prediction correct in the quarters ??
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post #7 of 68 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2004, 09:55 PM
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Oh well lets bet on Myskina and Dementieva then........Suarez is better than Momo? Jens is a toss up which Jen turns up at set points and how many UE Myskina makes..
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Pam still has the nerve to make predictions????????
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Originally Posted by tennisIlove09

ESPN tennis analyst Pam Shriver won 21 singles and 112 doubles crowns, including 22 Grand Slam titles
WorldWar24, tennis analyst with 0 singles and 0 doubles crowns, including 0 Grand Slam titles, thinks Pam Shriver is clueless

Me thinks it is going to be Suarez vs Myskina, but since Pam picked Suarez and Caps, then there's a huge chance it will be an all-russian final

ESPN tennis analyst Pam Shriver won 21 singles and 112 doubles crowns, including 22 Grand Slam titles, who managed to score 0% accuracy on her predictions for the semifinals GO PAM

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Hmmm, the Russians must be pleased to read this.
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I agree with her predictions....for once.
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I think people are being a bit harsh on Pam. <strike>It's not easy being a giraffe</strike> C'mon, I bet most of you would have predicted what she did for the QFs. No-one expected these semi-finalists!
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She better be right this time!

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Hope so much that she is right...mind you, look who she picked for the semis!

Anyway, nice article, GO PAOLA!

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