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bucklemyshoe
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:18 PM
Women's Top Seeds
1
Maria Sharapova
We're putting our Australian dollars here. Best fighter in the draw now that Justin Henin-Hardenne is sipping mai tais in Tahiti or shopping at Baby Gap. Sharapova usually plays well in Australia and can adjust her game to the court speed. For a glimpse of the future, check out her second rounder vs. Anastassia Rodionova.
2
Amelie Mauresmo
Defending champ is in the least formidable quadrant. She doesn't however, enter with much momentum.
3
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Athletic Russian seems destined to reside outside the spotlight. She sure can't complain about her draw, but we like Jelena Jankovic to prevail in her quarter.
4
Kim Clijsters
Belgian may be in final year of her career but she enters on a monstrous roll. And, historically, she has played well at the A.O., an event played on a surface ideally tailored to her game. Can she begin her final year with a second Slam?
5
Nadia Petrova
Medic! On paper, athletic Russian is a threat to win. But health -- as always -- is a concern. She retired from first match in Sydney on account of an abdominal strain.
6
Martina Hingis
A surprise quarterfinalist in '06 (and three-time winner), Hingis plays well in Melbourne, but looked iffy in tune-ups. (Maybe that gift registry is on her mind.)
7
Elena Dementieva
Simply too many talented opponents who can take advantage of her weaknesses. Overdue for a "statement Slam" but we'll wait till Paris for that.
8
Patty Schnyder
Swiss Miss-tery is a terminal underachiever in Slams, now on the downside of a mercurial (though entertaining ) career. Watch for Shuai Peng to take her out early.
9
Dinara Safina
No longer simply Marat's little sister, but still needs to establish herself at a Major. Not a bad bet to "upset" Hingis, but we don't like her chances against Clijsters in a likely quarterfinal.
10
Nicole Vaidisova
Czech teenager backslid a bit after reaching French Open semis, but her aggressive, if unimaginative, always puts her on a short list to win Majors. Plus her dismemberment of Ivanovic last week bodes well. Could get an early workout from steady Jill Craybas.
11
Jelena Jankovic
Serb has been playing lights-out tennis -- as Brad Gilbert would say -- in the tune-ups. Blessed with a beneficent draw, she has a good shot at her second straight Slam semifinal.
12
Anna Chakvetadze
Little-known Russian has been playing top-five tennis since the fall. Looked sharp in tune-ups to boot. A player to watch.
13
Ana Ivanovic
Ascending Serb is (over)due for a breakthrough. No reason it can't be here.
14
Francesca Schiavone
Skeevy Wonder is always fun to watch, but she lacks the big weapons to be a major threat. Might live up to her seeding but that's about it.
15
Daniela Hantuchova
May last a few rounds but she's not beating Clijsters in round four.
16
Shahar Peer
Future top-10er ought to at least live up to her seeding.

Seeds 17-32

Vera Zvonareva: Seems to be awakening from an extended slump.
Sam Stosur: With Molik still on the mend, hard-charging Stosur is best local hope.
Li Na: Highest-ranked Chinese woman is a player no one wants to face. Beat Dementieva last week.
Alona Bondarenko: Still inexperienced but a player to watch.
Eleni Daniilidou: Health/fitness is always an issue, but if nothing else, she'll have the Greek contingent on her side.

Dark Horse Nation

Alicia Molik: Scored nice win over Bondarenko in Hobart. Is the darling of the '05 event finally back?
Agnieszka Radwanska: Trivia: Last player to have beaten Venus Williams.
Victoria Azarenka: No less than Andre Agassi has gushed about her talent.
Sania Mirza: Tournament where she first made her name several years ago.

First-Round Matches To Watch

Ana Ivanovic v. Vania King: Best American teenager gets tough draw, starting out against 13th seed.
Emilie Loit v. Aravene Rezai: Two Frenchefemmes (and Mailbag faves) throw down early.
Martina Hingis v. Nathalie Dechy: The Chuckster starts out against a steady (if mentally gimpy) veteran.
Serena Williams v. Mara Santangelo: Big chance for Italienne to score an "upset."
Maria Kirilenko v. Karolina Sprem: A lot of unfulfilled talent on display here.

Predictions

SEMIFINALS: Sharapova defeats Clijsters, Jankovic defeats Mauresmo
FINAL: Sharapova defeats Jankovic
DOUBLES WINNER: Stosur-Lisa Raymond

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/01/12/aussie.women/index.html?section=si_latest

Tenis Srbija
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:21 PM
I agree :D :D :D
Everything about the FINAL result :p it will go the other way around :bounce:

LH2HBH
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Great Predictions, I love it! What a great final!

morningglory
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:24 PM
:lol: awwww... "The Chuckster" is such a good cute nickname :lol:

kinglear
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:25 PM
I think those kinds of predictions are pointless. It's kind of like when people predict a winner based on their ranking. It's whoever brings their game. I think JJ could beat any player in the WTA. If she's on form. Even when she's not on form, she plays hard to win.

Brooklyn90
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:25 PM
Clijsters will beat Sharapova
Mauresmo will beat Janko or Serena :p

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:26 PM
He thinks Santangelo will beat Serena :weirdo:

When was the last time a player outside the top 10 (Jankovic) has been picked by so many? :eek:

Joana
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:26 PM
13
Ana Ivanovic
Ascending Serb is (over)due for a breakthrough. No reason it can't be here.


I think this is the 5th time in a row he's written that. Thankfully Jankovic is no longer "a rising teenager" according to him.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:32 PM
Women's Top Seeds
1
Maria Sharapova
We're putting our Australian dollars here. Best fighter in the draw now that Justin Henin-Hardenne is sipping mai tais in Tahiti or shopping at Baby Gap. Sharapova usually plays well in Australia and can adjust her game to the court speed. For a glimpse of the future, check out her second rounder vs. Anastassia Rodionova.


is he confusing Rodionova with Pavlyuchenkova :o :lol:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:35 PM
For a glimpse of the future, check out her second rounder vs. Anastassia Rodionova.


Is he talking about Arina?
Wertheim is such a stupid tard, I don't even know what he's talking about.
He's a basketball writer. He doesn't go to Melbourne, he covers the NBA.

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:37 PM
is he confusing Rodionova with Pavlyuchenkova :o :lol:That's probably it. Wertheim is such a dope, it's hard to be sure what he's saying.
You just know he's totally confused.

golo
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:40 PM
jelena will win :))

TomTennis
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:43 PM
"...now that Justine is shopping at Baby Gap..."

LMFAO!!! :haha: :haha:

Fire_Fox
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:43 PM
My Predictions

SEMIFINALS: Schnyder loses to Clijsters, Petrova defeats Vaidisova
FINAL: Clijsters defeats Petrova

Chewie
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Wertheim is clueless.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:47 PM
check out his mens :lol:

SEMIFINALS: Federer defeats JoJo Johansson, Berdych defeats Blake
FINAL: Federer defeats Blake

didnt he say Blake was gonna lose in semis :tape:

hablo
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:58 PM
check out his mens :lol:

SEMIFINALS: Federer defeats JoJo Johansson, Berdych defeats Blake
FINAL: Federer defeats Blake

didnt he say Blake was gonna lose in semis :tape:

Unreal! :o:o:o

GQGuy1
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Is he ever right on any of his predictions. Final will be between either Kim and ughmo Jelena or Momo who ever Kim will win.

MH0861
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:11 PM
check out his mens :lol:

SEMIFINALS: Federer defeats JoJo Johansson, Berdych defeats Blake
FINAL: Federer defeats Blake

didnt he say Blake was gonna lose in semis :tape:

OMG. :lol:

lynnlovestennis
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:17 PM
I was just reading this and unless that's a really weird picture, they posted up a pic of Ivanovic for Petrova.

If that's Nadia, then I think I need my eyes checked.

jazar
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:19 PM
yep the final is right. but the semis will be:

sharapova vs clijsters
jankovic vs vaidisova

Mrs. Peel
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:20 PM
Another Werthless shot in the dark! :rolleyes:

lynnlovestennis
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:22 PM
Okay, I'm not blind...

They put up a picture (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/01/12/aussie.men/index.html?eref=writers) of Nalbandian for Berdych.

Which begs the question: Do these idiots even know where the tournament is being held?

©@®eLess
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:23 PM
As much as people put Jelena in GS final....i just dont think its gonna happen. She's my no.1 player and i would be heeps happy if that really happens. I want her to get to QF...become a top 8 player and constantly get QF or higher at GS...so she can win it one day!

Please Jelena reach Quarters!

Slumpsova
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:32 PM
check out his mens :lol:

SEMIFINALS: Federer defeats JoJo Johansson, Berdych defeats Blake
FINAL: Federer defeats Blake

didnt he say Blake was gonna lose in semis :tape:
who the fuck is Jojo Johansson? :tape:

tennismaster8820
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:34 PM
I was just reading this and unless that's a really weird picture, they posted up a pic of Ivanovic for Petrova.

If that's Nadia, then I think I need my eyes checked.

:haha:
I'm not surprised at all!

Sha_ra_po_va
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:38 PM
For once, I hope he's right!!

I<3Myskina
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:45 PM
Wow, the guy really does know nothing.

Jankovic = out my QF's.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:14 PM
check out his mens :lol:

SEMIFINALS: Federer defeats JoJo Johansson, Berdych defeats Blake
FINAL: Federer defeats Blake

didnt he say Blake was gonna lose in semis :tape:

If he remembered that Blake has to win the semis, before he gets to the final, I kinda agree. Blake has been hot, and since the USO, went 18-5 (2 titles 2 finals [one to be played today]) so I think he can get to the final...hopefully Roddick can take Fed out in the semis and Blake can get his first slam :bounce: :cool:

adam_ads_n
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:54 PM
Wertheim is hilarious. Does he ever watch tennis, or only Maria commercials? :weirdo:

adam_ads_n
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Okay, I'm not blind...

They put up a picture (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/01/12/aussie.men/index.html?eref=writers) of Nalbandian for Berdych.

Which begs the question: Do these idiots even know where the tournament is being held?
I think they don't know that ;), and they also created new player Tommy Rebredo :lol:

LudwigDvorak
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:08 PM
I like Wertheim. And weird, Bodo (or Steggy, if you want to be anal) was praising Jon like mad in a post earlier about how he's a great tennis writer. I find him an interesting read. However, his predictions are a mix of safe and very unsafe (like with Blake in the Wimbledon semifinals), so when he's off, he looks stupid. It's always nice to take a gamble.

anlavalle
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:18 PM
Wertheim is clueless.

he never got one right :tape:

Corswandt
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:43 PM
The seed reports (not the predictions) aren't too bad actually, compared to some of Wertheim's previous ones.

Wertheim isn't biased and spiteful like say Bodo, but it's plainly obvious he doesn't know much about women's tennis. His descriptions of the lower ranked women's seeds on previous reports were so inaccurate that I wondered if Wertheim had ever seen them play.

miffedmax
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Wertheim record as a predictor is pretty dismal. Good news for the Lena Legion.

GrafMariaPetraK
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:23 PM
maria to win PLEASE LOL

Marcus1979
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:23 PM
so Maria is given the kiss Of Death this year :kiss:

flyingmachine
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:37 PM
I think is more likely to be
Kim vs Maria final.

hablo
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:21 AM
I think is more likely to be
Kim vs Maria final.

:scratch:

MrSerenaWilliams
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:29 AM
I think is more likely to be
Kim vs Maria final.
I guess someone hasn't seen the draw :lol:

Derek.
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:32 AM
I think is more likely to be
Kim vs Maria final.


Semi. ;)

Viktymise
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:34 AM
This man seriously needs to stop writing predictions on tennis, has he ever been right :o

ezekiel
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:45 AM
This man seriously needs to stop writing predictions on tennis, has he ever been right :o

I don't think predictions are meant to be accurate but more fun :rolleyes: but it's a question whether his preds are fun

Kart
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:49 AM
It's not that unreasonable a suggestion - Jankovic seems pretty insatiable for glory at the moment.

I'd far rather see and Amelie - Kim final as Kim probably won't play here next year.

It's a shame he didn't say more about Serena - she's really someone you can never count out.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:51 AM
Well...the fact that they are presenting him as "tennis expert" doesn't mean that his preds are more or less accurate then mines :rolleyes: But I think his semis are quite realistic ;) But everything can happen. Hingis is always there, Serena is freath to everyone, Petrova as well...

SelesFan70
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:18 AM
That's the kiss of death (for Jankovic). ;)