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supergrunt
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:30 PM
Mauresmo and Ivanovic seem be playing well again. Sharapova is a coin-toss. And of course Venus and Serena and Jankovic and Safina and Dementieva.

Demska
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:33 PM
Ivanovic nearly lost to Vinci. I wouldn't say that's playing well.

frenchie
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:34 PM
Sure:rolleyes:

Mauresmo : winning 76 76 against world 180 Dokic and saving MP against monstruous player Julie Coin is a good sign for Amélie:worship:

Ivanovic : saving MP against Vinci is a very convincing win for Ana:worship:

markdelaney
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:35 PM
I think it's a hard one to call and maybe it will be the WTA's equivalent of when Thomas Johansson won it a few years ago.

supergrunt
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:36 PM
Oh God I hope not :o .

markdelaney
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:39 PM
Bookmakers in UK give these odds

Serena 3/1
Venus 5/1
Jelena 5/1
Ana 6/1
Maria 7/1
Dinara 8/1
Elena 18/1
Vera 25/1
Caroline 25/1
Svetlana 28/1
Agnieska 40/1
Victoria 40/1

SOA_MC
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:43 PM
I think it's a hard one to call and maybe it will be the WTA's equivalent of when Thomas Johansson won it a few years ago.

It is strange that the AO normally throws up more suprises on the mens side than the womens:confused:

Uranium
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Sure:rolleyes:

Mauresmo : winning 76 76 against world 180 Dokic and saving MP against monstruous player Julie Coin is a good sign for Amélie:worship:

Ivanovic : saving MP against Vinci is a very convincing win for Ana:worship:

Dokic was not playing like she was 180 in the world though.:p

frenchie
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:51 PM
Dokic was not playing like she was 180 in the world though.:p

That's right;)
She was playing top 10 tennis to me:eek:

Her serve was ranked 180 though:help:

Uranium
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:53 PM
That's right;)
She was playing top 10 tennis to me:eek:

Her serve was ranked 180 though:help:

It has been the past few years, in 2006 Auckland it was a horror show:help:

AcesHigh
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:58 PM
Ivanovic and Mauresmo are not playing well.

I think Jelena Jankovic is the only safe bet to make it to the second week. Everyone else is way too unpredictable.

Cakeisgood
Jan 7th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Bookmakers in UK give these odds

Serena 3/1
Venus 5/1
Jelena 5/1
Ana 6/1
Maria 7/1
Dinara 8/1
Elena 18/1
Vera 25/1
Caroline 25/1
Svetlana 28/1
Agnieska 40/1
Victoria 40/1

LOL to Sveta being below Caro. No respect :lol::lol::lol:

Monica_Rules
Jan 7th, 2009, 10:02 PM
I think Safina will win it.

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 7th, 2009, 10:03 PM
I thought you were going to talk about other people like Caroline, not relative veterans who we know have a chance at any GS....

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2009, 10:07 PM
I think people were surprised how many of the big names didn't play well here a year ago.
A lot depends on who is in form and who is like last year

Mashafaaaaan
Jan 7th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Yeah, yeah, yeah, all top 100 if u want, but at the end, only WS or Sharapova will win it.

networthy
Jan 7th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Bookmakers in UK give these odds

Serena 3/1
Venus 5/1
Jelena 5/1
Ana 6/1
Maria 7/1
Dinara 8/1
Elena 18/1
Vera 25/1
Caroline 25/1
Svetlana 28/1
Agnieska 40/1
Victoria 40/1

I generally agree with these odds, except I would rate Dinara's, and possible Vera's, Elena's and Caroline's, chances as higher than Ana's (off-form) and Maria's (out of match-practice and possibly still injured).

Dawson.
Jan 7th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Mauresmo & Ivanovic are two of my favourites, so it pains me to say that I cannot see either of them making it to the second week of the AO based on how they are playing at the minute.

Safina started to come down to earth at the end of 2008, and hasn't really been explosive in Perth - taken to 7-5 in the third by Heish.

Dementieva never plays well down under. Its hard to tell where she is at based on her results at auckland against two relatively easy oppenents.

Who knows about Sharapova.

I think the three favourites are still Serena, Jelena and Venus - in that order.

Mackep83
Jan 7th, 2009, 11:29 PM
one of Jelena, Serena, Venus or Zvonareva will win.

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:02 AM
one of Jelena, Serena, Venus or Zvonareva will win.

...Dinara.

sunsfuns
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:14 AM
I think it's a hard one to call and maybe it will be the WTA's equivalent of when Thomas Johansson won it a few years ago.

Thomas Johansson is one of the biggest flukes ever, but such things are very rare. I've been following tennis since ca 1995 and there have been only 4 fluke winners (Johansson, Gaudio, Myskina and Majoli)...

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:14 AM
this may be Serena's year. 2003, 2005, 2007 :O

njnetswill
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:51 AM
Thomas Johansson is one of the biggest flukes ever, but such things are very rare. I've been following tennis since ca 1995 and there have been only 4 fluke winners (Johansson, Gaudio, Myskina and Majoli)...

Myskina? How does a player whose career high is #2 winning a slam constitute a fluke?

Mackep83
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:54 AM
...Dinara.

Njet, I dont think so. I think she will be herself again when the claycourt season starts.

Maybe put Dementieva instead of Serena, you never know how Serena will play. But if she really wants this and play normal I think she will play final against Jankovic. And if it will be a tough match Jankovic will win it.

sunsfuns
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:01 AM
Myskina? How does a player whose career high is #2 winning a slam constitute a fluke?

Fluke = 1 GS title and no more than one other GS SF (Myskina, Gaudio and Majoli have none, Johansson - one). Good player, but not any better than Schnyder, Coetzer, Huber etc.

iGOAT
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:14 AM
I think Kuzzie will come out of nowhere and maybe even win

Blu€
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:38 AM
I think Kuzzie will come out of nowhere and maybe even win

Good one! :p

au_sports_opinion
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:45 AM
Kuzzie will knock someone off like a big name but not win. I feel the same about Vera.

mboyle
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:18 AM
I don't think Safina's going to be winning it. There are too many better players. She still doesn't have the mind. Jelena does have a chance. So do the sisters. That's about it. Let's wait and see for Maria but otherwise...

AcesHigh
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:42 AM
I don't think Safina's going to be winning it. There are too many better players. She still doesn't have the mind. Jelena does have a chance. So do the sisters. That's about it. Let's wait and see for Maria but otherwise...

How can you say she doesnt have the mind after her 2008? :confused:

sunsfuns
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:47 AM
How can you say she doesnt have the mind after her 2008? :confused:

Because she failed to win anything really big?

Dave.
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:47 AM
Ana is a contender for every major (except maybe Wimbledon), regardless of how she's playing.

Ana, Serena, Jelena and Venus are the main contenders for the AO IMO.

AcesHigh
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:52 AM
Because she failed to win anything really big?

And Jelena has won something bigger?

sunsfuns
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:06 AM
And Jelena has won something bigger?

Same for her, but I am more confident there because she has been at this level longer.

Il Primo!
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:31 AM
Ana is a contender for every major (except maybe Wimbledon), regardless of how she's playing.

Ana, Serena, Jelena and Venus are the main contenders for the AO IMO.
:weirdo:

What about the USO? She can't play on fast HD for shit.

Temperenka
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:43 AM
I give:
Maria, Serena, Venus, Amelie(after today's win), Jelena, Dinara, and Elena good chances. Not positive on Maria, but who knows?
Also, I think the AO will be Vika's big major push. I this she will get a win over a top 5 player and reach the semis.

friendsita
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:57 AM
venus or serena will win it

Cp6uja
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:10 AM
Here is some helpful facts about XXI century Australian Open Winners (how is seeded at AO and how plays at warm-up events before Melbourne Title):


Year Winner - (# Seed) - AO Warm-Up Tournament Result
2008 winner - (5th seed) - NOT PLAYED
2007 winner -(unseeded)- LOSE QF vs #56
2006 winner - (3rd seed) - LOSE R16 vs #21
2005 winner - (7th seed) - NOT PLAYED
2004 winner - (1st seed) - WON Tournament
2003 winner - (1st seed) - NOT PLAYED
2002 winner - (1st seed) - LOSE R16 vs #61
2001 winner -(12th seed)- LOSE R16 vs #29

Hardiansf
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Here is some helpful facts about XXI century Australian Open Winners (how is seeded at AO and how plays at warm-up events before Melbourne Title):


Year Winner - (# Seed) - AO Warm-Up Tournament Result
2008 winner - (5th seed) - NOT PLAYED
2007 winner -(unseeded)- LOSE QF vs #56
2006 winner - (3rd seed) - LOSE R16 vs #21
2005 winner - (7th seed) - NOT PLAYED
2004 winner - (1st seed) - WON Tournament
2003 winner - (1st seed) - NOT PLAYED
2002 winner - (1st seed) - LOSE R16 vs #61
2001 winner -(12th seed)- LOSE R16 vs #29
Yes yes yes... Ana have a chance to win Oz. We know it.
Seriously, there will (only) be 5 contenders to WIN this year: Jelena, Serena, Venus, Dinara, and Maria.
The others can survive at the 2nd week, even at the final, but the winner will come to one of those 5.

CR3WLFC
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:48 AM
I had a dream golovin Took it

iGOAT
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:49 AM
Good one! :p
I am dead serious. I have a feeling!