Zvonareva v. Kucova
Vera Zvonareva has been playing strong tennis lately in that she got to the SF of Rome. She is comfortable on clay and beat Venus here last year, and she is at .667 on clay this year. Kucova is a qualifier, in her first major main draw, and while she may have potential in the future on clay, her best surface, she isn’t ready yet and shouldn’t do much against Zvonareva. Zvonareva in 2.
Serna v. Morigami
A tough one. This week, Morigami went three sets against Bacsinzsky, and then lost in three sets to Sugiyama. Serna made it to the QF of Vienna, but lost to ASP 61 60. Serna gets points for her great history on clay and at RG, while Morigami has seemed more comfortable on hardcourts. All this taken into account…Serna’s experience will pull her through. Serna in 3.
Grande v. Nagyova
Grande had a good run in Casablanca to the SF, but that is entirely negated by the fact that, in Berlin, she lsot to Syna Schreiber 60 60. Nagyova has not been very impressive this year. Nagyova just qualified for Strasbourg while Grande took the week off. Surprisingly enough, Negyova might actually pull out a first round match. Nagyova in 3.
Schwartz v. Sharapova
Barbara Schwartz is trying to make her comeback to tennis, but she may be too far past her prime to stage a real comeback. She hasn’t been in a major sice the Australian Open 2003, and this will hurt her. Sharapova has been rising and rising since her emergence on the WTA scene. All of her losses have been quality losses and she should have no trouble with Schwartz if she does her homework (we remember one Venus who has been surprised by her before). Sharapova in 2.
Daniilidou v. Weingartner
Daniilidou;s most recent losses have come against the likes of Venus and Amelie, she is sparatic and inconsistent, but generally will make it past the first round if she isn’t at the US Open. Weingartner reemerged this week with a QF in Vienna, but otherwise it has been a rough year, and she won’t be enough to threaten Daniilidou. Daniilidou in 2.
Frazier v. Camerin
Frazier just had a great week, going to the semifinals in Vienna. She has had a very Amy Frazier type year. She is not beating the big players, but she is being consistent with her level of play. Camerin just had a win over Dokic, but that doesn’t mean much right now. Her ranking has been rising and next year at this time, I may be picking this differently, but right now…..Frazier in 2.
Fedak v. Santangelo
Fedak is one of the stronger players who has gotten through the qualifying draw, and she had good wins over Callens and an ailing Jankovic in Rome qualifying. The fact that she is warmed up from the qualifying should also help her. Mara Santangelo made noise with a great showing at the Australian this year, but recently she has not played exceptional tennis. I may be wrong on this one but I give this match to Fedak in 3.
Castano v. Petrova
Petrova was on a roll. She had beaten Serena; she made it to 6th in the world, and then out of the blue, she lost to Pennetta and it threw her whole French Open in doubt. She has the pressure on her, defending SF points, and it could be interesting. Castano has a win over Daniilidou, but hasn’t proven she can beat the big players. Petrova should come through this match to increase her confidence, and an early exit (at least this early) seems unlikely. Petrova in 2.
Last edited by alwayshingis; May 22nd, 2004 at 09:49 PM.