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Volcana
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:00 PM
Got to looking at the Olympic draw finally

01 BEL HENIN-HARDENNE
__ AUS PRATT

__ FRA PIERCE
06 WILLIAMS

03 RUS MYSKINA
__ GRE DANIILIDOU vs 15 BUL MALEEVA

11 ITA SCHIAVONE
__ COL ZULUAGA

08 JPN SUGIYAMA
12 CRO SPREM

__ USA RAYMOND
__ AUS MOLIK

05 RUS KUZNETSOVA
10 SUI SCHNYDER

16 USA RUBIN
__ ITA CAMERIN vs 02 FRA MAURESMO

A couple things freak me out.

Who would have believed the American singles players would be Venus, Chanda and Lisa Raymond?

I'm surprised the Russian team is already down a player.

I have no idea who'll win. Mauresmo has the best draw, but it's hard to imagine her winning a Gold medal. Given her match vs Kuznetsova is going to be a bt 'under the radr', I think she's a near lock for a silver. Myskina has the next best draw, but her semi will probably be pretty tough.

Andrew.
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:03 PM
Gold - Amelie
Silver - Justine
Bronze - Sprem

shap_half
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:03 PM
so is there no 4th R in the Olympics?

pcrtennis
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:04 PM
Ai will medal in singles and in doubles!

Andrew.
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:05 PM
Ai will medal in singles and in doubles! Sprem will beat Ai NBD.

TomTennis
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:05 PM
so is there no 4th R in the Olympics?

no, its only a 64 draw. It goes, 1st round (64 players)
2nd round (32)
3rd round (16)
1/4finals (8)
1/2 finals (4)
finals (2)


* plus the playoff for the bronze medal

shap_half
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:07 PM
Let's go JUSTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

boggs570
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:07 PM
Got to looking at the Olympic draw finally

01 BEL HENIN-HARDENNE
__ AUS PRATT

__ FRA PIERCE
06 WILLIAMS

03 RUS MYSKINA
__ GRE DANIILIDOU vs 15 BUL MALEEVA

11 ITA SCHIAVONE
__ COL ZULUAGA

08 JPN SUGIYAMA
12 CRO SPREM

__ USA RAYMOND
__ AUS MOLIK

05 RUS KUZNETSOVA
10 SUI SCHNYDER

16 USA RUBIN
__ ITA CAMERIN vs 02 FRA MAURESMO

A couple things freak me out.

Who would have believed the American singles players would be Venus, Chanda and Lisa Raymond?

I'm surprised the Russian team is already down a player.

I have no idea who'll win. Mauresmo has the best draw, but it's hard to imagine her winning a Gold medal. Given her match vs Kuznetsova is going to be a bt 'under the radr', I think she's a near lock for a silver. Myskina has the next best draw, but her semi will probably be pretty tough.

Who would have believed the American singles players would be Venus, Chanda and Lisa Raymond?

What do you mean by that?

shap_half
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:07 PM
So what's the schedule looking? Is the 3rd R all being played tomorrow?

Glenn
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:08 PM
I stick with my first thought:

Gold: Sprem
Silver: Henin-Hardenne
Bronze: Myskina

shap_half
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:14 PM
It won't be all that easy for Mauresmo. Chanda did beat her at the YEC.

lizchris
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:17 PM
Got to looking at the Olympic draw finally

01 BEL HENIN-HARDENNE
__ AUS PRATT

__ FRA PIERCE
06 WILLIAMS

03 RUS MYSKINA
__ GRE DANIILIDOU

11 ITA SCHIAVONE
__ COL ZULUAGA

08 JPN SUGIYAMA
12 CRO SPREM

__ USA RAYMOND
__ AUS MOLIK

05 RUS KUZNETSOVA
10 SUI SCHNYDER

16 USA RUBIN
__ 02 FRA MAURESMO

A couple things freak me out.

Who would have believed the American singles players would be Venus, Chanda and Lisa Raymond?

I'm surprised the Russian team is already down a player.

I have no idea who'll win. Mauresmo has the best draw, but it's hard to imagine her winning a Gold medal. Given her match vs Kuznetsova is going to be a bt 'under the radr', I think she's a near lock for a silver. Myskina has the next best draw, but her semi will probably be pretty tough.

I put in bold who I think will advance to the QF. The way the draw is stacking up, anyone is ripe for any upset, but of the top four seeds that are still in, I don't see Myskina advancing past the QF if she gets there, mainly because her draw isn't getting any easier.

Volcana
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:43 PM
Who would have believed the American singles players would be Venus, Chanda and Lisa Raymond?

What do you mean by that?
A couple months ago, I (and a lot of other people) expected the Olympic singles players to be Lindsay, Serena and Venus, or maybe even Jenn. Chanda was very unlikely, and Lisa Raymond wasn't even in the discussion. I must say, given how she got treated in 2000, I'm very happy for Raymond. She not only gets to go to the Olympics, she gets to play singles and doubles. BJK did treat her rather shabbily last time, even though what happened was within the letter of the rules.

boggs570
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:46 PM
A couple months ago, I (and a lot of other people) expected the Olympic singles players to be Lindsay, Serena and Venus, or maybe even Jenn. Chanda was very unlikely, and Lisa Raymond wasn't even in the discussion. I must say, given how she got treated in 2000, I'm very happy for Raymond. She not only gets to go to the Olympics, she gets to play singles and doubles. BJK did treat her rather shabbily last time, even though what happened was within the letter of the rules.

Thanks for the explanation but when I saw Vee's name in there I was thinking something else.

lizchris
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:47 PM
The biggest question is who would have thought the three American singles players, none of whom are in the top ten, would advance to the third round and two of the four Russian singles players, one of who is in the top ten and the other who is in the top 15, would be gone by the third round?

boggs570
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:50 PM
The biggest question is who would have thought the three American singles players, none of whom are in the top ten, would advance to the third round and two of the four Russian singles players, one of who is in the top ten and the other who is in the top 15, would be gone by the third round?

We really know that Venus is a top 5 player whether the ranking shows it or not. Unlike Dementiava if you know what I mean. ;) ;)

Philip
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:51 PM
Gold: Venus
Silver: Patty
Bronze: Karolina

:p

darrinbaker00
Aug 17th, 2004, 07:56 PM
If I'm Anastasia Myskina, I'm on my knees praying for Maggie Maleeva to win (of course, I'm assuming that vampires pray). After struggling the way she did today, the LAST thing she needs is to face Daniilidou in Athens. ;)

Dave B
Aug 17th, 2004, 08:04 PM
Gold: Venus
Silver: Momo
Bronze: Sprem

shap_half
Aug 17th, 2004, 08:07 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb here and just cross my fingers for

G: Justine
S: Momo
B: K-Lina

Volcana
Aug 17th, 2004, 09:06 PM
We really know that Venus is a top 5 player whether the ranking shows it or not. Unlike Dementiava if you know what I mean. ;) ;)
It pains me greatly to say it, but Venus isn't a top five player right now. Her porsche ranking is a bit more indicative than her yearly ranking. She's definitely one of the ten best, but how can I put her ahead of Lindsay, Amelie, Anastasia, Justine or Serena?

treiber04
Aug 17th, 2004, 09:12 PM
Gold: Venus
Silver: Sprem
Bronze: Rubin

switz
Aug 18th, 2004, 01:21 AM
Gold: Patty
Silver: Venus
Bronze: Molik

Doubles

Gold: Patty/Myriam
Blah
Blah

lauryn
Aug 18th, 2004, 01:38 AM
Too be honest, I Don't have a clue will take which medal home, but I think these will be the semi finals:

Venus Williams-Myskina
Sprem-Mauresmo

And then probably

Gold: Mauresmo (if she can keep her nerves)
Silver: Venus (if she stays healthy)
Bronze: Sprem

Freewoman33
Aug 18th, 2004, 01:55 AM
All I know is that Venus will win gold.

ys
Aug 18th, 2004, 02:06 AM
I am still sticking with my prediction that I made after the draw:

Williams-Kouznetsova final.

Junex
Aug 18th, 2004, 04:15 AM
The biggest question is who would have thought the three American singles players, none of whom are in the top ten, would advance to the third round and two of the four Russian singles players, one of who is in the top ten and the other who is in the top 15, would be gone by the third round?


It is not a matter of question, it happens all the time in every tournament.
Upsets are natural and it add zest to the game. its just a matter of who can pull it off and who cannot handle the pressure very well.

but i say Dementieva's lost is a bit expected, i am secretly rooting for Alicia :p

charmedRic
Aug 18th, 2004, 04:48 AM
This is still CLEARLY up in the air people, I dont think we'll know for sure until the QF are set up.

For all we know this third round can be all upsets. so far athens has surprised some of us...and I think it will continue to do so.