The editors of TENNIS Magazine and TENNIS.com weigh in with their predictions on who will be victorious at 2009 Australian Open.
5 votes for Federer
3 votes for Murray
1 vote for Nadal
1 vote for Djokovic
3 votes for Venus Williams
2 votes for Jelena Jankovic
2 votes for Serena Williams
2 votes for Elena Dementieva
1 vote for Victoria Azarenka
They've got their Editor in Chief, Executive Editor, Senior Editor, and seven other titled big-whigs all giving their predictions. Not a bad read... and of course, like everyone else they're all taking stabs in the dark.
Here are a couple:
The defending champion will have the pressure off him this Slam, with all eyes on Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.
Why not? She would play Serena Williams early in the event, when Serena is most vulnerable. From there, Azarenka will ride that high all the way through the final.
Maybe I’m going out on a limb by making Federer my choice to win the A.O. But I have a feeling he’s been laying low recently for a reason. Kind of like The Bride in Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Federer will emerge from whatever coma he’s been in lately, and will exact revenge on all the players who have been beating up on him. That means payback, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray. This year, Federer is healthy and ready to fight.
Dementieva is on a roll with two back-to-back tournament wins. Question is: Has she peaked too soon? The Williams sisters could meet in the semifinals. Serena is prepped after toughing out a couple competitive three setters; Venus, on the other hand, has had no preparation. I don’t see her being fit enough to handle the heat down under. Jelena Jankovic, the No. 1 seed, also had hardly any match preparation. She’s fitter than ever but she still has a concentration problem in big events. So, I’m going to go with an “E” for effort. Dementieva is the one most deserving. It’s her time.
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