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Leo_DFP
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:34 AM
Both Jankovic and Kleybanova out. Either one could have been a test for her in the QF: Kleybanova because she's pushed Kim to two 3rd set tiebreaks in the past year winning once, and Jankovic, not because of form, but because she is a tough match-up for Kim given that she makes her play a lot of balls and complicates her ballbasher mode.

You could say Nadia is a potential test in the 4R, but I don't think anyone believes 2010 can be repeated.

Kim's basically in semis and there's a good chance she'll have to step it up in a big way against Zvonareva on that day.

Polikarpov
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:39 AM
Kim could still beat herself before the semis.

debby
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:41 AM
Cakewalk draw.

In the top half we have :
Wozniacki
Henin
Kuznetsova
Venus
inform Petkovic
Sharapova
Azarenka
Li
Schiavone

:help: 20 slams combined to 3 slams from the bottom half. How disgusting.

justineheninfan
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:42 AM
Both Jankovic and Kleybanova out. Either one could have been a test for her in the QF: Kleybanova because she's pushed Kim to two 3rd set tiebreaks in the past year winning once, and Jankovic, not because of form, but because she is a tough match-up for Kim given that she makes her play a lot of balls and complicates her ballbasher mode.

You could say Nadia is a potential test in the 4R, but I don't think anyone believes 2010 can be repeated.

Kim's basically in semis and there's a good chance she'll have to step it up in a big way against Zvonareva on that day.

Yeah pretty much. And I would be surprised if Zvonareva can beat her in a big slam match outside of possibly grass too, but I suppose crazier things have happened.

V's a star
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:44 AM
Cakewalk draw.

In the top half we have :
Wozniacki
Henin
Kuznetsova
Venus
inform Petkovic
Sharapova
Azarenka
Li
Schiavone

:help: 20 slams combined to 3 slams from the bottom half. How disgusting.

Yup sucks. :shrug:

TheDream
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:45 AM
Both Jankovic and Kleybanova out. Either one could have been a test for her in the QF: Kleybanova because she's pushed Kim to two 3rd set tiebreaks in the past year winning once, and Jankovic, not because of form, but because she is a tough match-up for Kim given that she makes her play a lot of balls and complicates her ballbasher mode.

You could say Nadia is a potential test in the 4R, but I don't think anyone believes 2010 can be repeated.

Kim's basically in semis and there's a good chance she'll have to step it up in a big way against Zvonareva on that day.

stosur has been serving well so i think she'll be in the semis. but, kim has had easier draws and screwed it up. in fact, she was tested throughout the slams she did win. last year at the usopen she had tough back to back matches and peaked in the final. in 09 she had to play 3 sets against an in form bartoli and squeaked out a win against venus which prepared her for serena. kim does better when tested early.

Claycourter
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:47 AM
Cakewalk draw.

In the top half we have :
Wozniacki
Henin
Kuznetsova
Venus
inform Petkovic
Sharapova
Azarenka
Li
Schiavone

:help: 20 slams combined to 3 slams from the bottom half. How disgusting.

Lucky draws, off form mug opponents, chokers, no fitness clowns = another BYE to at least SF for Fiona. :zzz:

TheDream
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:49 AM
Yeah pretty much. And I would be surprised if Zvonareva can beat her in a big slam match outside of possibly grass too, but I suppose crazier things have happened.

zvonareva beating kim on grass was shocking so u never know. this is entirely up to kim unless she beats herself. which is entirely possible.

delicatecutter
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:51 AM
It's not like it's St. Kim's fault.

sammy01
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:51 AM
her draw is nice, but she still needs to win the matches.

i think it will be stosur vs kim in the semis. think stosur will take out vera in the qtr.

tbh which ever top 4 seed drew jj was going to have an easier draw as she looked prime for an upset very early.

pattyclijsters
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:52 AM
I really hope Kim will win, but being 5:0 up, doesnt seem to be any confidence, so basically she can be defeated by everybody.

Polikarpov
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:57 AM
What do you guys think of Kvitova's chances?

Vartan
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:58 AM
Naughtya!

TheDream
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:00 AM
her draw is nice, but she still needs to win the matches.

i think it will be stosur vs kim in the semis. think stosur will take out vera in the qtr.

tbh which ever top 4 seed drew jj was going to have an easier draw as she looked prime for an upset very early.

this is what i predict as well. stosur has a relatively good draw as well. and at their best, stosur would have an easier time with zvonareva than kim would. i wonder how kim would deal with the crowd. the aussie crowd loves kim but they will definitely be on stosur's side. especially since her grandpa's death is getting coverage and she is getting sympathy.

hdfb
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:04 AM
Surprised no one has yet mentioned Peng beat Kim in straights and ended her hardcourt win streak in 05 and Kim tipped Peng to be a top 3 player. Peng can do it again, don't count her out.

jiri-nedved
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:05 AM
Stosur could lose to Kvitova in round 3. Petra won their last match easily and this was at Roland Garros!!

Cp6uja
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:07 AM
In-slump Jelena and peak-Kleybanova is not treat for Kim anyway, when she is on mission to win hardcourt slam anyway.
Safina won 2 of last 3 matches against Kim before tuesdays "showdown" and whats happen there?
Zvonareva beat Kim twice in the row last summer, but at third, most important match (GS final) Kim trashed her.
Kleybanova humiliate Ana last season in Belgrade (FED) and Paris (RG), but she not take any single set in next 3 matches (simple Ivanovic played on higher level).

In Serena absence life-form Kim Clijsters is player to beat in Melbourne, and except Henin or Injury, I can't see anybody else able to stop her.

Roookie
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:09 AM
The bottom half is falling apart...everything is comming together for Kim. I can only see Vera or Sam beating her on her way to the final and those two must eliminated each other. Its just perfect.

alfonsojose
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:10 AM
Surprised no one has yet mentioned Peng beat Kim in straights and ended her hardcourt win streak in 05 and Kim tipped Peng to be a top 3 player. Peng can do it again, don't count her out.

Exactly. Peng is dangerous and with Alamgro banging her she feels like a bunny, energized all the time :p

Jajaloo
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:10 AM
Kim's draw would've probably been easier with JJ still in it...

AcesHigh
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:11 AM
:rolls: Like JJ and Kleybs would have beaten Kim anyway.

I'm happy for Aga though if she pulls through :) Nice little section for her.

Petrova and Stosur were bigger threats than JJ or Kleybs ever were this tournament.

Sp!ffy
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:11 AM
What do you guys think of Kvitova's chances?

Huge. I've been following Kvitova a lot recently and I think she could rip out Kim's wig.

cellophane
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:11 AM
Exactly. Peng is dangerous and with Alamgro banging her she feels like a bunny, energized all the time :p

:o

TheDream
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:17 AM
:rolls: Like JJ and Kleybs would have beaten Kim anyway.

I'm happy for Aga though if she pulls through :) Nice little section for her.

Petrova and Stosur were bigger threats than JJ or Kleybs ever were this tournament.

this is a retarded statement in regards to kleybanova. she beat kim before on her favorite surface and she was just a couple of points a way from beating kim last week. meanwhile, kleybanova had lost to sally peers the week before. so, her form one day is not indicative of what it would be the next day. so, saying that kleybanova had no chance to beat kim is really pushing. maybe a little unlikely, but kim is far from invincible here.

justineheninfan
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:19 AM
Kleybanova was a big threat to Kim if Kim was having an off day which she isnt immune to, especialy before the semis or finals.

SymphonyX
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:20 AM
Our hopes lie with Baroness Nads.

LefandePatty
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:23 AM
Surprised no one has yet mentioned Peng beat Kim in straights and ended her hardcourt win streak in 05 and Kim tipped Peng to be a top 3 player. Peng can do it again, don't count her out.

Definitely. :)

goldenlox
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:34 AM
MJMS could be a tough match, then Nadia. The semi vs Vera/Sam/Petra should be okay.
Its true her QF might be soft, Aga or Peng

justineheninfan
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:35 AM
I think Petrova and Zvonareva are her two biggest potential dangers left. Luckily for Kim I suspect Stosur will take out Vera for her, and Stosur is an easier opponent for her. Kvitova would be even easier, Kim's defense and combination of very consistent hard hitting is usually too much for a ball basher.

I cant see Kim losing in the final either unless maybe if she plays Henin.

NA-GOAT
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:36 AM
Petrova and Peng would be tough opponents for Kim :bigwave:

AcesHigh
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:36 AM
this is a retarded statement in regards to kleybanova. she beat kim before on her favorite surface and she was just a couple of points a way from beating kim last week. meanwhile, kleybanova had lost to sally peers the week before. so, her form one day is not indicative of what it would be the next day. so, saying that kleybanova had no chance to beat kim is really pushing. maybe a little unlikely, but kim is far from invincible here.

Kleybanova was a big threat to Kim if Kim was having an off day which she isnt immune to, especialy before the semis or finals.

In a slam QF, Kim is not losing to JJ or Kleybanova on a hardcourt. :shrug: At that point she only has 3 matches left to win for the title and I'm 100% sure Kim would throw the kitchen sink at them.

Like Serena, Venus and Henin.. if you want to upset Kim, better do it early or pray that she plays the worst match of her life. That or you'll just have to outplay her and that would take a monumental effort.

Summer_Snow
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:38 AM
Surely, must still keep an eye on Peng and Kvitova as well ;)

sammy01
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:42 AM
peng is absolutely no danger to kim, kim hits consistently round the outside of the ball on forehand and backhand getting great width. peng's movement isn't great and i have no doubt she would be on a piece of string vs kim if they played now.

hurricanejeanne
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:45 AM
I'd be more surprised if someone, anyone beats Saint Kim in Melbourne. It's her slam to lose. And based on the draw as it stands, she's still got this in the bag.

Sean.
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:45 AM
Just give her the title already. :lol:

goldenlox
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:46 AM
Her draw could have had Justine, Venus, instead of Nadia, Peng
But thats the luck of the draw.

AcesHigh
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:50 AM
Her draw could have had Justine, Venus, instead of Nadia, Peng
But thats the luck of the draw.

Venus and Henin are lucky they aren't facing Kim early. They still need matchplay to have a hope of beating her. Both are coming off of long breaks.

Keadz
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:52 AM
Now she is going to get Cornet in the 3rd round :help:...a bit too easy for me, probably not good when she plays a tougher oppenant.

Raiden
Jan 20th, 2011, 03:00 AM
:rolls: Like JJ and Kleybs would have beaten Kim anyway.

Petrova and Stosur were bigger threats than JJ or Kleybs ever were this tournament.Exactly! Those two are bigger threats during slams

"Kleybanova's a threat" LOLWUT?

Anyways, Justine all by herself makes Kim's draw infinitely more heavier than Serena's "mother of cakewalks" pussy draw at last year's Wimbledon
.

WonderfulLee
Jan 20th, 2011, 03:13 AM
Huge. I've been following Kvitova a lot recently and I think she could rip out Kim's wig.

yeah like US open 2010 when Kvitova lead 3-0 and then Kim won 12 games in a row!:lol:

tennisforadults
Jan 20th, 2011, 03:28 AM
Stosur could lose to Kvitova in round 3. Petra won their last match easily and this was at Roland Garros!!

Yes, because Kvitova is in hot form. But using that RG match as an indicator is irrelevant... it was before Sam worked out how to play properly on clay (pre-2009).

Mistress of Evil
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:24 AM
It's not like it's St. Kim's fault.

;)

TheDream
Jan 20th, 2011, 05:03 AM
In a slam QF, Kim is not losing to JJ or Kleybanova on a hardcourt. :shrug: At that point she only has 3 matches left to win for the title and I'm 100% sure Kim would throw the kitchen sink at them.

Like Serena, Venus and Henin.. if you want to upset Kim, better do it early or pray that she plays the worst match of her life. That or you'll just have to outplay her and that would take a monumental effort.

this really isnt true. according to her record, kim is most vulnerable in the latter half of slams sans the usopen. she's lost many quarters, semis, and finals that she could of won. the problem is that she charges through the opening rounds untested and then eventually falls to an in form player.

TheDream
Jan 20th, 2011, 05:07 AM
Exactly! Those two are bigger threats during slams

"Kleybanova's a threat" LOLWUT?

Anyways, Justine all by herself makes Kim's draw infinitely more heavier than Serena's "mother of cakewalks" pussy draw at last year's Wimbledon
.

nobody is saying kleybanova would have beaten kim. but, kleybanova was up 6-3, 4-1 against henin last year before henin came back.

the jamierbelyea
Jan 20th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Kim's never beaten Peng, obviously it would be Shuai's match to lose ;)

gc-spurs
Jan 20th, 2011, 09:59 AM
See, thats what happens when you're classy and nice to everyone- you get good draw karma!

TennisFan66
Jan 20th, 2011, 10:28 AM
Its called a draw for a reason. Its random and its hardly Kim's fault that some of the supposed 'favourites' arn't able to win their matches Vs lower ranked opponents.

Yes this years AO does feel rather top heavy. Its a draw. Its random. It happens.

it-girl
Jan 20th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Well the matches still have to be played, so only time will tell.

jrm
Jan 20th, 2011, 12:39 PM
When you play as good as Kim any draw is cakewalk :shrug:

the only that can beat Kim is Kim herself i guess

Curcubeu
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:01 PM
But is it really a harder draw if you face a higher ranked opponent who is out of form, instaed of an upcoming youngster? :shrug:

Shinjiro
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:04 PM
True that.

KClijsters
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:00 PM
Its called a draw for a reason. Its random and its hardly Kim's fault that some of the supposed 'favourites' arn't able to win their matches Vs lower ranked opponents.

Yes this years AO does feel rather top heavy. Its a draw. Its random. It happens.

Exactly! Caro's draw also isn't that difficult anymore with Justine and Venus out. But she can't help it that they are losing.

Hagar
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:16 PM
I'm a little bit worried coz each time Kim won a Grand Slam, she beat Venus. So maybe it is a bad sign that Venus is no longer there? I also don't like her to have too easy draws since the contrast with a heavyweight in the later rounds might be too big.
Anyway, whoever is still left in the draw deserves to be there. It is a Grand Slam, there are no presents. If you are still there, it means that you are playing well enough and are in good enough shape at that moment to be among the last 16. It's about winning the matches, not about the ranking.
My dark horse for this Australian Open is Li Na. If Kim faces her, she better brings her A-game. I also suspect that the Petrova match will be hard, that is of course on the condition that both reach the 4th round. Petrova knows she can beat Kim here and Kim might be nervous having last year's loss in mind.

Tony i-string
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:43 PM
Lets just hope she makes the final from the bottom half, no one else will even put up a fight in the final. *cough* mental midgets vera and sam *cough*

ClijstersGOAT
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:56 PM
Lets just hope she makes the final from the bottom half, no one else will even put up a fight in the final. *cough* mental midgets vera and sam *cough*

Zvonareva and Stosur are in Clijsters' half. :confused: She can't face them in the final.

Tony i-string
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:59 PM
Zvonareva and Stosur are in Clijsters' half. :confused: She can't face them in the final.

I meant no other 'contender' from the bottom half, i.e sam or vera, will put up a fight if they make the final instead of kim ;)

Serenita
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:11 PM
Huge. I've been following Kvitova a lot recently and I think she could rip out Kim's wig.
:devil:

First she needs to rip Stosurs wig.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:11 PM
I meant no other 'contender' from the bottom half, i.e sam or vera, will put up a fight if they make the final instead of kim ;)

its not like top half is stacked with mental giants or someone capable of winning 6-0 6-1

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:34 PM
I don't like the fact that it's an easy draw :scared:

ViceUltramontain
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:41 PM
Me neither. She'll find a way to lose.

FrOzon
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:20 PM
Cakewalk draw.

:help: 20 slams combined to 3 slams from the bottom half. How disgusting.

6 slams combined to 3 slams. Not so much of a difference anymore! ;)

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:22 PM
Well Venus got injured so she wasn't going to stop Kim in this shape and Justine played like crap... so I don't think so either... I fear Kim will crash out to someone like Peng or Petrova again :scared: