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spiceboy
Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:43 AM
Wimbledon: Women's seed report

Justine Henin had best beware of Serena Williams


Seeds 1-16

1. Justine Henin: The lone Slam she's never won looks utterly attainable. She dominated in Paris and her comprehensive skills should serve her well on grass. Still, we have a hunch the "Dream Quarter" (Henin vs. Serena) will go much differently than it did in Paris.

2. Maria Sharapova: The 2003 winner has the weapons to win here again. But the state of both her shoulder and psyche are unanswered questions -- and don't look now, but she's gone an awful long time without winning a title. If nothing else, she sure can't complain about her draw.

3. Jelena Jankovic: If only she would play more tune-up events. Jankovic is in the throes of a terrific season and has made a smooth transition to grass, beating Sharapova in Birmingham. Jankovic's erratic serve is troublesome, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see her inevitable breakthrough Slam come here. At the very least, look for her in the semis.

4. Amelie Mauresmo: The defending champ has been unremarkable in 2007 and slow in recovering from her appendix removal. Wish she came in with more momentum, but she has the game and the draw to make a deep run.

5. Svetlana Kuznetsova: The enigmatic Russian has the fundamental game to win every Slam she enters, but she has an unfortunate knack for finding ways to lose.

6. Ana Ivanovic: Like Jankovic -- they're as easy to yoke together -- the Serb has been having a fine year. On the heels of reaching the Roland Garros final, her confidence ought to be abundant. Her serve is potentially vulnerable, but she ought to at least live up to her seeding.

7. Serena Williams: Her likely quarterfinal match against Henin is the de facto final.

8. Anna Chakvetadze: It will be interesting to see if her game translates to grass. Look for her in the round of 16, but no later.

9. Martina Hingis: Sadly, the (yikes) the 1997 champ has looked over-the-hill of late -- injured, a step slow and frustrated. She's never minded the grass and her movement is rewarded, but can she still hang with the heavy hitters?

10. Daniela Hantuchova: She has done well at Wimbledon in the past and is quietly playing top-10 ball again. Her first round match will interesting, but if she gets by that, she could make a serious run.

11. Nadia Petrova: Both her body and spirits have seen better days and she comes in with very little momentum. That said, she's an athletic, fairly versatile player who is due for a quality result.

12. Elena Dementieva: Sadly, she's simply no longer an elite player, especially on a surface that punishes a weak service game. An opening round defeat to Dechy would not be a surprise.

13. Dinara Safina: She's not quite as bad as her brother, but can generally rely upon her to reach Week 2 and then lose to a higher-seeded player.

14. Nicole Vaidisova: We're still waiting for the Czech this year. Those endorsements bonuses don't kick in unless you win.

15. Patty Schnyder: The enigmatic Swiss is quietly playing some of the best tennis of her erratic career. She's never done particularly well at Wimbledon and -- particularly given her temperament -- it remains to be seen if she has overcome her Paris meltdown.

16. Shahar Peer: The athletic Israeli is a player to watch, but she still needs to show that she has the fortitude to take down a higher-ranked foe in a big match.

Notables in 17-32

20. Sybille Bammer: Moms is in the midst of an awfully nice year. She reached the third round here last year as well.

23. Venus Williams: It's odd to see her seeded so low, but she is a three-time champ. Enough said.

24. Alona Bondarenko: A future top-10 player.

25. Lucie Safarova: The big match player tends to raise her game the first week of Slams.

27. Samantha Stosur: The Aussie's attacking game and athleticism should be rewarded on grass.

31. Michaella Krajicek: On family history alone.


Dark Horse Nation

Meghann Shaughnessy: The American sprained her ankle last week, but has been playing some of the better tennis of her career lately.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: The Junior star will step up to the big-time.

Alicia Molik: The snakebitten Aussie has been faltering a bit lately, but her game is ideal for grass.

Kateryna Bondarenko: A future top-10 player.

Agnes Szavay: Though she had to qualify, Hungarian has been on a roll of late.

First round matches to watch

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Daniela Hantuchova: The highly-regarded teen starts off against a vet. (We pity the guys who prepare the signboards with the players' names.)

Vania King vs. Nadia Petrova: Potentially tough test for the Russian.

Anna Smashnova vs. Martina Muller: Likely the final match of Smashnova's career.

Nathalie Dechy vs. Elena Dementieva: A guaranteed three-setter.

Dinara Safina vs. Kateryna Bondarenko: Two players with top-10 talent.


Blue Plate First Round Upset Special

Pavlyuchenkova to beat Hantuchova

Doubles winner

Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur

Semis

Serena Williams vs. Jankovic
Mauresmo vs. Sharapova

Final

Williams vs. Sharapova

Winner

Williams

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/06/22/wimbledon.seed.report.women/index.html

ZAK
Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:46 AM
Whats with the crazy Bondarenko love? Both top ten players?

Si_Hi
Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:50 AM
didn't maria win wimbledon in 2004??

heytennis
Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:53 AM
1) He is wrong about Sharapova's draw, it's quite hard.

2) Dani's first round is nowhere near as hard as Dementieva's.

I think he's right about the semifinalists though.

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:55 AM
Whats with the crazy Bondarenko love? Both top ten players?

its strange :confused: and ana pav beating dani??? great junior yes but she hasnt shown anything in the big leagues and hantuchova playing pretty well

i think his summary of the seeds is pretty accurate apart from the bondarenko bumming thats going on

alwayshingis
Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:00 AM
I think the classification for Kateryna (much as I would like to believe it) is a typo. It's the exact same wording as under Alona...which leads me to believe it's an error.

LeonHart
Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:45 AM
Bondarenkos are good, but I dont think they can be top 10's unless they vastly improve...

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:55 AM
I don't see why Vee and Ree can't win dubs :shrug:

Harvs
Jun 23rd, 2007, 02:00 AM
agree with dementieva... she will never make the semis of a slam again i dont think:(

vw.
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:21 AM
I don't see why Vee and Ree can't win dubs :shrug:

He probably doesn't even know they entered. :lol::rolleyes:

Orion
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:29 AM
I don't see why Vee and Ree can't win dubs :shrug:

They haven't played dubs together consistently in several years, so I don't think he's that off base. I do think they'll go deep, but I also have doubts that they'll stay in the draw if one or both of them makes a deep run in singles.

Serena!
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:31 AM
wow only like 3 words about Serena? I agree with the predictions tho, minus amelie. she could make the semis except shes just been too vulnerable

SerenaWFan
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:32 AM
Wow, what's this I agree with Mr. Wertheim's predictions like for the first time ever. I have the same semi-finalists has him, except I have Mauresmo in the final instead of Sharapova.

tennismaster8820
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:34 AM
Wertheim is always so funny, such a comedian! :lol:
This year he finds out Bondarenko sisters!

anlavalle
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:39 AM
didn't maria win wimbledon in 2004??

and he is supose to be a journalist :lol: and i thought that in my country was the only place where journalist could says things like this :haha:

clonesheep
Jun 23rd, 2007, 04:22 AM
Jon Worthless strikes again with his worthless prediction. I do agree that Serena is the favorite. Other than that, to call both Bondarenkos top 10 material is way off base.

He also seriously underestimated Chakvetadze.

The real dark horse is not Pavlyuchenkova, but Tamira Paszek. We will see.

tenn_ace
Jun 23rd, 2007, 04:38 AM
Nastya beating Hantuchova????? He really is crazy.

piercerocks
Jun 23rd, 2007, 06:09 AM
i agree with some of the predictions but his upset predictions are terrible.

Hashim.
Jun 23rd, 2007, 07:36 AM
Bondarenko love:shrug:

Kunal
Jun 23rd, 2007, 07:56 AM
renaaaaaaaaa

yicheng23
Jun 23rd, 2007, 08:11 AM
Honestly among all the top seeds, Maria has a fairly easy draw. Well he did predict Serena to win RG too, I guess we have to wait and see. The QF between Justine and Serena would be cracking!

blamoh
Jun 23rd, 2007, 08:58 AM
Why should anyone bother to listen to this man's so-called prediction. Anybody can
say right now who is going to win wimbledon. It is like picking lottery numbers and
if you are lucky, two or four will come, and that is a win of course.
It is an another way of giving an old man job who is not even a tennis player. He's
being doing this since I came to know him and he is wrong 99%