Professional Picks and Predictions: Wimbledon (Oddo's picks added post #1)
Use this thread to post and discuss all the professional picks for this years Wimbledon.
The last time around Chirs Odo from onthebaseline,com came closes with his predictions. He correctly predicted three of the four SF's at this years French Open. He also correctly predicted that Na Li would reach the SF's at Oz this year. His predictions usually come out the day after the draw is announced. I'll be sure to add his two cents once it's posted.
The ever-great and all knowing Chirs Oddo's picks just added. He made these predictions the day after the draw came out I just forgot to post it, so here it is:
Three-time singles and four-time doubles champion Serena Williams has only failed to make the semi-finals in three of her ten appearances at the Championships to date. Add to that the fact that she is likely bitter about missing out on a great opportunity to win the French Open title and you have a recipe for disaster for the other players in her quarter of the draw.
But it’s not going to be a walk in the park, as Serena could face the up-and-coming German, Andrea Petkovic, in the second round. Things could get even dicier, with a possible fourth-rounder against Maria Sharapova lurking on the horizon.
Other notable threats in the bottom half of this quarter are former quarter-finalist Na Li and three-time former quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova.
At first glance it quickly becomes apparent that this quarter of the draw is going to feature dogfights galore. There are so many strong players here that it is conceivable that any of six or seven possible semifinalists could emerge.
But Wozniacki, with her gritty and determined play in Paris no doubt feeding her Grand Slam confidence level, deserves to be the early favorite to emerge. She’ll be tested before it’s all over, as a possible fourth-rounder with a suddenly surging Victoria Azarenka is sure to at least temporarily put an end to the BFF texting and twittering that has become a part of the daily routine for these two.
Sam Stosur, who held the all-time single match ace record at Wimbledon for two years (18 in 2007), will need some big serving to overcome her apparent lack of comfort on the grass. Surprisingly, the Aussie has never been beyond the third round at SW 19. She’ll need to build some momentum early, for she could face either Flavia Pennetta or Aravane Rezai in the fourth round if there are no surprises- but don't be surprised if she bows out early.
Other threats in this very deep quarter include Jie Zheng (former semi-finalist in 2008), Alexandra Dulgheru (playing her first Wimbledon though), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Gisela Dulko.
Jelena’s Quarter (also known as the Belgian’s Quarter):
You might be better off turning this quarter upside down before you start to analyze it. The No. 4 seed Jelena Jankovic has never been past the fourth round, while No. 17 Justine Henin is a two-time finalist who has been drinking raw eggs and chanting her Wimbledon mantra before, during, and after going to sleep, ever since she returned to the Tour.
Add to that mix the Tour’s supermom, Kim Clijsters, throw in a young hissy-fit-having Belgian, Yanina Wickmayer, add a dash of the bombastic tattoo-laden American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and stir while drizzling in a fine syrup of Nadia Petrova.
Bake under the hot sun, or retractable roof, and serve.
A potential third-rounder between Henin and Petrova, and a potential fourth-rounder between the winner and Kim Clijsters will keep all eyes on this part of the draw as the fortnight heads into its first weekend.
Ah, the stunning power and effortless athleticism that is Venus Williams on the freshly mowed lawns of Wimbledon’s Center Court. The recently turned thirty legend of Wimbledon lore has contested eight of the last ten Wimbledon finals, taking home five crowns.
But hope springs eternal for the other players in this quarter. Venus did suffer hiccups in 2004 and 2006, losing in the second and third rounds in those years. The past has proven that, while not likely, it is possible to execute a sneak attack on Venus. Could Alisa Kleybanova be to the 2010 draw what Jelena Jankovic was in 2006, when she pulled off a three set shocker over Venus in the third round? Probably not, but definitely maybe.
Others who’ll be anxious to pull the wool over Venus’ eyes when she’s taking a moment or two to adjust whatever complicated dress she’s concocted for the occasion will be: Marion Bartoli, a former finalist; Shahar Peer, who has been in good form all season; and Francesca Schiavone (if she isn’t still distracted from all the celebrating she did after Roland Garros).
And if you’re thinking dark horse, then take a look at Yaroslava Shvedova. She’s got a very big game, and many think she’s headed higher in the rankings.
Semifinals: Serena over Azarenka, Henin over Venus
Final: Serena over Henin
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Last edited by Sir Stefwhit; Jun 24th, 2010 at 12:03 PM.