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InsideOut.
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/06/19/wimbledon.women/?eref=sircrc

Top 16 seeds

1. Dinara Safina: A top seed who has never been beyond the third round at the All England Club, has no affection for grass and is coming off a major Grand Slam disappointment? Doesn't bode well for an extended stay in the draw.

2. Serena Williams: There will be no "Serena Slam" in 2009. But if she serves better than she did on clay and can overcome her sister, she's a strong candidate to win. We've all been burned too many times to suggest otherwise.

3. Venus Williams: Comes in with little momentum. But since when does that matter? Venus has won Wimbledon five times this decade and is simply a different player on grass.

4. Elena Dementieva: Sadly, it appears as though her days of challenging for Slams are gone. Simply lacks the self-belief, especially on grass.

5. Svetlana Kuznetsova: French Open champion has proved to herself that she can still win big prizes. But her grass-phobia still rages. A shame, since her serve and athleticism should make her a contender.

6. Jelena Jankovic: Like so many others, J.J. is looking to extricate herself from the doldrums. Like so many others, grass is not her surface of choice.

7. Vera Zvonareva: Steadily putting together a fine career. Solid game and a mind that might enable her to ease into things.

8. Victoria Azarenka: Unclear how well she plays on grass, but with her power and depth, we can expect big things. A shame for her that she's in the Serena/Maria Sharapova quadrant.

9. Caroline Wozniacki: Not much of a track record at Wimbledon. But, again, that characterizes so many. She should win a few rounds on power alone. She's a deceptively strong fighter.

10. Nadia Petrova: An admitted head case -- it's the first step to recovery! --who seldom puts it all together. Plus, she comes in with a back injury. Still, she's fine athlete who can move, serve and play the net. Could face Sharapova in the third round.

11. Agnieszka Radwanska: The rare WTA player who thrives not with relentless power but with relentless accuracy. Should win a few rounds but one worries about her -- on a grass court -- facing a big hitter.

12. Marion Bartoli: Former finalist has a fun, quirky game that mirrors her personality. Not a real threat to win, but the quarterfinals are certainly a realistic destination.

13. Ana Ivanovic: Been a rough year for former No. 1 and her play in tune-ups -- and abrupt coaching change -- suggests the tough times aren't over. Maybe she'll win a few rounds, but then Venus awaits.

14. Dominika Cibulkova: Coming off a fine French Open. On the face of things, there's little reason she can't do well on grass. But she hasn't won so much as a match at Wimbledon.

15. Flavia Pennetta: Lost three of her last four matches at Wimbledon. On the plus side, there's this.

16. Zheng Jie: A semifinalist last year, her compact and accurate strokes -- love that backhand -- are a good fit on grass.
Seeds 17-32

17. Amelie Mauresmo: Former champion should be OK for a few rounds. Unless they import French fans.

18. Samantha Stosur: If Stosur, an attacking player with superb serve-and-volley technique, can reach the semis of the French Open, who knows what awaits on grass? The abrupt coaching change is cause for concern, but star this pony in your racing form.

19. Li Na: An up-and-down player, but she beat Sharapova in a tune-up and tends to play better in bigger events.

23. Aleksandra Wozniak: To the delight of Tom Tebbutt, top Canadian continues her ascent.

24. Maria Sharapova: Still coated in the tennis equivalent of ring rust. And there is scarcely a worse tennis injury than a bum serving shoulder. Still, she's a former Wimbledon champ and the regal disposition still imposes some.

26. Virginie Razzano: Frenchwoman performed well at Roland Garros and kept it going on grass tune-ups.

30. Agnes Szavay: Finally breaking out of a slump and her domination of Venus in Paris must surely imbue her with some confidence. Big chance to take down the top seed in third round.

31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: The big breakthrough seems to be less a question of "if" than of "when."

32. Anna Chakvetadze: Like Szavay, she's showing signs of life after a dismal slump.
Dark-horse nation

Alexa Glatch: Tough first-rounder against Peng Shuai (and Radwanska if she survives that) but a player to watch.

Sabine Lisicki: Hard-serving German has a big game.

Katarina Srebotnik: Still among the better volleyers in the women's game.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld: Wish she moved better. But that serve is a cannon.

Lucie Safarova: Tends to bring her best tennis to the biggest events. Plus, she can break 120 mph on the serve gun. Likely faces Serena in second round.

Jelena Dokic: Likely second-rounder against Stosur intrigues.

Olga Govortsova: One of the better players you may never have heard of.
First-round matches to watch

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kimiko Date Krumm: The 38-year-old Krumm was playing when Wozniacki was born.

Daniela Hantuchova vs. Laura Robson: Ladies and gentlemen, rev up that hype machine.

Sabine Lisicki vs. Anna Chakvetadze: Interesting clash of styles.

Samantha Stosur vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands: Bum draw for highest-ranked American not named Williams.

Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Klara Zakopalova: An audio daily double.

Blue-plate upset special (for second round): Iveta Benesova over Jelena Jankovic.
Doubles winners

Cara Black and Liezel Huber: Back in winner's circle after disappointment in Paris.
Semifinals

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Venus Williams

Surprise winner (Dominika Cibulkova?) vs. Serena Williams
Final

Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams
Winner

Venus Williams


I like the part about Kimiko playing when Wozniacki was born. :haha:

volta
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:40 PM
i HATE when my favs get picked by this mugs :( SHIT :fiery: :bigcry:

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:42 PM
Kuzzy and Cibulkova to meet the Williams Sisters in the semis? Is Jon losing his mind? :haha:

tennnisfannn
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:45 PM
i HATE when my favs get picked by this mugs :( SHIT :fiery: :bigcry:
Don't worry navratilova and co will be picking maria and serena before the sun goes down, it will even the jnix out.:lol:

RenaSlam.
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:45 PM
He has always been on crack, nothing new.

Expect the worst predictions from him, always.

Knizzle
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Odd he picks Black and Huber for the doubles crown when also picking Serena and Venus in the singles final.

volta
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:48 PM
Don't worry navratilova and co will be picking maria and serena before the sun goes down, it will even the jnix out.:lol:

no no serena as well pls :( i hate this predictions :o

matthias
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:49 PM
he like to mention ALG just because of her serve, and Lisicki becuase of her game

but both are badly on grass - lol

gumoll
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:50 PM
I so wanna hear de Brito playing :bounce:

vwfan
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:54 PM
oh Lordie, the Wertheim curse. :sad:

njtennis17
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:55 PM
This is even worse than usual. Cibulkova in the semis, what in the world is he smoking. I also like that Srebotnik is one to watch, she hasn't played a match all year and Govortsova who has done absolutely nothing.

Iceland
Jun 19th, 2009, 05:59 PM
I would have rather picked Wozniak to reach semies if I were to make a bold prediction.

tennisIlove09
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Nothing out of the question.

tennnisfannn
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Cibulkova is not such a strange prediction, she is i the section with Vera who is returning from injury, Dementieva who left her game in melbourne, the only real threat left is bartoli in this quarter.

skanky~skanketta
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:07 PM
No mention of the Bondarenkos? Shocking, coming from Jon!

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:16 PM
i dont see Domi beating Coin :shrug: i hope she can win her 1st ever match here

homogenius
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:18 PM
King of worthlessness strikes again.

canuckfan
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:19 PM
You know a slam is right around the corner when the "Wertheim has lost his mind" thread appears.

slydevil6142
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:28 PM
oh Lordie, the Wertheim curse. :sad:
He picked Vee last year and she won!

mckyle.
Jun 19th, 2009, 06:47 PM
Cibulkova will be lucky to win a ROUND. She's awful on grass. Any true tennis fan would know this; way to go Jon! :o

HRHoliviasmith
Jun 19th, 2009, 07:14 PM
L. Jon :hearts:

Juanes
Jun 19th, 2009, 07:33 PM
sorry, but who is that guy? :confused: :o his opinion is totally unrealistic about Cibulkova
i am Slovak, i would like see Domi in semifinal, it would be fantastic.... but on grass? she is really not able to be in SF....... Domi will be pleased if she will win her match against Coin .... i think Domi will lose in 1st or 2nd round, it will be one of surprises, but Wimbledon is not Domi´s favourite tournament....

big chances have Hantuchova or Rybarikova... but surely not Domi....

Natash.
Jun 19th, 2009, 07:35 PM
Dominika in the semis :lol: Maybe a Slovak will reach the semis though :p Magda maybe?

SVK
Jun 19th, 2009, 07:46 PM
Cibulkova in the semi:spit::rolls:
I´m sure she will have big problems with Coin in R1:lol:

MisterMan
Jun 19th, 2009, 07:48 PM
I so wanna hear de Brito playing :bounce:

It's all over Youtube. She's a swine. :fiery:

sweetpeas
Jun 19th, 2009, 08:40 PM
oh Lordie, the Wertheim curse.

Right!

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 19th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Is Wertheim mixing up his young up and coming Slovak hotties? It's Madga that's good on grass, Jon, not Domi. Domi is the one who is good on clay. Jeez. :shrug:

Escape
Jun 19th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Has this guy been drinking :lol:
I can't see Domi beating Coin

mckyle.
Jun 19th, 2009, 08:54 PM
oh Lordie, the Wertheim curse.

Right!

Right ! ! ! ! ! ! :lol::lol::lol::wavey:

Marty-Dom
Jun 19th, 2009, 09:10 PM
It's all over Youtube. She's a swine. :fiery:

:lol: I agree, but in what sense of the word exactly were you thinking?

iGOAT
Jun 19th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Oh no he thinks Ági will beat Dina :sad:.

Kenny
Jun 19th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Ugh! I hate when they do this!!

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Jun 19th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Cibulkova will not make another GS semis in her life

oleada
Jun 19th, 2009, 11:54 PM
According to her bio on the WTA website, Cibulkova has won 0 matches on grass at the tour level. :tape:

vwfan
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:12 AM
He picked Vee last year and she won!ok. perhaps, then he won't be wrong this time, too!

:inlove:
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Oh good, he didn´t pick Serena to win at least.

Midnight_Robber
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:32 AM
He picked Vee last year and she won!
No he didn't. :rolleyes:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_wertheim/06/20/women.0620/

He picked Sharapova as the winner - and we all saw how that worked out. :tape: He didn't even pick Venus to make the finals, so I knew she had a chance. Which is why none of this bodes well for Venus this year. He almost never picks the right winner for the women, and I wish he'd keep her name out of his mouth. :mad:

Don't worry navratilova and co will be picking maria and serena before the sun goes down, it will even the jnix out.:lol:

Good point. One can only hope! ;)

DefyingGravity
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:50 AM
Well, if his Cibulkova prediction for the semis is wack, I have both Williams sisters, Kuznetsova, and RAZZANO in the semifinals.

young_gunner913
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:58 AM
At least he got the singles winner right. :lol: But Cibulkova in the semis? :weirdo: Jon, stop snorting with Martina and Gasquet. :o

fouc
Jun 20th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Cibulkova is not such a strange prediction, she is i the section with Vera who is returning from injury, Dementieva who left her game in melbourne, the only real threat left is bartoli in this quarter.

except she will lose to Urszula in R2 :angel:

LudwigDvorak
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:03 AM
He said at the USO '07 that Elena was no longer a threat to win a slam. He predicted her to make a final or two last year and to win AO this year.

Right Jon. Right.

kiwifan
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:18 AM
i HATE when my favs get picked by this mugs :( SHIT :fiery: :bigcry:

Yep. He just ruined the Sister Slam :sad: :sad: :sad:

Wiggly
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:25 AM
He jixed Iveta.:o
Anyways, she only won 3 MD matches on grass in her entire career.

In The Zone
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:29 AM
Has Cibulkova even won a match on grass, let alone at Wimbledon?

Oh dear.

gmokb
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:38 AM
Lawd, the pressure keeps mounting on my gals.

austennis
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:43 AM
hmm interesting think its too hard to tell most of the old guard are slumping :(
hopefully stousur and jelena d have an epic 2nd round

LeonHart
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:37 AM
No mention of the Bondarenkos? Shocking, coming from Jon!

:haha:

I know!! I thought they were future #1's :angel:

Corswandt
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:29 PM
6. Jelena Jankovic: Like so many others, grass is not her surface of choice.

9. Caroline Wozniacki: She should win a few rounds on power alone.

18. Samantha Stosur: superb serve-and-volley technique

31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: The big breakthrough seems to be less a question of "if" than of "when."

Semifinals

Surprise winner (Dominika Cibulkova?) vs. Serena Williams
Final

Kept the biggest howlers (Jankovic moves superbly on grass; Wozniacki has no power; Stosur's volleying technique is almost as bad as that of her groundstrokes).

Worse than the usual. Wertheim is the pro tennis reporter I dislike the least as he doesn't seem to have an agenda/axes to grind like the mercenary bourreurs de crâne at Tennis magazine, but he simply doesn't know much about women's tennis.

Anyway, with so many slumping, overranked players who are useless on grass just begging to be taken out, and with so many of the younger players (who are now typically bred on clay) being borderline grassophobic, other than the Sisters doing well (i.e. winning), this Wimbledon is wholly unpredictable.

dave1971
Jun 20th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Kept the biggest howlers (Jankovic moves superbly on grass; Wozniacki has no power; Stosur's volleying technique is almost as bad as that of her groundstrokes).

Worse than the usual. Wertheim is the pro tennis reporter I dislike the least as he doesn't seem to have an agenda/axes to grind like the mercenary bourreurs de crâne at Tennis magazine, but he simply doesn't know much about women's tennis.

Anyway, with so many slumping, overranked players who are useless on grass just begging to be taken out, and with so many of the younger players (who are now typically bred on clay) being borderline grassophobic, other than the Sisters doing well (i.e. winning), this Wimbledon is wholly unpredictable.


I have a similar opinion about Wertheim. He is not biased or overly shooting off his mouth. But he is lazy, and he suffers from a general lack of knowledge of the women's game, and probably the men's as well.

The irony about Wimbledon is that it is the least predictable Slam, despite having the most obvious favorites.

Sharpie4me
Jun 20th, 2009, 01:53 PM
so that means Venus won't threepeat right? :unsure:

Juanes
Jun 20th, 2009, 01:59 PM
Has Cibulkova even won a match on grass, let alone at Wimbledon?

Oh dear.

well, she won....

reached QF Wimbledon Junior Championships 2005 ... lost against Azarenka 4-6, 1-6 ...

Patrick345
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:08 PM
he like to mention ALG just because of her serve, and Lisicki becuase of her game

but both are badly on grass - lol

In relation to her serve Groenefeld must be the worst grasscourt player of all time. Her track record at Wimbeldon is like supersh*t.

Renalicious
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Groenfeld on Grass? :spit:

Uranus
Jun 20th, 2009, 02:40 PM
Cibulkova is not such a strange prediction, she is i the section with Vera who is returning from injury, Dementieva who left her game in melbourne, the only real threat left is bartoli in this quarter.
Of course it is. She couldn't beat old Dechy in Rosmalen R1, and the latter got killed by Govortsova in R2. Still has to win a WTA match on grass.

DiscoStick
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:11 PM
Cibi for SFs? :lol:

wally1
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:56 PM
Groenfeld on Grass? :spit:With her serve Groenefeld should really do better than she has. I guess with her grip she just doesn't deal with the low ball very well.

LeonHart
Jul 9th, 2009, 07:52 PM
:sad:

The curse continues....

Denise4925
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:33 PM
His run down and picks are entertaining if nothing else. :shrug:

SVK
Jul 10th, 2009, 10:57 AM
But Groenefeld won...mixed:p

SAEKeithSerena
Jul 10th, 2009, 03:22 PM
lol. oh, jon...

friendsita
Jul 11th, 2009, 01:22 AM
damn I want to forget this wimbledon!