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vma
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:17 PM
With Ivanovic not playing, I'd say the semis could be:
Radwańska - S.Williams
V.Williams - Safina

your picks?

Demska
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:18 PM
Dinara needs to save the Olympic Games and Womens Tennis again by stopping an all Williams :zzz: fest

frenchie
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:22 PM
An all Williams final would be great for the games!

They could make history
and I like their matches...

Uranium
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:23 PM
With Ivanovic not playing, I'd say the semis could be:
Radwańska - S.Williams
V.Williams - Safina

your picks?

I agree with that:p

jonny84
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:27 PM
Is a good chance for Radwanska. She could potentially win the Bronze medal.
It is looking likely for an all-Williams final, but the Olympics can spring some surprises.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Zvonareva - Serena/Dementieva
Jankovic - Venus

I don't know why I picked Vera but somehow I think she could make it :shrug:

AnnaK_4ever
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Zi Yan - Tamarine Tanasugarn
Na Li - Jie Zheng

So Disrespectful
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:33 PM
Zi Yan - Tamarine Tanasugarn
Na Li - Jie Zheng

This is the Olympics, not the Asian Games.

Dexter
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:34 PM
Some completely random players, wouldn't be surprised by at least 2 Chinese making the SFs. :tape:

Zoeki
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:34 PM
SCHNYDER Serena LI Na or DANIILIDOU Safina

……=。=

So Disrespectful
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Some completely random players, wouldn't be surprised by at least 2 Chinese making the SFs. :tape:

They have to fulfill their contracts after all. ;)

AnnaK_4ever
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:44 PM
This is the Olympics, not the Asian Games.

Beijing Olympics = Asian Games

kaktusino
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:45 PM
Beijing Olympics = Asian Games

:rolleyes:

Bartosh
Aug 10th, 2008, 12:49 PM
Serena v Aga
Venus v Jie

LefandePatty
Aug 10th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Peng Shuai vs Patty Schnyder:hearts:

It will be hot:drool:
I'll feel like in heaven:hearts:

sunsfuns
Aug 10th, 2008, 02:37 PM
Some completely random players, wouldn't be surprised by at least 2 Chinese making the SFs. :tape:

Women's champions (and finalists) have never been random. This won't be the first time.

Serena or Venus will win most likely...

Vamos.
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:04 PM
Hopefully the name WILLIAMS will be present in both Semi-Finals. :dance:

And, based on form, you have to presume Safina will be there or thereabouts. Kuznetsova has a good shot now too.

I think the Olympics is going to reduce the quality of the US Open by about half. :o

sharapovarulz1
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:26 PM
With Ivanovic not playing, I'd say the semis could be:
Radwańska - S.Williams
V.Williams - Safina

your picks?

That would do me as long as Dinara and Aga won these matches :p

Dave.
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Zvonareva
Dementieva
Williams
Cibulkova

Sharapova's_Boy
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:47 PM
Radwanska vs. Serena
Azarenka vs. Safina

Ballbasher
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Serena and Venus in the final!

kwilliams
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:32 PM
I hope it's an all Williams final...this is like a repeat of Wimbledon, the tournament needs an all Williams final but I fear they may become victims of the schedule/rain.

ZAK
Aug 10th, 2008, 08:00 PM
I hope it's an all Williams final...this is like a repeat of Wimbledon, the tournament needs an all Williams final but I fear they may become victims of the schedule/rain.
I think they will. An all-Williams final seems too likely to actually happen. For the hell of it, I'll say:

Radwanska v. Peng
Venus v. Safina

Destiny
Aug 10th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Williams
Safina
Aga

Yeah i like that

Danči Dementia
Aug 10th, 2008, 08:46 PM
radwansk-Dementieva
Safina-Azarenka

:)

Volcana
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:06 PM
Venus, Serena, Zi Yan, Na Li

is that even possible?

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:39 PM
I hope it's an all Williams final...this is like a repeat of Wimbledon, the tournament needs an all Williams final but I fear they may become victims of the schedule/rain.

If there is an all Williams final then that is fine. I'm sure it will be a good match. But I take exception to the statement that the tournament needs an all Williams final. It does not. This is the Olympics. Just as Wimbledon did not need an all Williams final neither does the Olympics. Both events are bigger than any individual players, including the Williams sisters. If the Wimbledon final had ended up a match between Zheng and Tanasugarn people would still have been interested and TVs would still be turned on. Likewise, whoever competes for the Olympic gold the eyes of the world will be on them, Williams sisters or not.

DaMamaJama87
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:59 PM
If there is an all Williams final then that is fine. I'm sure it will be a good match. But I take exception to the statement that the tournament needs an all Williams final. It does not. This is the Olympics. Just as Wimbledon did not need an all Williams final neither does the Olympics. Both events are bigger than any individual players, including the Williams sisters. If the Wimbledon final had ended up a match between Zheng and Tanasugarn people would still have been interested and TVs would still be turned on. Likewise, whoever competes for the Olympic gold the eyes of the world will be on them, Williams sisters or not.

Sorry, as the ratings after Wimbledon clearly showed, Wimbledon needed the Williams. Beijing needs the Williams even more. In these times of top 10 players who can't go 5 matches without getting injured, choking or tanking I'd even say women's tennis needs the Williams sisters.

DownTheLine21
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Quarterfinals
Radwanska def. Schnyder
S. Williams def. Wozniacki
V. Williams def. Kuznetsova
Safina def. Cibulkova

Semifinals
S. Williams def. Radwanska
Safina def. V. Williams

Final
S. Williams def. Safina

RenaSlam.
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:05 PM
Williams/Radwanska
Williams/Safina

Pengwin
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:10 PM
Venus and Serena and whoever else.

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:11 PM
Sorry, as the ratings after Wimbledon clearly showed, Wimbledon needed the Williams. Beijing needs the Williams even more. In these times of top 10 players who can't go 5 matches without getting injured, choking or tanking I'd even say women's tennis needs the Williams sisters.

The ratings were up in the US. If the final was between Zheng vs Tanasugarn the rating would have been up in Asia which is at least as big a market. I am sorry but only Williams fans need all Williams sisters finals. Tennis is still around post Henin. It will survive Sharapova being injured. And it will survive regardless of the extend of the Williams sisters success. Players come and go but the game always survives.

And are you suggesting the Williams sisters are the only top players to be immune from injuries or choking? :confused: Frankly the Williams sisters, especially Serena, have as bad a record in terms of letting tournaments down by pulling out or losing early as anyone in the game.

DaMamaJama87
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:31 PM
The ratings were up in the US. If the final was between Zheng vs Tanasugarn the rating would have been up in Asia which is at least as big a market. I am sorry but only Williams fans need all Williams sisters finals. Tennis is still around post Henin. It will survive Sharapova being injured. And it will survive regardless of the extend of the Williams sisters success. Players come and go but the game always survives.

And are you suggesting the Williams sisters are the only top players to be immune from injuries or choking? :confused: Frankly the Williams sisters, especially Serena, have as bad a record in terms of letting tournaments down by pulling out or losing early as anyone in the game.

The US is still the WTA's main market. The US still has the most tournaments of any country and is where most of the players' sponsors and marketing agents and coaches reside. It's where the players are marketed most too. Tennis isn't a very big deal in China or Thailand or anywhere else in Asia for that matter. Bigger population does not equal more important market. An easy example of that is Beijing was forced to schedule its own Olympic games around the whims of an American TV station. That's how important US TV ratings are.

I didn't say the Williams are immune to injuries. But, they bring respectability to tournaments they win. When they win it's usually by demonstrating excellent tennis rather than by taking advantage of some accident of the draw (like Wozniak etc.). i.e. when they win tournaments, the WTA's depth or quality does not get questioned because everyone knows how good they are and they routinely display how good they are. Most of the rest of the top 10 and top 20 may be ranked that high but they carry none of that prestige and often play like top 50 or top 100 scrubs of previous eras.

LefandePatty
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:50 PM
Rain def. Sun 6-0 6-0:sad:

MrSerenaWilliams
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:58 PM
Quarterfinals
Radwanska def. Schnyder
S. Williams def. Wozniacki
V. Williams def. Kuznetsova
Safina def. Cibulkova

Semifinals
S. Williams def. Radwanska
Safina def. V. Williams

Final
S. Williams def. Safina

:yeah: and if Jill made it to the QF that'd be cool too :lol:

and Vee would TOTALLY win bronze.

zhangxian22
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:58 PM
we'll have some surprinsing semi finalists but I guess the champion will either be one of the Williams or Safina...

Serena's Hubby
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Quarterfinals
Radwanska def. Schnyder
S. Williams def. Wozniacki
V. Williams def. Kuznetsova
Safina def. Cibulkova

Semifinals
S. Williams def. Radwanska
Safina def. V. Williams

Final
S. Williams def. Safina

I think thats a great draw and hopefully that happens!!1!1!!!1!!:hearts::hearts:

I just want venus in the final...but if safina may cause an upset:confused: hopefully not ...all williams final would be great!
THEN SERENA COULD GET HER REVENGE:devil::devil:

Go this happening!!!!!!

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:33 AM
The US is still the WTA's main market. The US still has the most tournaments of any country and is where most of the players' sponsors and marketing agents and coaches reside. It's where the players are marketed most too. Tennis isn't a very big deal in China or Thailand or anywhere else in Asia for that matter. Bigger population does not equal more important market. An easy example of that is Beijing was forced to schedule its own Olympic games around the whims of an American TV station. That's how important US TV ratings are.

I didn't say the Williams are immune to injuries. But, they bring respectability to tournaments they win. When they win it's usually by demonstrating excellent tennis rather than by taking advantage of some accident of the draw (like Wozniak etc.). i.e. when they win tournaments, the WTA's depth or quality does not get questioned because everyone knows how good they are and they routinely display how good they are. Most of the rest of the top 10 and top 20 may be ranked that high but they carry none of that prestige and often play like top 50 or top 100 scrubs of previous eras.

Oh I see. So when the Williams sisters win it is due to talent, whereas when another player wins it puts into very question the depth and standard of quality on the WTA tour. Thank you for straightening me out. Clearly then the WTA tour need the Williams sisters to win both here and at the US Open. My only remaining question is this. What if, by some unfortunate catostrophic event the Williams sisters failed to win these two very important events, what would be consquences for the game of tennis, could it survive such an occurance, as unlikely as it may be?

Caz
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:46 AM
Semis predictions:
Radwanska vs. Dementieva
Williams vs. Safina.

DaMamaJama87
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:47 AM
Oh I see. So when the Williams sisters win it is due to talent, whereas when another player wins it puts into very question the depth and standard of quality on the WTA tour. Thank you for straightening me out. Clearly then the WTA tour need the Williams sisters to win both here and at the US Open.

It sounds like a mean thing to say but it's exactly how most people feel. Have you not been around lately to witness all the "wta is in dire straits" threads? or most of the board freaking out over how someone like Jankovic can become number one? It's a sad but true fact that when other players win big events most people still put an asterisk next to it and most of the time it is warranted because the draw collapses and whichever player cobbles together one or two decent performances is made winner by default. That doesn't garner much respect in viewers' eyes.


My only remaining question is this. What if, by some unfortunate catostrophic event the Williams sisters failed to win these two very important events, what would be consquences for the game of tennis, could it survive such an occurance, as unlikely as it may be?

It would be another nail in the wta's coffin. What the WTA needs right now is either a rekindling of the Williams dominance from 2002-2003 (which may not be possible because they both get injured so much) or for a new generation of star players to rise to the challenge (which doesn't look likely right now). So yes, it would be bad and potentially fatal for women's tennis. The tour right now is severely lacking in "great players" and "players with star quality" and the Williams are both.

LudwigDvorak
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:57 AM
Radwanska/Schiavone v. Dementieva
Williams v. Jankovic

Serenidad.
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:18 AM
Radwanska/Schiavone v. Dementieva
Williams v. Jankovic

No Winnerena, Chris? :o

kaktusino
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:35 AM
Radwanska/Zvonareva vs. Dementieva
Williams vs. Safina

Serenidad.
Aug 11th, 2008, 04:37 AM
I can't wait for Serena/Dementieva. This shit is getting on my nerves.

kwilliams
Aug 11th, 2008, 05:21 AM
If there is an all Williams final then that is fine. I'm sure it will be a good match. But I take exception to the statement that the tournament needs an all Williams final. It does not. This is the Olympics. Just as Wimbledon did not need an all Williams final neither does the Olympics. Both events are bigger than any individual players, including the Williams sisters. If the Wimbledon final had ended up a match between Zheng and Tanasugarn people would still have been interested and TVs would still be turned on. Likewise, whoever competes for the Olympic gold the eyes of the world will be on them, Williams sisters or not.

Well, you're right in that tournaments like Wimbledon and the Olympics don't need the top players but they can certainly do with them. Smaller tournaments do need top players though. As for the Wimbledon final, tennis fans would've tuned in just as much but 'people' wouldn't have. Lay people want to see someone they recognise, if the quality of the tennis between Zheng and Tanasugarn was phenomenal then of course it would've piqued the interest of some lay people but many wouldn't have been interested in watching someone they weren't interested in playing a sport they had only a passing interest in. Even I wouldn't have watched the entire match, probably only about 80% of it. If any tournament wants optimum ratings they need/want the top players to make the final. I know that I prefer to see seasoned grand slam champs gutting it out in finals rather than debutantes finding their way.

Also given the organisers response to the withdrawals of Ivanovic, Davenport, Karlovic and Ljubicic (sp?) I think it's safe to say that they really want the top players to go deep. It's natural for them to want the most illustrious competitors contesting the final. This might also explain the doubles seedings - they want to see a Williams/Williams v Safina/Kuznetsova final because they are all top 10 stars.

PLP
Aug 11th, 2008, 05:33 AM
Serena vs Patty
Venus vs Jelena

I hope Patty can find a way to the semis. You never know when the real Patty will show up but her draw is excellent. IMO I don't think Dinara will beat Jelena should they meet, and JJ should make it to the semis if her injury isn't that bad. Serena has a potentially difficult meeting with Elena, which could be an excellent match,
but Venus is GOING to be in that final, :angel:

Huntress55
Aug 11th, 2008, 05:38 AM
I dont know, I just dont want an all Williams event again..

Serena's Hubby
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:11 AM
I dont know, I just dont want an all Williams event again..

Hater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MrSerenaWilliams
Aug 11th, 2008, 06:54 AM
Keep sippin' that haterade :cool:

AcesHigh
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:15 AM
As long as it's an all-Williams final, I'm fine. Or maybe Safina, Kuznetsova, or Dementieva involved. Anyone else in the final would be an embarassment.