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Mr_Molik
Aug 19th, 2004, 03:54 AM
Who will win this quarterfinal Olympics matchup???

I think the match should be another fairly routine win for Alicia. Her winning streak is currently at 8 (14 including doubles) and it sounds like her form is still getting better (she served 17 aces in 10 service games against Raymond and won 32 out of 33 points on her first serve!). I don't think Alicia's form is going to get any worse and I don't think she will beat herself, someone will have to actually outplay her, something I don't think Ai can do. I predict Alicia def Ai 6-3, 6-4 :bounce:

martinafan
Aug 19th, 2004, 04:01 AM
I think it will be quite tough, and Ai will really push Alicia

As much as i want alicia to win easily, i have a feeling it will be a tough 3 setter

Molik d. Sugiyama 3-6 6-3 6-3

AK-DH Fan
Aug 19th, 2004, 04:04 AM
I think Ai can win if she gets a high amount of first serves in and returns well. She does pocess a good return of surve so I think she will be able to handle it. It also depends on how Molik serves- since it's so big. I hope Ai can pull this off. On paper she should win this, but it might not be easy. I'll say: Ai 7-6, 6-4:) GO AI!!!!!!!!!!

Andy.
Aug 19th, 2004, 04:08 AM
as much as i would love Alicia to win i think that Ai will get too many balls back and annoy alicia into error like she does against soo many opponents. she will never out hit you but she will cause you to melt down. But i Have faith and if Alicia continues to play at this high level i give her every chance.

Dan23
Aug 19th, 2004, 04:44 AM
as much as i would love Alicia to win i think that Ai will get too many balls back and annoy alicia into error like she does against soo many opponents. she will never out hit you but she will cause you to melt down. But i Have faith and if Alicia continues to play at this high level i give her every chance.
My thoughts exactly :)
Alicia can definitely win but it'll be tough for her to get over Ai.
Should be an interesting match......GO ALICIA :wavey:

Bamafan717
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:07 AM
I hope Molik medals!!! She is the first real Aussie(Jelena was not a real Aussie) that I have seen be so good since I started watching tennis a few years ago.

I have a question for the Australian fans here. Do Australian fans consider Kim Clijsters to be Australiana?

treiber04
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:09 AM
Molik has a big game, Sugiyama has a game that can easily defend against it. Whoever wins its going to be close, I suspect Ai to win as Alicia hasn't been in these type of high-pressure situations before. However I expect this to be a big confidence booth to either player win or lose.

pcrtennis
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:39 AM
I like Alicia alot but I don't think the big serve is going to be a big deal for Ai since she just faced a big server in Sprem and handled it well. Once the rallies get going Ai is just to consistent and smart.

tterb
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:58 AM
I'm going to say Ai, though I expect a close match. Alicia's serve will have to be on fire like it has been recently for her to win, because Ai is a good returner. Alicia will be able to dictate with power, and will need to attack the net and use her volleying skills. But I think Ai's last match against Sprem was good preparation for this match. Ai certainly can handle Alicia's power. She will need to move the ball around and exploit Alicia's movement so she can hit to the open court for a winner. She'll also have to mix things up to keep Alicia guessing. I think if Ai's serve holds up in this high-pressure situation, her experience, consistency, and court smarts will win out in the end ... Ai wins 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

(Of course, I'll be extremely happy for the winner regardless of the outcome. Good luck to both ladies! :D)

Dan23
Aug 19th, 2004, 06:58 AM
I have a question for the Australian fans here. Do Australian fans consider Kim Clijsters to be Australiana?
No, I dont think we do.
Kim is well known and popular here due to her nice personality and her relationship with our favourte son, Mr Hewitt :)

GoGoMaggie
Aug 19th, 2004, 07:00 AM
Ai in two.

ex hopman
Aug 19th, 2004, 07:16 AM
Molik might have a great power especially in serve.
Ai could play very smart.

We'll see, but I predict it'll be a close match! but in 2? :p

Lemonskin.
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:01 AM
Three close sets, with Alicia coming out on top. She always lifts when playing for her country. i think this will be a corker of a match. Go Alicia!

skanky~skanketta
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:13 AM
i hope alicia wins, but i wont mind if ai wins either cuz she's so sweet!

Emiel Goelen
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:44 AM
Come on, Ai, you can do it!

Lemonskin.
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:56 AM
I hpe alicia is serving at her best - she has one of the best serves on the tour when she's on it.

Beat
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:00 AM
ai.

Greenout
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:17 AM
Tough one to call. It could go either way because both players have
a tendency to choke on "big" event matches. I say 3 sets, alot of
spirited play for two players that truly want to win it for their
respective nations. :)

Mattographer
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:25 AM
I still debate over whether Alicia will win or not for my PAW! :unsure: :lol:

azza
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:32 AM
I think Ai will win 7-6(5) 3-6 6-4 :shrug:

azza
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:36 AM
I still debate over whether Alicia will win or not for my PAW! :unsure: :lol:
:rolleyes:

Greenout
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:38 AM
Oh give Molik a break here. I'm no Molik fan; but when she's up for
it and not a bundle of nerves the girl can play. She's always great
at Hopman Cup.

Lemonskin.
Aug 19th, 2004, 11:45 AM
Oh give Molik a break here. I'm no Molik fan; but when she's up for
it and not a bundle of nerves the girl can play. She's always great
at Hopman Cup.

:yeah:

i hope she proves all the non-believers wrong and wins it. i would like to see an exciting match though!

xan
Aug 19th, 2004, 12:54 PM
Looking at form and the surface, and the fact that Alicia is playing for her country...

My money is on Alicia.

azza
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:00 PM
Looking at form and the surface, and the fact that Alicia is playing for her country...

My money is on Alicia.
:hehehe: How much :p

GermanBoy
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:14 PM
Alicia has to win! :cool:

Dave B
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:21 PM
I think we are not saying enough about this match if we think Alicia is just going to overpower Ai and if Ai gets enough balls back she will win. Ai is a counter-puncher, and even if Alicia doesn't hit balls out when she is in control of the point, Ai can turn the point around ala Kim and hit winners as well. That said, Alicia is on fire and has been serving really well. Normally I would pick Ai, but my picks have been so bad this tournament I think that I will pick Molik in two sets. Most likely easy sets since I think this will be a close match ;)

XaDavK_Kapri
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:48 PM
It's a very slow surface and Ai is very good on slow surfaces... Anyways, GO AI :D

V-MAC
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:56 PM
I really hope Alicia wins and goes on now to take the gold medal :)

lizchris
Aug 19th, 2004, 01:58 PM
I hope Alicia wins because that means that Venus will be seeded at least 11 for the USO, but I think Ai will win.

Experimentee
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:10 PM
I think Ai will get too many balls back for Alicia to handle. But she'll get tight in the 2nd set like always, and lose it, but win in 3.

kabuki
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:13 PM
I hope Alicia wins because that means that Venus will be seeded at least 11 for the USO, but I think Ai will win.

Pesonally, I think seeds 9-16 mean the same thing, possibility of meeting one of the top four in the round of 16. 11 looks better than 12 or 13, but makes little difference IMO.

kabuki
Aug 19th, 2004, 02:15 PM
By the way, Whoever I vote for in these poll ALWAYS loses, so instead of embarrassing myself further, I have decided to take bids for my vote. Alicia and Ai fans, I'll start the bidding at $1US.