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daniel122292
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:14 PM
These predictions are pretty stupid.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=ubha_ravi&id=3523592

Gold medal: Safina
Silver medal: Dementieva
Bronze medal: Radwanska

gaviotabr
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:19 PM
This is the same guy who predicted Dementieva to win the Rogers Cup...

kaktusino
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:25 PM
These predictions are pretty realistics.

Temperenka
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:27 PM
haha. this is a joke.

starin
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:29 PM
is this a joke?

Safina, Dementieva, Radwanska??

u gotta be kidding me w/ that. not a single slam champion or no.1 or even former no.1 or anyone in the top 4 will win a medal or even make a SF?

This is the women's Olympics event not the mens. What is this guy smoking?

LudwigDvorak
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:39 PM
he looks cute at least in his profile. :lol:

It's not a bad semifinal lineup to pick. There are going to be lots of surprises and upsets, so why not have Azarenka make it through, or Radwanska? Dementieva and Safina wouldn't be surprising at all, IMO. The Serbians and Americans aren't exactly unbeatable...but then again, no one is, so I don't know why the (relatively short, I know) response to this thread is in such a state of shock. :lol:

doni1212
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:44 PM
:lol:
That's funny!

starin
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:44 PM
he looks cute at least in his profile. :lol:

It's not a bad semifinal lineup to pick. There are going to be lots of surprises and upsets, so why not have Azarenka make it through, or Radwanska? Dementieva and Safina wouldn't be surprising at all, IMO. The Serbians and Americans aren't exactly unbeatable...but then again, no one is, so I don't know why the (relatively short, I know) response to this thread is in such a state of shock. :lol:

that all top 4 seed would be upset b4 the SF?
that all 4 SF would not have a slam, would not have been no. 1 ?

has the WTA sunk so low that this sort of thing is not only normal but expected?? :help::tape:

when's the last time a slam or Olympics had a SF line up that poor??
has that ever happened?

at least at Wimbledon 2 of the 4 SF were Venus and Serena the two most accomplished active players on tour and who have both been no.1, collectively won 14 singles slams, and won 6 Wimbledon titles.

LudwigDvorak
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:48 PM
It's just like the situation with Jankovic being at #1. There are only five active multiple slam champions, and two are irrelevant at this point (though I hate saying that). One isn't here. And all the #1s right now (Vee, Serena, Maria, Amelie, Lindsay, Ana, Jelena), one isn't here, two are irrelevant, and two are considered the weakest #1s ever.

Soooooooo.

Anyway, Safina, Radwanska, and Azarenka are names for the future. Dementieva is easily one of the best veterans on tour and has made silver and been to slam finals before. It isn't a poor lineup at all, but when you expect the "stars" to make the final four at every big event, and they generally fail to do so, if they even show up...

I just hate that when it's a new face, or even an unsung one, that show up in the final stages of big events, it's considered some joke. Extremely irritating. They deserve to get there, if they do. Serena has to go through six people just as much as Radwanska or Safina would.

Dinayer
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:49 PM
:yeah:

Warrior
Aug 7th, 2008, 08:54 PM
It's a possiblity. I'll give credit to this guy for not sticking to usual safe preditions that we're used to seeing.

dawid
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:00 PM
If WS want to win US Open they shouldn't play in a final here. One week to rest isn't enough. Don't forget about time difference etc.

tae04
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:09 PM
At least one of the Serbs or William sisters will be in a medal round. Adding one for a medal would be more realistic. There have been plenty of upsets at the Olympics, but usually on the Mens side.

starin
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:12 PM
It's just like the situation with Jankovic being at #1. There are only five active multiple slam champions, and two are irrelevant at this point (though I hate saying that). One isn't here. And all the #1s right now (Vee, Serena, Maria, Amelie, Lindsay, Ana, Jelena), one isn't here, two are irrelevant, and two are considered the weakest #1s ever.

Soooooooo.

Anyway, Safina, Radwanska, and Azarenka are names for the future. Dementieva is easily one of the best veterans on tour and has made silver and been to slam finals before. It isn't a poor lineup at all, but when you expect the "stars" to make the final four at every big event, and they generally fail to do so, if they even show up...

I just hate that when it's a new face, or even an unsung one, that show up in the final stages of big events, it's considered some joke. Extremely irritating. They deserve to get there, if they do. Serena has to go through six people just as much as Radwanska or Safina would.

1 or 2 or even maybe 3 surprise faces is nice every once and awhile. Anyways this is just a prediction. I'm just pointing how ridiculous a prediction it is. He's basically predicting that something that I'm willing to guess has never happened in the open era is going to happen, and something that's only ever happened once in the open era will happen for the 2nd time in 2 months. Let's be realistics. All 4 of the predicted SF have a shot, but the prob of all 4 of them making it is small. And it's ridiculous that we are now predicting that no one in the top 4 would make a SF and that's just normal.

V's a star
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Wtf????????????????????????????????????????????

darkchild
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Lindsay is not irrelavant. She could still beat anyone on a given day.

QUEENLINDSAY
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:31 PM
Gold- Lindsay
Silver- Serena
Bronze- Venus

All I know is that all these ladies will be in semis.

Mina Vagante
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Oh he does make me chuckle :rolls:

jo„o.
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:39 PM
I wouldn't be surprised AT ALL to see that happening!

enchantrezz
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:44 PM
want some more predictions? here's Nick Bollettieri (http://nickstennispicks.com/nick-bolletieri/)'s:

"We canít talk about the women without mentioning the hottest player on tour right now, Dinara Safina. After winning back-to-back tournaments in LA and Montreal, she will open up against Mara Santangelo of Italy. Assuming she gets by that match she may have to face Lindsay Davenport. Now that could be a good one. Davenport is 2-1 against Safina, but they met earlier this year in Miami and Safina won that match pretty handily.
Overall, I think the draw is pretty fair on both halves. Ivanovic, Serena, and Radwanska headline the top half while Jankovic, Kuznetsova, Venus, and Safina make up a very strong bottom half."

papru
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:51 PM
I wouldnt mind ;)

enchantrezz
Aug 7th, 2008, 10:08 PM
how about this one:


First Look at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Draw (http://www.onthebaseline.com/2008/08/07/first-look-at-the-2008-beijing-olympics-draw/)

Posted by Aaress Lawless (http://www.onthebaseline.com/author/aaress/) on Aug 7, 2008
The Beijing Olympic tennis competition will feature a stellar field of the best players in the world led by 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic.
Two former gold medalists are in the singles draw, Americans Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams. Throw into the mix nine-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and you have a formidable Team USA competing for glory in Beijing. However, the United Statesí toughest competition will likely come from Serbia, a small country hoping for a monumental victory at the hands of Ivanovic or Jelena Jankovic.
Professional tennis has been dominated by the Russians for the past four years, so it would be wise to keep an eye out for Russiaís quartet of Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, and Vera Zvonareva.
The host nation of China has been preparing for this competition since the Games were awarded to their homeland seven years ago. Jie Zhengís semifinal finish at Wimbledon breathed new life into the struggling Chinese tennis program, which is eagerly awaiting another impressive performance by its home crowd favorite.
Notable athletes missing in the draw include three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon winner Amelie Mauresmo, and world No. 10 Anna Chakvetadze.
First Look at the Top Eight Olympic Seeds

(1) Ana Ivanovic (First Round: Mariya Koryttseva)
She will no longer be the best tennis player in the world when the competition commences on August 10, but Ana Ivanovic received the benefit of being the top seed as a consolation ranking prize. This spared her from the tougher second half of the draw, which includes Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Dinara Safina. Ivanovicís first challenge at the Games will likely be in the quarterfinals against eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
Prediction: Semifinals
(2) Jelena Jankovic (First Round: Cara Black)
Monday signals a memorable day in the life of Jelena Jankovic. Not only will her first Olympic competition begin, but she will also assume the No. 1 ranking. Much has been made of Jankovicís lack of No. 1 credentials, so a victory in Beijing would help silence her critics. It will not be easy for the new world number one, especially if she sets up a quarterfinal meeting with US Open Series winner Dinara Safina. If Jankovic ousts Safina, she might be awarded a semifinal match against Kuznetsova or Venus Williams.
Prediction: Quarterfinals
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (First Round: Na Li)
Svetlana Kuznetsova has not managed to win anything noteworthy for four years, so she is theoretically due for a big win. Will it come in Beijing? The competition is played on hard courts and is very similar to the surface at the US Open, which Kuznetsova won in 2004. She has a tricky draw, and will be vulnerable for a first round upset by Chinese hopeful Na Li.
Prediction: First Round
(4) Serena Williams (First Round: Olga Govortsova)
The only thing missing from Serena Williamsí trophy collection is an Olympic singles gold medal. She won the doubles competition with Venus in 2000 at the Atlanta Games, but missed Athens because of a knee injury. Ironically, four years later, a knee injury is threatening her Olympic performance yet again. Serenaís biggest competition is likely to come from her sister Venus, who she could only face in the championship round.
Prediction: Silver Medal
(5) Elena Dementieva (First Round: Kateryna Bondarenko)
A silver medalist at the Sydney Games, Elena Dementieva still dreams of taking her career one step further. While a Grand Slam victory has also remained out of her grasp, a gold medal at the Olympics might be a fraction easier. She is in the weaker top half of the draw, safely away from her countrywomen Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina. Elena could face Daniela Hantuchova in the third round, but the Slovakian star has spent much of 2008 on the injured list because of a stress fracture in her right foot.
Prediction: Quarterfinals
(6) Dinara Safina (First Round: Mara Santangelo)
Dinara Safina has been the hottest player on the Tour this summer and recently captured back-to-back hard court wins in the United States before heading to Beijing. A potential second round meeting with Atlanta gold medalist Lindsay Davenport looms, but given Safinaís form, she would be favored to end Davenportís comeback dream once and for all.
Prediction: Bronze Medal
(7) Venus Williams (First Round: Timea Bacsinszky)
The last time Venus was spotted on a professional tennis court, she was jubilantly hoisting the Wimbledon trophy. Rest was at the top of Venusí priority list after winning her fourth Championships title, so it will be interesting to see what her form and fitness looks like after taking an extended summer vacation. Venus will have a chance to burn off any lingering rust during the opening rounds before setting up a potential quarterfinal against Kuznetsova. If she plays anything like the way she did at Wimbledon, Venus will be unstoppable en-route to her second Olympic singles gold medal.
Prediction: Gold Medal
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (First Round: Yung-Jan Chan)
Radwanska has been playing the best tennis of her career this season and will be a dangerous floater in the draw. Because of Maria Sharapovaís withdrawal, Radwanska is entrenched in Ana Ivanovicís quarter and has been awarded the eight seeded position. The Polish teenager pushed Ivanovic to three sets at the Australian Open in January and has a solid enough game to upset the top seed in the quarterfinals.
Prediction: Quarterfinals

enchantrezz
Aug 7th, 2008, 10:12 PM
My own prediction ;)
There will be lots of upsets in the early rounds and I wont be surprised if Asian players will dominate.After all this is their turf and they are at home with the weather conditions, no need for adjustments, unlike the top players who has to overcome the heat and humidity before they can beat their opponents.

danieln1
Aug 7th, 2008, 10:15 PM
Wacky predictions, one or both Williams sisters will win a medal, itīs a fact! Radwanska bronze???Heīs got to be joking, not a fun joke!

AndreConrad
Aug 7th, 2008, 10:15 PM
I think all of these predictions will go down the toilet after the first round... of course I would love to see Agnieszka go far; as far as she can ;)

<Sven>
Aug 7th, 2008, 10:58 PM
Safina has about the best shot of winning this I think,
You can't count out the sisters though
The rest I count out :p
Prediction (as given in FITD: Gold Safina, Silver Wozniacki, Bronze Venus)

friendsita
Aug 7th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Gold: Serena
Silver: Venus
Bronce: Safina

Lindsayfan32
Aug 7th, 2008, 11:44 PM
At least one of the Serbs or William sisters will be in a medal round. Adding one for a medal would be more realistic. There have been plenty of upsets at the Olympics, but usually on the Mens side.

Safina isn't getting out of the second round if Lindsay win her 1st round and she has any say in it. :) But your comment is right on the money.

frontier
Aug 8th, 2008, 12:06 AM
Lindsay is in China without her son so she wont worry about diaper change or colic...I think Lindsay has a chance. Safina must be tired and will not handle Lindsay s ground strokes. Lindsay is going to be a surprise at this event thats a fact

Amalgamate
Aug 8th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Gold: Serena
Silver: Venus
Bronze: Safina

Perfection :hearts:

enchantrezz
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:28 AM
How can you say its a fact when it hasn't happened yet :) They havent even played 1st rd..:rolleyes:

Pasta-Na
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:55 AM
Lindsay is in China without her son so she wont worry about diaper change or colic...I think Lindsay has a chance. Safina must be tired and will not handle Lindsay s ground strokes. Lindsay is going to be a surprise at this event thats a fact

:spit: :lol:

enchantrezz
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:16 PM
My own prediction ;)
There will be lots of upsets in the early rounds and I wont be surprised if Asian players will dominate.After all this is their turf and they are at home with the weather conditions, no need for adjustments, unlike the top players who has to overcome the heat and humidity before they can beat their opponents.

Wow :eek:

LudwigDvorak
Aug 14th, 2008, 08:31 PM
What A DumbAss 4 Predicting All These Un Worthy Nasty Girls W/No Slams

selesbooz
Aug 14th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Wtaworld at it finest. :lol::help:

ViennaCalling
Aug 14th, 2008, 09:09 PM
:spit:

Thanks for bumping :yeah:

AndreConrad
Aug 14th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Too bad Agnieszka did not stay in this company ;)

Optima
Aug 14th, 2008, 09:30 PM
:spit: