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So Disrespectful
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:11 AM
Hey! :wavey: Sorry if they're crap ;)

Amelie Mauresmo
World number one Amelie Mauresmo won her first grand slam in Australia earlier this year. Her less than impressive recent results, which include shock exits at Roland Garros and Eastbourne, make it difficult to justify Mauresmo's status as the world's "best player". Her variety and skills are suited to grass, and she has done extremely well at Wimbledon in the past. Her chances are somewhat unpredictable.

Venus Williams
Defending champion Venus Williams looks set to defend her third Wimbledon crown. She has had some decent showings this year, a quarterfinal at Roland Garros and a couple of semifinals at smaller events have seen Williams maintain her top ten ranking. Seeded sixth, the older Williams sister is once again in the running.

Justine Henin-Hardenne
A shocking first round exit last year at Wimbledon has helped to downplay Henin-Hardenne's chances this fortnight. Titles both in Paris and Eastbourne will do wonders for the Belgian's confidence, but will her fragile frame be able to endure two weeks of power tennis?

Kim Clijsters
Clijsters is a fan and bookmakers favourite at almost every tournament she contests. Her aggressive play is yet to translate into good grasscourt results, but Clijster's gritty determination should carry her through to the second week. Her injuries have had sufficient time to heal, but Clijsters motivation to win another slam is questionable.

Svetlana Kuznetsova
"Kuzy" was a quarterfinalist here last year, going down galantly to eventual finalist Lindsay Davenport. Kuznetsova has struck a purple patch of form and her all-court game does seem to benifit from a faster surface. She could cause an upset or two, but winning the whole thing seems unlikely.

Dark Horses

Alicia Molik
Coming back from a debilitating virus, Molik has been working hard to regain her best form. Pushing Ivanovic to three sets in Rosmalen is an encouraging sign for the Australian, and she is always a major threat on grass.

Michaella Krajicek
The younger half sibling of former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek has made a name for herself on the women's tour. She has the game, and serve, to do well here. Her improved physical form and positive mentality will be great assets to the dutch teenager.

Pheobo
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:22 AM
Erm...where's LenaD, Hingis, Nastya, Masha, Petrova, Vaidisova, Groenefeld and Safina?

They're contenders as well, no? Or are you only writing about your favorites?

So Disrespectful
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Erm...where's LenaD, Hingis, Nastya, Masha, Petrova, Vaidisova, Groenefeld and Safina?

They're contenders as well, no? Or are you only writing about your favorites?

I had to do the men's as well, and I didn't have all day :lol:

On a side note, I hate many of the players in that article

Pheobo
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:32 AM
I had to do the men's as well, and I didn't have all day :lol:

On a side note, I hate many of the players in that article

Sweet! me too.

Gowza
Jun 25th, 2006, 11:15 AM
everyone keeps saying how mauresmo's performance at RG this year was poor but she always does poorly there, she's never got past the QFs, out of 12 attempts at the title she's only got to the QFs twice and this year was only the third time she exited in the 4th round so she really didn't do that badly compared to how she usually goes, it was one of her better performances there really. ok she was number one and she won the AO this year but she did ok. if she had gone 1 round further people probably wouldn't say she did poorly, they'd be like well it was on of her best attempts.

i think mauresmo does have a shot this year though at wimby, last year in the warm-up tourn she lost to dushevina and still got to the SF.

venus' QF means she's looking good to go deep at wimby.

justine has been to a final before, this year she got to the finals of AO and won RG plus won the warm-up tourn so she's not only on a confidence high but after the first round loss at wimby last year and winning her warm-up tourn she is on a grass court high and also has the motivation to do well again at wimbledon (because of the early loss last year).

clijsters, she's never been to the final at wimby. she's also only got one SF at this tournament whereas at the other majors she's been to the semis or further on 2 or more occassions. she does look like she's maybe lost a bit of interest in tennis since her us slam win but hopefully with wimby being the only slam she's never been to the final at, she will be motivated to do so this year. she's decent on grass, not the best but she always has a chance against any player on any surface.

kuznetsova has a good allround game but in the last year i've felt more and more that she's missing something, she can get pushed around too easily by the big babes and on grass players like venus and sharapova get much better penetration on their own shots. in saying that it's one of the best for her results wise. she has won the us open and been to the final of the french so she can't be counted out of any slam, but the difference with wimbledon is that although she's never been past the QFs here she has been to the QFs twice, she hasn't done that in any other slams despite winning one and reaching the final of the other. and with players like davenport and serena out, her chances only improve.

molik despite having been in the top 10 before injury/illness she has only reached the QF of a slam once and her next best at a slam is a 4th round but that's only happened once as well. both those results came at her home slam. grass should suit her game more but she's never been past the 3rd round here and she's still coming back from injury so her performance is a bit unpredictable, but if she gets going she could be very dangerous.

krajicek is young, hasn't really had a breakthrough but did just win a grass tourny. she has a great serve and great volleys which should serve her wll on the grass courts of wimbledon, with her lack of experience winning the whole thing is probably a long shot but it shouldn't be surprising if she gets to the 2nd week, however she has the world number one to contend with in the 2nd round if they both win their first matches, and the last 3 years mauresmo has done great at this tourn but i wouldn't count out krajicek in that match if it was to happen.

dementieva has never got past the 4th round here at wimby but she has been to the final of 2 other slams so she is still a contender, she hasn't done so well the last couple of slams so maybe she will pull out a good performance this year, she did well in the warm-up getting to the semis losing to the eventual winner of the tournament. her performance is a bit unpredictable.

hingis is a former winner here and has been to the QFs of the last 2 slams, she's had a pretty successful comeback and should with her draw get to the 2nd week. it's hard to tell how deep she can go, but getting to the 2nd week is certainly realistic for her.

myskina surprised many by really pushing henin in the final of the warm-up, that should give her a lot of confidence going into wimby, a darkhorse however her play over the last week makes her a very dangerous opponent for anyone in the draw.

sharapova lost in the semis of her warm-up tourn which was surprising, but i think she see's wimbledon as her tournament and her home on the tour, it'sd her first and only slam title but has never lost before the 4th round, one of the top favourites.

vaidisova should be on a wave of confidence after her RG performance, reached the semis and had kuznetsova on the ropes, she ended up losing however her game should be better suited to grass. that makes her a very dangerous prospect at wimby this year, lindsay and serena aren't here this year and they are both are very big part of wimbledon. with them missing it feels like something is missing from the tournament but vaidisova could potentially step into the limelight and make it feel a bit more like the wimbledon it should feel like.

groenefeld has a big game but is really inconsistent, if she's having a good day she'll be competitive with anyone on grass, the question is how often will she have a good day during the tournament. not a likely winner but has the game to go deep if she finds her range.

safina is another inconsistent performer that has a big game. she just reached her first QF of a slam at RG this year and also got to the final of her warm-up tournament. she should have some confidence going into the tournament. again, she has the game to go relatively deep but with her inconsistencies don't expect her to win the whole thing.