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AKfanatic
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:21 PM
With Justine out, Mauresmo was upset by Jankovic(Not a bad bet to make the semis or more), Venus out, Serena not on her game, and Sharapova just lost losing to Clijsters, Kim should be the favorite going into the Aussie.

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:23 PM
The betting has Sharapova as the favorite.

SilK
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:28 PM
to me Jankovic is the favorite. she's fit, she's mentally on point and she's eager.

sonnys
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:29 PM
Jelena is gonna win:drool: :bounce:

Kipling
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:29 PM
and Sharapova just lost losing to Clijsters

An exhibition?

LOL.

Last time they played for real it was pretty one-sided the other way. And prior to that, Maria also beat her in a tight two set match in San Diego.

Clijsters is *a* favorite. One of a few. If Jankovic isn't worn out, she'll be confident as hell. Petrova has the physical game to do it. Kuznetzova only if she shakes the bronchitis 100%, which doesn't sound like it will happen. And Maria.

After that, I'd say Hingis, Mauresmo and Dementieva--but the draw would have to open up for any of them IMO.

And beyond that, no chance.

Realistically, after all is said and done, I'd expect a tight, well-played Sharapova-Clijsters final.

s_j
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Sharapova favourite, followed by Clijsters and Jankovic (in that order)

<Sven>
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:31 PM
I agree untill now the favourites are:
1. Kim Clijsters
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Jelana Jankovic (beating Momo and Hingis is very good, but not enough to be considered a bigger contender than Kim and Maria... however as I said in another thread, if Jelena should beat Kim in Sidney, she'll be the favourite imo)

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:33 PM
Jankovic is not the favorite. She won a Tier IV, and a few rounds at a Tier II.
In NZ, if Jankovic had to play a full SF, and Vera Z had a w/o, no one would be picking Jankovic.

Adal
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:38 PM
Jankovic is not the favorite. She won a Tier IV, and a few rounds at a Tier II.

Well she is. I wouldn't even remind you that she was in the US Open SF. It's doesn't really matter what tier she previously won, what really matters is that she's in a great form now and has beaten Mauresmo recently and those, who've seen the match told it was amazing perfomance by her.

sonnys
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:39 PM
You just might be surprized goldenlox:devil:

SilK
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Jankovic is not the favorite. She won a Tier IV, and a few rounds at a Tier II.
In NZ, if Jankovic had to play a full SF, and Vera Z had a w/o, no one would be picking Jankovic.

Jelena is extremely fit and mentally there right now... she might not win it, but who knows. I think she can beat everybody besides Kim & Maria. But there are players out there who can beat those two before Jelena gets to them in the draw. :devil:

Plus, one can dream! :angel:

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:43 PM
Everyone seems to overrate their favs.
Hingis is going to win.. Serena's going to win...
It's a lot easier to win a Tier IV than a major.
You won't be seeing a tired Vera Z on the other side of the net.

xin_hui
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Jelena is extremely fit and mentally there right now... she might not win it, but who knows. I think she can beat everybody besides Kim & Maria. But there are players out there who can beat those two before Jelena gets to them in the draw. :devil:

Plus, one can dream! :angel:

works both ways doesnt it? ;) just like how jelena can also be beaten before she gets anywhere near kim or sharapova in the draw ;)

SilK
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:49 PM
works both ways doesnt it? ;) just like how jelena can also be beaten before she gets anywhere near kim or sharapova in the draw ;)

Absolutely, very true. I just think Jelena's got a moment going on.
Then again, she could crash out in the second or third round.

Just to make one thing clear. I don't have favs. :p

And if you ask me, Kim NEEDS to win, just so that she can go out in style. ;)

tennisboi
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:51 PM
I agree with this thread IMO if Kim stays injury free it's her GS to lose

Wannabeknowitall
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:55 PM
An exhibition?

Clijsters is *a* favorite. One of a few. If Jankovic isn't worn out, she'll be confident as hell. Petrova has the physical game to do it. Kuznetzova only if she shakes the bronchitis 100%, which doesn't sound like it will happen. And Maria.

After that, I'd say Hingis, Mauresmo and Dementieva--but the draw would have to open up for any of them IMO.

And beyond that, no chance.



Of course, noone outside of those 8 have a chance. :rolleyes:
You know Anna Chakvetadze has won 13 of her last 14 matches.
Nicole is stepping up her game at Syndey.

wateva
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:09 PM
pls dun jinx... :rolleyes:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:14 PM
Yeah...Don't jinx her :ras:

*I hope that she can do it...cheering for JJ on the other hadn :p

A_Skywalker
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:21 PM
I dont think she is ready to win , I'll probably try to bet on Nicole , her odds are unbeliavable , but of course i will be unbeliavable if she win ...

Mark for Martina
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:27 PM
I have a feeling somebody will do a JCap 2001 on us this year... have a tough QF with an old rival then beat 2 favorites in the SF and the Final for the title.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:30 PM
I dont think she is ready to win , I'll probably try to bet on Nicole , her odds are unbeliavable , but of course i will be unbeliavable if she win ...

Not ready???

But she played some amazing tennis in Hong Kong, and now in Sydney :shrug:
She is ready...more than anyone else (exepct maybe JJ :p )

Lunatiq
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:30 PM
With Justine out, Mauresmo was upset by Jankovic(Not a bad bet to make the semis or more), Venus out, Serena not on her game, and Sharapova just lost losing to Clijsters, Kim should be the favorite going into the Aussie.

Never!!

Viktymise
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:10 PM
Its not going to be a top 5 player who wins Aus this yr. I think Sharapova, Mauresmo or Clijsters may be in the final but they wont win it. Vaidisova, Jankovic or LenaD are my 3 are going for and before people say lenaD as no chance just look at her past, when she's had her worse losses she comes back with her best tournies ;)

Mileen
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Last time they played for real it was pretty one-sided the other way. And prior to that, Maria also beat her in a tight two set match in San Diego.



And prior to that, Kim beat Sharapova 4 times in a row. ;) Non-official H2H Clijsters-Sharapova: 5-2 (Official one: 4-2).

But I am afraid Kim will be tired and not that hungry to play at the end of the second week of the AO. She will have played 4 weeks in a row by then. But I hope she will be able to win indeed her Aussi Open, as a kind of second or belated chance to win what she should have won in 2004 already - were it not for the unforgivable mistake of the umpire.

Mina Vagante
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:15 PM
i think sharapova is the favourite, serena is in my mind though lol :lol:

Ferosh
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:19 PM
I think Clijsters is definitely the favorite going into the Australian Open.
1. Kim Clijsters
2. Jelena Jankovic & Maria Sharapova
3. Amelie Mauresmo
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova & Nadia Petrova
6. Nicole Vaidisova

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:50 PM
Jinx jinx jinx :tape:

And yes, she is definitely the #1 player to win it which of course doesn't mean she'll win it. After Kim I would place Sharapova, just because she is always dangerous and simply because she is Maria Sharapova :p No really, though it was only an exhibition, Maria didn't show her best and Kim was really a better player, of course it doesn't mean that if they actually met at AO, Kim would win but I think that the win from last week could give her an advantage. The third place goes to Jelena, because of her form and the way she's playing this week :yeah:

V-MAC
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Kim winning would be pleasant but boring. :devil:

morningglory
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I won't mind her winning it (seeing she's going away and get married and all) but I hope Masha gives her a run for her money in the final!

:inlove:
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:28 PM
Stop with this Jelena crap! :p :lol:

I picked Kim last year to win it this year (if that makes sense), and I'm sticking with her. Sharapova also a major contender.

I know I'll get stick, but you just cannot rule Serena out. :angel:

-sugi-
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:29 PM
Kim winning would be awesome :hearts:

It would be very nice for her to win too, but personally for me, I would not make a prediction untill I see the draw :angel: But she is definetely a favourite :)

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:49 PM
Kim is the 3rd favorite -

Women's Australian Open Betting Odds: 9/4 M Sharapova, 7/2 A Mauresmo, 5//1 K Clijsters, 14/1 N Petrova, 14/1 J Jankovic, 16/1 Serena Williams, 16/1 N Vaidisova, 16/1 M Hingis, 20/1 S Kuznetsova, 50/1 E Dementieva, 50/1 D Safina, 50/1 A Ivanovic, 66/1 S Peer, 66/1 P Schnyder, 66/1 A Chakvetadze

Men's Australian Open Betting Odds: 2/5 R Federer, 6/1 R Nadal, 10/1 A Roddick, 16/1 M Safin, 25/1 N Davydenko, 25/1 J Blake, 33/1 T Berdych, 33/1 R Gasquet, 33/1 L Hewitt, 33/1 I Ljubicic, 33/1 D Nalbandian, 40/1 N Djokovic, 40/1 M Baghdatis, 40/1 A Murray

Meteor Shower
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:56 PM
I was picking Jelena reaching the AO final last year in the 'surprising thing will happen this year', and I'm delaying that pick to this AO hoping I won't jinx her this time ;)
C'mon Jelena! :D

partbrit
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:56 PM
I think Kim's chances are huge. However, last year, I wrote about how shaky Amelie looked going into the AO and during the first couple of rounds, and she turned right around and won the whole thing. Anything can happen.

ayusania
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:01 PM
maybe kim can but i think itll be maria

~Kiera~
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:18 PM
http://www.casinotimes.co.uk/casino-news/2007-01/william-hill-tennis-100107.htm

Jankovic All The Rage For Australian Open Victory

William Hill have slashed the price of Jelena Jankovic winning the Australian open from 25/1 to 14/1 as punters pile on the Serbian to win the first Grand Slam of the year.

Former Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova is the 9/4 favourite.

"You cannot fault punters logic, Jelena must been a real contender in Sydney as she is unbeaten in 2007, thrashed Mauresmo and now Venus Williams has pulled out," said William Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.

Roger Federer is the 2/5 favourite to win the Men's title with Nadal offered at 6/1 and Andy Roddick a 10/1 shot. British number one Andy Murray is a 40/1 outsider for the crown.

Women's Australian Open Betting Odds: 9/4 M Sharapova, 7/2 A Mauresmo, 5//1 K Clijsters, 14/1 N Petrova, 14/1 J Jankovic, 16/1 Serena Williams, 16/1 N Vaidisova, 16/1 M Hingis, 20/1 S Kuznetsova, 50/1 E Dementieva, 50/1 D Safina, 50/1 A Ivanovic, 66/1 S Peer, 66/1 P Schnyder, 66/1 A Chakvetadze

gmak
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:23 PM
Kim
Maria

Jelena
Amelie

Nadia/Nicole
LenaD/Sveta

Martina

The Daviator
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:30 PM
I actually think she's going to win it now...

Warrior
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:46 PM
With so many favorites pulling out and struggling, Kim's chances are looking up. I really hope she takes them. This is her best chance to win a slam and avoid a permanate label of 'one slam wonder'.

golo
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:48 PM
kim or jelena, for sure. i hope they are in opposite sections of draw so they can meet in final :)

hablo
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Clijsters is planning to end her career with a bang! I can feel it - plus she can trouble Sharpie like crazy! :drool::devil:
If Momo goes out early, I'm cheering for Kimmie all the way! :bounce:

_Cell-chuk
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:13 PM
I think only an in-form Maria can stop Clijsters. Clijsters is definetely the favourite.
She has no pressure on the court because her main rivals are either out(Justine, Venus, Davenport) or out of form (Mauresmo, Serena).
She has no pressure due to her personal life because she has said it would be her last year on tour (which we'll wait and see if it's true and I highly doubt it).
She has no pressure coming from the Aussie crowd since she has backed up Hewitt about his injuries out of nowhere (why she hasn't said anything before about him until this very moment, I have no idea).

So there is your AO champ: Clijsters

fifiricci
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:19 PM
And prior to that, Kim beat Sharapova 4 times in a row. Non-official H2H Clijsters-Sharapova: 5-2 (Official one: 4-2).

But I am afraid Kim will be tired and not that hungry to play at the end of the second week of the AO. She will have played 4 weeks in a row by then. But I hope she will be able to win indeed her Aussi Open, as a kind of second or belated chance to win what she should have won in 2004 already - were it not for the unforgivable mistake of the umpire.

My worry about Kim's H2H against Maria and Amelie last year was that she became owned by them, when previously she had been doing all the owning (eg I believe the two Maria wins against Kim were in 2006).

In Kim's defence (just so that any uppity Kim fans don't blackball me even more ;) ) she hardly performed at her best in 2006 and I HOPE that this was because she was not fit enough to get any consistency and a head of steam going with her tennis. If she can start to get that head of steam, I think Kim will be bloody hard to beat and a challenge again for Maria and Amelie. I'm basing that claim on Kim's performance in 2005, when she hit the ground running after a come back from prolonged injury and never looked back.

But there are still a lot of question marks for me in Kim's game and she will have to produce her consistent best for the next three weeks if she's going to win. That is something she was not able to do at all in 2006 and that's her challenge now.

Vlover
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:20 PM
The opportunity certainly presents it self for Kim this year than former year. If Serena is unable to win then Kim is my next favorable choice. I hope she doesn't get too tired from playing so much tennis before the AO.

LoveFifteen
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:24 PM
If Clijsters is truly hungry for victory, she's the favorite. If she's just going to the AO to hang out with friends and bore us to death with stories of her MRIs, then Sharapova is the favorite. I'd be really surprised if Mauresmo defended. As much as I'd love to see Martina win, I think she's behind those three plus Jankovic.

Wayn77
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:01 PM
I have liked the look of Clijsters ever since her YEC return in November. She has that efficient buzz and mobility about her game that was lacking from some of last year. Had Justine been with us next week I would still place Clijsters clear favourite. Maria Sharapova is obviously a major threat for the title and defending champ Mauresmo will be the other major contender.