Originally Posted by fresh2flash
Lina cannot stand the pressure. So while she is not playing a home favourite (I hope there are not any) and not on a main court she will do fine.
That I comlpetely agree.. I saw it not once Lina completely folding under pressure.
Alyona. The 1st relatively strong opponent will sweep her on grass. She was not optimistic about her chances at Wimbledon when I asked her in Paris. What`s more she said nobody of the Russian girls will make it to the 2nd week.
This doesn't make sense, Gleb.
1) We had two girls in the second week of W for last two years. And this year is our best year up-to date.
2)Alyona herself made it to the second week last year, and reached the finals of Heineken. I expect her defend her seed.
3)Alyona Likhovtseva, her last three losses at W, in case you forgot were Davenport, Williams, Williams. So each of last three years she lost to a defending champion and a future finalist. I just hope that a couple of players will leapfrog her in rankings this week, so she would be unseeded and not having to face a Top 8 player in the third round. Otherwise, it will be difficult for her to make it to the R16.
4) Nastya made finals in both grass tournies she played last year. Now, I guess, she no longer questions her own potential on the surface, but rather willing not to play 10 matches on grass coming into W. She is just shooting for bigger prize this year. Makes sense. And she will be seeded #10. I will be surprised if she does not defend her seed.
5) If Nadya's serve was nearly unbreakable on clay ( Capriati - only three breaks in three sets, few men can hold serve that well on clay), what's it gonna be on grass?
Barring the disaster, I expect as to have more than one player in the second week. Hopefully, three or four.