...and other wacky predictions from ESPN site
Updated: Aug. 23, 2006, 8:35 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com
Women's draw, top half
Despite a recent rotten streak (winless in her last five matches dating to a first-round loss at the French Open), I see fifth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova working her way through her half of the bracket, though she'll have a surprise quarterfinal opponent -- the inspired Li Na of China, fresh off an upset of third seed Maria Sharapova in the round of 16.
The other side is a bit harder to call despite the presence of Mauresmo. The French star will most likely have to play Serena Williams and eighth seed Martina Hingis on her way to the semis. Williams has a 9-1 lifetime record over Mauresmo, though that probably means little given the unseeded Williams' truncated season. Mauresmo has prevailed over Hingis in the two matches they've played since Hingis' return to the WTA circuit, but the Swiss Miss has improved steadily all year and comes into this tournament in the top 10 for the first time in 2006.
Williams will probably take on U.S. Open Series winner Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the third round, and Ivanovic will have the small extra motivation of a $1 million bonus if she wins her first Slam.
Women's draw, bottom half
Adrenaline and heart might be enough to take Davenport to the quarterfinals against second-seeded Henin-Hardenne. Davenport would have to beat the enigmatic Patty Schnyder to get there -- but it's hard to see her getting around the feisty Belgian at that point.
Svetlana Kuznetsova's fourth seed is somewhat misleading. She hasn't played well this summer, and I'm picking ninth-seeded Czech teen Nicole Vaidisova to oust her in the round of 16.
Meanwhile, Russia's Elena Dementieva will knock off Venus Williams in the third round and swat her way to a semifinal collision with Henin-Hardenne.
Men's Final Four
Federer over Murray, Ljubicic over Robredo
Women's Final Four
Hingis over Petrova, Henin-Hardenne over Dementieva