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I have a feeling Sharapova will make the final

Same feeling I had last year, except last year I thought she'd win, since the quality of Serena's play during the tournament was uneven.

Can't say I think she'll win. I haven't seen Clijsters or Davenport yet. But Serena isn't going to win playing in the kind of pain she was in yesterday. Venus look VERY tentative. Put diffently, Sharapova would have to play far below form to NOT make the final.

Okay, if Venus suddenly rediscovers her form from 2001, she could beat her. But that's what it would take. And Venus isn't even trying to play like that. I just don't see a loss for Sharapova on that side of the draw. Petrova is very gifted athletically, but....

Ah well, I'll watch anyway.

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Bottom half isn't so stacked as it first seemed. Who's there to stop Sharapova? I love Nadia, but she's a flake. Venus struggles against Nicole Pratt and has never won a set against Sharapova on tour anyway. Serena is injured, out of shape, and playing less than brilliantly.

Ana Ivanovic is probably the biggest threat to Sharapova in her half - she's on fire, comfortable, and seriously talented.
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i have a feeling she'll win the final again. somebody save me from this...
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Bottom half isn't so stacked as it first seemed. Who's there to stop Sharapova? I love Nadia, but she's a flake. Venus struggles against Nicole Pratt and has never won a set against Sharapova on tour anyway. Serena is injured, out of shape, and playing less than brilliantly.

Ana Ivanovic is probably the biggest threat to Sharapova in her half - she's on fire, comfortable, and seriously talented.
Yep, same thought here.

Only afraid that Ana will have her off-day some time. That'll be

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the beauty of sport is that anything can happen. she can win without losing another game. then again she could lose to Srebotnik tomorrow.
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yes. I agree. she's gonna have it relatively easy though...i don't think serena or venus will make the semis and she'll have to face a flaky petrova and (probably) exhausted danillidou

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I think Ivanovic can do damage....

in the final she will have hell if she has to face Davenport of Clijsters.
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From what Ive seen, Sharapova will defend. She's playing by far the best tennsi out of everyone. However, every match is different. Who knows what'llhappen on any given day.
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I think Ivanovic can do damage....

in the final she will have hell if she has to face Davenport of Clijsters.
Clijsters should beat Sharapova in the final if she keeps it together mentally, which is not something to rely on.

Sharapova would probably beat Davenport, double bagel notwithstanding. Sharapova knows the reasons for that score, and certainly considers the beating she gave Davenport at Wimbledon last year more significant. In any case, Davenport would probably choke, tank or get 'injured', because that's what she does in the latter stages of Slams.

Mauresmo would be an intriguing opponent in the final - she is playing REALLY well, and she's got to overcome the nerves sometime. It could happen here. And if she does, I think she has a better grass court game than anyone else left.
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I'd laugh so much if the final was Mauresmo v Ivanovic pt948347272
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btw, with Serena, yes she's hurt and not in the physical shape she could be in (her injuries may have something to do with this) but anyone who has watched her two matches will KNOW....her opponents didnt play like their rankings in the sets that they won. Haynes was on crack with some of the shots she was making. Santangelo was very tidy and was hitting the lines. just had to say that. i dont expect Serena to win with a fractured ankle so that is not what this post is about
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and sharapova never beat mauresmo in 2 or 3 attempt :P
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Ivanovic isn't in the same quarter as Sharapova. If they meet it'll be in the semis. Don't worry. Sharapova doesn't have any advantage against Ivanovic. Ivanovic is as tall but is bigger and stronger than her so Sharapova will have to get a b plan which she hasn't shown yet.
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Yeah, you're right - Haynes was totally treeing (I love her for it!) And Mara has game but not the ability to sustain it, cf AO 04 vs Justine. Serena shouldn't have the same trouble against Craybas. But she is still playing really quite badly by her standards.
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