Re: Charleston QF, Alize Cornet vs Agnes Szavay, who will win?
I'm a huge Agi fan but will say Alize isn't getting enough credit. She has some of the best clay results so far this year, and she's probably the most consistent of all the players her age. Remember she took Jankovic to three sets on hard courts at last year's USO. Alize has a very Chrissie-like game in some ways and we all now how Evert was on clay. It's a new much harder era of course, but consistency still counts for a lot on clay.
No doubt that Agi has the bigger game and higher ranking potential though. The fact that Agi does so well on clay when she hits a big ball says something about her all-around ability, which she's still only starting to realize in my view.
Agi's been playing a lot of doubles and doing great at it, even during her recent '08 singles struggles. That's going to keep her in good stead down the road on grass (where she could easily develop a Mauresmo like approach) and on faster hard courts. And the fact that Agi got to the final of the fastest surface of this year, in Paris, means she can even adapt her big forehand windup to speedy conditions. I'm not saying she's the second coming, but she has great potential. It's having to redo her serve that has curbed her progress a bit.
For other potential top 10ers, who do you think has a better chance: Cibulkova or Azarenka? I'd bet on the former.