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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:

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Serena’s Quarter:
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.

Pick: Serena


Wozniaki’s Quarter:
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.

Pick: Azarenka

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.

Pick: Henin

Venus’ Quarter:
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.

Pick: Venus


Semifinals: Serena over Azarenka, Henin over Venus
Final: Serena over Henin

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Re: Professional Picks and Predictions: Wimbledon

Here are the picks straight from some commentators, former players, and tennis writers. They've all made predictions prior to the draw being announced.
source: http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/picks

Darin Cahil

Men's Winner: Fedtard
Women's Winner: Serena
Women's Early Exit: Radwanska
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Sharapova

Cliff Drysdale

Men's Winner: Fedtard
Women's Winner: Serena
Women's Early Exit: Schiavone
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Sharapova

Mary-Jo Fernandez

Men's Winner: Nadal
Women's Winner: Venus
Women's Early Exit: Wozniacki
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Sharapova

Pam Shriver

Men's Winner: Roddick
Women's Winner: Serena
Women's Early Exit: Wozniacki
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Molik

Ford (tennis writer)
Men's Winner: Roddick
Women's Winner: Clijsters
Women's Early Exit: Stosur
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Sharapova

Garber (tennis writer)
Men's Winner: Nadal
Women's Winner: Venus
Women's Early Exit: Schiavone
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Peer

Tandon (tennis writer)
Men's Winner: Nadal
Women's Winner: Serena
Women's Early Exit: Schiavone
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Sharapova

Ubha (tennis writer)
Men's Winner: Nadal
Women's Winner: Venus
Women's Early Exit: Jankovic
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Sharapova

Wilansky (tennis writer)
Men's Winner: Fedtard
Women's Winner: Clijsters
Women's Early Exit: Wozniacki
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse) : Justine

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wow! No one has picked Justine! That should be weird. I do believ Sam deserves a mention, the way she is serving, she is going to be some serious threat next fortnight. they sure love Maria.

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I mean can they at least wait until the draw is released?

You don't close your eyes, even for a milli-second,
when Serena is backed into a corner and looking to bust out.
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Pam Shriver

Men's Winner: Roddick
Women's Winner: Serena
Women's Early Exit: Wozniacki
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Molik
Alicia hasn't shown any sort of good form since her Indian Wells 4th round.

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Pam Shriver

Men's Winner: Roddick
Women's Winner: Serena
Women's Early Exit: Wozniacki
Women's Sleeper (dark-horse): Molik
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justine's backhand has gone down the crapper - williams sisters are feeling the pressure of being old and the favorite-clijsters is hot and cold - i pick azarenka. young, powerful and hungry.

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masha as the darkhorse? sad.... but only jocks win wimbledon and maria hasn't moved well since she was 17. she's like seles without the consistency

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justine's backhand has gone down the crapper - williams sisters are feeling the pressure of being old and the favorite-clijsters is hot and cold - i pick azarenka. young, powerful and hungry.
so the sisters are old and Kim and Justine are not old,Serena is less than 2yrs older than kim and Justine is 9months younger than Serena.
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um, the williams sisters have been on tour every year since 1995. big difference. they're old.

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its a pretty open field - both men & women! exciting
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Killer Cahil, Cliffy and Pam, I knew there was a reason I liked them.
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um, the williams sisters have been on tour every year since 1995. big difference. they're old.
What short memories we have, if schiavone could win her first slam @ nearly 30, then this has to be a most ridiclous claim. If they were close to 30 and putting up schynder like performances I would agree with you, as it they are the highest ranked players on the tour now.

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what does darkhorse mean exactly
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