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tennisIlove09
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:15 PM
Wimbledon women's seed report

Wimbledon women's seed reportJon Wertheim, SI.com (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/cnnsi/SIG=10jq1r0oi/*http://www.si.com)
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/cn/headshots/jon_wertheim.jpghttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/p/si_lo_70x24_1.gif (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/cnnsi/ten/article/SIG=10mug73mg/*http%3A//www.si.com/)Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at Wimbledon. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to keep an eye on and his predicted winners.

Top 16 seeds

1. Amelie Mauresmo (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/166/). Here's our Zagat guide entry: The flaneurs claim her "easily-frayed nerves" are always a factor and it remains to be seen what effects her most recent Paris "meltdown" will have on her mental state. (An early loss doesn't augur well.) Others praise her "elemental" game, well suited as it is for grass and assert that if her "tete is on straight," (no small condition) she could bag her second Slam of 2006.

2. Kim Clijsters (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/49/). She has never had much luck at Wimbledon, somewhat odd given her exceptional movement and heavy ball-striking. Inasmuch as she is still committed to winning the big prizes in the showcase showdowns, she's on the short-list of contenders every year. It's easy, though, to envision her losing to Anna-Lena Groenefeld (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/621/) in the round of 16.

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4. Maria Sharapova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/403/). A winner two years ago, Sharapova hasn't hit Grand Slam paydirt since and has been dealing with assorted aches and pains (and even mental lapses) all year. Grass-court prep work was inauspicious as she lost to Jamea (Action) Jackson in Birmingham. Gifted with a benign draw, she ought to make the semis from the weakest quadrant.

5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/151/). The French Open finalist has a decent shot at the semis. She's an underrated volleyer who moves well. Potential quarterfinal against Nicole Vaidisova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/966/) could be a good one.

6. Venus Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/87/). The defending champion is, as usual, a great wild card. By design, no one is ever sure where things stand physically, mentally, and motivationally on Planet Venus. On last year's showing alone, you'd be a fool to dismiss her chances. But, 2006 has been less than smashing. Williams is unlikely to get tested in week one; and Mauresmo is her likely quarterfinal opponent. Who wants to bet against that?

7. Elena Dementieva (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/89/). Same old, same old. A terrific ball-striker and graceful athlete whose Frisbee fling of a serve will prevent her from inflicting much damage. She should get a workout from Sania Mirza (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/461/) and Katerina Bondarenko right away.

8. Patty Schnyder (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/92/). Schnyder is a career underachiever in Slams. If she doesn't live up to her seeding on clay, it's hard to see her doing it on grass. Might win a few rounds but countrywoman Martina Hingis (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/3799/) lurks in the round of 16.

9. Anastasia Myskina (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/101/). The 2004 French Open champ has taken a step back and settled in as a player who can sustain her status in the velvet ropes of the 10, but never really threatens. Unlikely to escape a quadrant that includes Venus, Mauresmo and Dinara Safina (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/170/). In fact, she could easily lose first match to veteran Cara Black (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/106/), who grew up on a grass court.

10. Nicole Vaidisova. She had her cotillion in Paris, beating Venus to reach the semis. A Sharapova-esque game should translate fine to grass. Is she now ready to take the next step? She had a hiccup in the Paris semifinals; can she avenge it in London?

11. Francesca Schiavone (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/150/). The swashbuckling Italian still hasn't won a title. She's fun to watch and comes up with some brilliant shots, but it will be an achievement if she lives up to her seeding.

12. Martina Hingis. Odd that a former champion didn't receive kinder treatment from the seeding gatekeepers. If the grass accentuates Hingis' lack of power, it also shortens the points, obviating the fatigue we saw in Paris. It's very easy to see Hingis lasting into week two, but hard to see her beating Henin-Hardenne in the quarters.

13. Anna-Lena Groenefeld. Insofar as a top-15 player can be a dark horse, pay close attention to ALG. A quarterfinalist in Paris, she's growing into her game nicely and her serve -- among the fiercest in the women's game -- ought to be good for a few rounds.

14. Dinara Safina. Out of her brother's shadow, Safina is a creditable top player in her own right. Still, her movement isn't the greatest and her track record doesn't suggest a long stay.

15. Daniela Hantuchova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/99/). She's slowly getting back to where she once belonged and has had success on the grass before. But the guess here is her third rounder against Katarina Srebotnik (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/116/) (which will undoubtedly end something like 10-8 in the third) will be her demise.

16. Flavia Pennetta (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/193/). The Italian reached the fourth round last year. She has a real shot to go a round better in 206.

Seeds 17-32

19. Ana Ivanovic (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/998/). We haven't heard much from the hard-hitting teen in some time, so he's due for a public appearance.

20. Shahar Peer (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/950/). The Israeli played well in Paris and her game won't be hurt by the faster surface.

21. Katarina Srebotnik. One of the better volleyers in the business.

26. Jelena Jankovic (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/404/). See Ivanovic.

27. Li Na. A breakthrough seems to be a matter of when, not if.

Dark-horses

Michaela Krajicek. Not only does she have the requisite big game, but family history is also on her side.

Jamea Jackson (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/559/). The American teen is in the throes of a bang-up year, having already beaten Sharapova and Ivanovic on grass.

Alicia Molik (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/78/). A top player not long ago, she's still shaking off the rust.

Romina Oprandi. Nice to see her qualify. Can she replicate the success she had in Rome?

First-round matches to watch

Oprandi vs. Kuzetnsova: Oprandi squandered match points against the Kooz last time they met.

Krajicek vs. Sam Stosur: Could feature -- get this -- quite a bit of serving-and-volleying.

Safina vs. Jill Craybas (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/164/): Can Craybas, who knocked off Serena Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/134/) in 2005, score another upset?

Myskina vs. Black: Though Black has become a doubles specialist this could be the first-round upset special.

Dementieva vs. Mirza: Mirza could break her sophomore slump by taking out the No. 7 seed.

Clijsters vs. Zvonareva: There are easier first round matches for Clijsters than a date against a former top tenner coming off a tune-up win.

Doubles winner

Sam Stosur and Lisa Raymond (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/102/): If they win on clay, lord knows they ought to win on grass.

Semifinals

Venus Williams vs. Sharapova Henin-Hardenne vs. Groenefeld

Finals

Sharapova vs. Henin-Hardenne

Winner

Henin-Hardenne

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:20 PM
Why is he picking Sharapova over Venus in the SF, when Venus has had better results of late, despite being out 3 months.

Drake1980
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:23 PM
I hope he's right about Justine! Well if Martina doesn't win that is!

BarbaraZ
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:26 PM
I hope he's right about Justine! Well if Martina doesn't win that is!

Martina will only play doubles

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:30 PM
Martina will only play doubles

Martina Hingis ;) :bounce:

sfselesfan
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:31 PM
I like him...but he's generally incorrect in his predictions (unless the favorite wins the tournament).

tonythetiger
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:34 PM
Why is he picking Sharapova over Venus in the SF, when Venus has had better results of late, despite being out 3 months.

Again, I'm happy when they don't pick Venus. Let them count her out and underestimate her. She plays better when she's relaxed and calm.

Ferosh
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:36 PM
Chill the fuck out! You guys get upset over any prediction that goes against what you believe. :rolleyes:

Bijoux0021
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:49 PM
Why is he picking Sharapova over Venus in the SF, when Venus has had better results of late, despite being out 3 months.
He can't help it. He's part of the media that are dying to keep Sharapova's hype-machine running no matter what it takes. At least he admits that she's been gifted another easy draw.

manu32
Jun 23rd, 2006, 07:59 PM
ridiculous....please post it in non tennis.....

Reuchlin
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:05 PM
Chill the fuck out! You guys get upset over any prediction that goes against what you believe. :rolleyes:
:worship:

Bijoux0021
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:33 PM
Didn't he pick Justine last year?

sfselesfan
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:36 PM
Probably. He usually picks her.

SF

The Guilty
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:40 PM
He picked ALG to reach the semis :haha:

SAEKeithSerena
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:48 PM
hahaha jhh will NOT win wimbledon against maria or venus

Ferosh
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:02 PM
He picked ALG to reach the semis :haha:


:confused: She reached the quarters of the French Open, I don't see why she wouldn't be able to surpass that feat at Wimbledon. You must be upset that your favorites were overlooked or something. Chill, let the man write what he wants to write. If you don't like his professional opinion, then why come in here in the first place? :rolleyes:

Ferosh
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:03 PM
hahaha jhh will NOT win wimbledon against maria or venus

Can you please tell me why? Is it because she's shorter? It's not like she's tanked at Wimbledon year after year.

faboozadoo15
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:10 PM
Why is he picking Sharapova over Venus in the SF, when Venus has had better results of late, despite being out 3 months.
better results of late? maria's had a much better 2006. the only tournament venus performed better in was the french open by a round.

crazyroberto6767
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:13 PM
:confused: She reached the quarters of the French Open, I don't see why she wouldn't be able to surpass that feat at Wimbledon. You must be upset that your favorites were overlooked or something. Chill, let the man write what he wants to write. If you don't like his professional opinion, then why come in here in the first place? :rolleyes:
ALG on clay>ALG on grass by a long shot. The poster may have come here to discuss what the person wrote, you can not like an opinion and still discuss it.

faste5683
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:17 PM
Can you please tell me why? Is it because she's shorter? It's not like she's tanked at Wimbledon year after year.

It's because he wants, desires, hopes and prays that JHH loses. It's kind of like a hobby...

:wavey:

Ferosh
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:23 PM
ALG on clay>ALG on grass by a long shot. The poster may have come here to discuss what the person wrote, you can not like an opinion and still discuss it.

This-----> :haha: is not a discussion. It's a slap in the face to the player.

vejh
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:25 PM
He has a slight point regarding Venus. You never know where her game will fall. She must be the only player I know who can totally rip it in one match and the very next day, in another match, she plays like a junior. And she can do this consistently (consistently inconsistent if ya know what I mean).

If it comes to Shara vs Venus in the semis , I would bet the whole kit and caboodle on Venus. But then that may be just the time when the errors seem to be out of her control. But still I really really like Venus' form.

I woud llike JHH's chances too, but as trite as it may seem, her height on grass puts her at a disadvantage for those serves out wide and those balls where a few inches would help her out.

But soon we'll see who trumps whom at WIMBY!!!! Woooooooohoo!

anlavalle
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:34 PM
He picked ALG to reach the semis :haha:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Shenanigans
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:39 PM
Well at least he has put a bit of thought into his predictions unlike the so called bbc experts!!

matthias
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:40 PM
he think a good serve is enough on grass
once again he showed that he has no clue
but i hope he is right, and ALG will reach the semifinal :)

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:39 PM
better results of late? maria's had a much better 2006. the only tournament venus performed better in was the french open by a round.

And that was the latest tourney both were in correct? So that's better results as of late....and let's not forget Maria was beaten on her best surface in straight sets by an also ran.

Denise4925
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:40 PM
:banana: Yay, I'm glad he picked Justine again. :lol:

Kart
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:44 PM
I hope he's wrong.

Denise4925
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:47 PM
I hope he's wrong.
:lol: Don't worry, he usually is, except for RG.

venus_rulez
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:52 PM
Dementrova, your avatar is an abomination! :lol:

faboozadoo15
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:10 PM
And that was the latest tourney both were in correct? So that's better results as of late....and let's not forget Maria was beaten on her best surface in straight sets by an also ran.
actually that's resulT, not results.
and i wouldn't be bragging about the difference between being beaten in a three set thriller to being mauled in the last 2 sets by very similar players. they both sucked at RG.

charmedRic
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:13 PM
It's because he wants, desires, hopes and prays that JHH loses. It's kind of like a hobby...

:wavey:

ROTFLMAO.

Denise4925
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:14 PM
It's because he wants, desires, hopes and prays that JHH loses. It's kind of like a hobby...

:wavey:
Hey what a coincidence, that's my hobby too. :wavey:

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:26 PM
Hey what a coincidence, that's my hobby too. :wavey:

Say it isn't so, Denise. Say it isn't so!!! :wavey:

Stamp Paid
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:43 PM
How totally foolish.
Venus will give them all grass court clinics.
Just you wait.

flyingmachine
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:51 PM
Oh dear he is not trying to jinx Justine again. :o :rolleyes:

UDACHi
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:07 AM
That is so badly written. I'm disappointed. :o

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:28 AM
Damn. He picked Justine again. It's the KISS OF DEATH :eek:

Marcus1979
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:32 AM
I like him picking players like Sharapova and Justine

he has just delivered those players the kiss of death :lol:

Derek.
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:53 AM
How totally foolish.
Venus will give them all grass court clinics.
Just you wait.

Since Serena won't be back until later this summer, have you jumped on the Venus bandwagon? :p

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:12 AM
Not surprised. Not surprised at all.

Corswandt
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:05 AM
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/151/). The French Open finalist has a decent shot at the semis. She's an underrated volleyer who moves well. Potential quarterfinal against Nicole Vaidisova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/966/) could be a good one.

I simply don't understand why people insist Kuznetsova is a good mover when she clearly isn't.

Rub
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:13 AM
i dunno about what kim will do now...

RenaSlam.
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:19 AM
ALG is dangerous, very dangerous.

I saw her play at Charleston on the clay this year, she could hit right through the court with her big shots and serve. She played Kuznetsova and overpowered the shit out of her, she could do a lot of damage on grass.

She's also a capable doubles player so that should aid in her favor as well.

explorer
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:33 AM
I like him picking players like Sharapova and Justine

he has just delivered those players the kiss of death :lol:
He picked Justine and Nadal to win the RG and he's right.

venusfan
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:38 AM
He picked ALG to reach the semis :haha:

:haha: :haha: :haha: LMAO:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Marcus1979
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:42 AM
He picked Justine and Nadal to win the RG and he's right.

RG was a 2 horse race tho ;)

Justine Fan
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:16 AM
Why is he picking Sharapova over Venus in the SF, when Venus has had better results of late, despite being out 3 months.

Perhaps he's a racist! :lol:

Justine Fan
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:17 AM
Chill the fuck out! You guys get upset over any prediction that goes against what you believe. :rolleyes:

So true :yeah:

Justine Fan
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:23 AM
I like him picking players like Sharapova and Justine

he has just delivered those players the kiss of death :lol:

He picked Justine for RG ... what happened to the kiss of death there then? :lol:

fifiricci
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:25 AM
He picked Justine and Nadal to win the RG and he's right.

Your kidding? Bugger me, the guy's a genius!! You mean he predicted correctly that the acknowledged Queen and King of Clay would win the biggest clay court tournament of the year? :eek:

Justine Fan
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Your kidding? Bugger me, the guy's a genius!! You mean he predicted correctly that the acknowledged Queen and King of Clay would win the biggest clay court tournament of the year? :eek:

I know .... and I bet he gets paid thousands to do that as well :rolleyes:

Allez-H
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:32 AM
ALG is dangerous, very dangerous.

I saw her play at Charleston on the clay this year, she could hit right through the court with her big shots and serve. She played Kuznetsova and overpowered the shit out of her, she could do a lot of damage on grass.

She's also a capable doubles player so that should aid in her favor as well.

I second that; ALG really impresses me. I'm not sure whether she'll make the semis down here but she'll be a consistent force in the future for sure.

Now she is inconsistent in her game, she can hit 3 amazing winners followed by 3 outrageous UE's. But she'll find a way to cut down those ue's and that inconsistency and become a topplayer in the future, no doubt about it