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pierce0415
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:49 AM
Obviously I was going to make a SHOWDOWN thread for this match :cool: . The defending champion Serena Williams faces a tough opening match to open up her defense of the title. With her own injury and fitness problems, Na Li is not the type of player that Serena would like to open up against. She is powerful and can go blow for blow with Serena from the baseline, as she did with Lindsay at the USO 1R. She is also fast. Serena's serve was in havoc against double fault queen Dementieva at Hong Kong. If Serena has not fully recovered, she is looking at duplicating Sveta's USO and Nastya's FO feat of losing 1R and a ranking in the fourties :tape:

Na, bad luck with draw again but you can definitely beat Serena. http://www.cnhubei.com/images/200501/xiaying0501100.JPGhttp://www.functionx.com/people/swilliams/swilliams2.gif

croat123
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:50 AM
na definately has a chance...but it really all depends on how serena plays

No Name Face
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:51 AM
serena i think...prolly in three sets

-VSR-
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:52 AM
I think Serena can win it, we haven't really seen her play since 2005. Hong Kong was not taken serious by her at all, that is for sure. You really can't tell. I hope she is ready to go.

franny
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:53 AM
I doubt Li would win. Serena will show up. We should be able to see a Sharapova-Williams fourth round clash.

Wannabeknowitall
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:56 AM
Umm...Well Myskina and Kuznetsova lost to people who's biggest wins in their career will be those.
Na Li is projected to be a top 20 or even top 10 player.
She played Lindsay close at US Open 1st round last year. Could be even closer at AO.

eugreene2
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Didn't this girl just lose 2 and 2 to Pennetta at Gold Coast?

blumaroo
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:07 AM
Na Li is such a good player. She needs a good coach I think to fulfill her potential. What a bad draw for her. DId she draw Sharapova in the second round last year?
I think Serena will win. She has never lost in the first round and she really wouldn't participate if she thought she couldn't win a match. But Im rooting for Na Li.

jamatthews
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:07 AM
Didn't this girl just lose 2 and 2 to Pennetta at Gold Coast?

Nope she just beat Pennetta 4 and 1 at Sydney...;)

Wannabeknowitall
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:10 AM
Didn't this girl just lose 2 and 2 to Pennetta at Gold Coast?

Didn't Li Na beat Pennetta less than 6 days after that lost?

eugreene2
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:12 AM
Well that shows her inconsistency. She stays with Davey at the Open 4 and 4. Then a couple weeks later lost to her 2 and 2.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:27 AM
Serena is a different player in the slams. She was totally on her way out in the first round of Wimbledon 2005 and Australian Open 2003, but in both of those matches, she found a way to win. Something that the Russians aren't as great at. Serena hasn't lost in the first round of a slam EVER! Something I don't think any other active multiple slam champion has achieved (maybe except for Davenport and Pierce). She looks like she is rounding into form, and remember, Serena is most dangerous when underestimated. However, no one will know until the match happens. So I'm just biding my time until then.

My prediction:

Serena wins: 7-6 5-7 6-3

matthias
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:28 AM
Na Li will upset the defending Champion

DomenicDemaria
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:37 AM
Serena has a very very tough match. I think Serena will win in a tight 3 set battle. 5-7, 6-4, 7-5

silverwhite
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:37 AM
Noo... Not a good draw for Rena. :(

le bon vivant
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:38 AM
Serena Williams has never lost in the 1st round of a slam before in her entire life.

Hachiko
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:41 AM
Na, 4:6, 6:3, 6:4.

eugreene2
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:46 AM
Na Li must be a beast. Didn't she just lose to an injured Clijsters 3-6, 1-6

pcrtennis
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:48 AM
Na Li must be a beast. Didn't she just lose to an injured Clijsters 3-6, 1-6


A beast? what?

Clijsters wasn't injured then...Na was off and tired...she's a big-hitter.

Na in this one 6-3, 7-6(5)

Knizzle
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:56 AM
Serena in two. The guy said she was hitting the ball well. That's all she'll need against Na.

Modiac.
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:11 AM
Na can beat Serena.Because i think Serena's form is not so good as before,but Na is a increasing player~.

careyscott
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:28 AM
Serena. Na seems a litte overhyped to me. Serena in 2.

Slumpsova
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:17 AM
this match :scared: me.
poor Serena :crying2:

ozstyl
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:51 AM
Serena in 3..
I'll be there cheering her on, I hope she can do it.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:54 AM
People are underestimating Serena, same thing happened last year in OZ and look what happened.....crow eating Bud Collins, Mary Carillo, Dick Enberg, Pam Shriver, and many trolls on this board. :wavey:

LucasArg
Jan 13th, 2006, 06:32 AM
Serena will win in 2 sets.
I see a lot of people says she is in bad shape and she can't get a win in this form.
In last year's Aus Open, she started playing badly and finished winning the title.
I can't take her out. She is a big fighter.

Matze
Jan 13th, 2006, 06:45 AM
No, Serena will crush Na Li!!! I´m sure...

Chance
Jan 13th, 2006, 07:03 AM
I saw Li play Kim and I was impressed with Li, she's brave and goes for her shots-she hit more winners than Kim, her return was good and her serve is not that bad. However she doesn't play the important points well, her inexperience shows through.

If Rena is off it might be a tight match, but Serena's game,fight and desire will pull through.
I wonder if Rena's booming serve is back....

Libertango
Jan 13th, 2006, 09:25 AM
Poor Na, she always has such terrible draws. I'd love her to actually beat one of these top players, because I real feel she is capable and has a chance. Go Na! :hearts:

Marcus1979
Jan 13th, 2006, 09:49 AM
if Serena plays anywhere near the level we see her in slams Li will not have a chance and will be wiped off the court in under and hour.

if she is off her game it could be a 3 setter that could go either way

bandabou
Jan 13th, 2006, 11:14 AM
Anybody seen Serena lately? How does she look? Fit, ready? That loss to Dementieva is troublesome. I hope she'll come ready and prepared.

Markus
Jan 13th, 2006, 11:24 AM
i am really scared that serena will loose first time in a first round grand slam. after her previous perfomances it's definitive possible. hopefully serena proves me wrong!

jonny84
Jan 13th, 2006, 11:49 AM
Na is a strong opponent.

I think it will be close but Serena will still win it.

3-6 7-6 7-5

Principessa
Jan 13th, 2006, 12:15 PM
:o some of you are really underestimating Serena.
She may not be in top form, but I'm sure she'll win this match.

iine:
Jan 13th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Serena in straight sets. ;)

Ellery
Jan 13th, 2006, 12:40 PM
Na in 3 sets.

diekedelver
Jan 13th, 2006, 12:49 PM
Rena 6-1 6-0 ;)

Lachrymarum
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:29 PM
Serena. Na seems a litte overhyped to me. Serena in 2.
I hate to say it but I think you're right. A little overhyped but I'll still be cheering for her. ;)

marmite1
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Go Na!

tenn_ace
Jan 13th, 2006, 01:37 PM
Li has no weapons to hurt Serena except for consistency. If Serena is smart and not spraying the balls, she should win comfortably in 2 sets

davidmario
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Na will win like 6-3 6-4...

Paneru
Jan 13th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Serena!

How easy or difficult it
will be solely in her hands.

darrinbaker00
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:29 PM
I say Serena in straights because, first and foremost, she's that much better than Li. Also, as many people have pointed out, Serena would need a map to find the top 20 if she loses, and she's not about to let that happen without a fight.

Pengwin
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:43 PM
Li has no weapons to hurt Serena except for consistency. If Serena is smart and not spraying the balls, she should win comfortably in 2 sets

Li Na is less consistant than Serena :cuckoo:

Ballbasher
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:50 PM
Sun could beat Serena,too Why not Na?
But I think Serena 1-6 7-5 6-0 ;)

SelesFan70
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:00 PM
Serena wins 7-5, 6-2 :wavey:

LeRoy.
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:47 PM
Serena in two. She has NEVER lost in the 1 rd of a GS before and something tells me that isn't gonna change soon :)

serenafan08
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:51 PM
Serena wins 7-6, 7-5. She's tough to beat in the first round of Grand Slams - that's why she's never lost in the first round. If she's going to lose at this tournament, it won't be in this match.

andrewC
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:59 PM
Didn't this girl just lose 2 and 2 to Pennetta at Gold Coast?

yeh, but then the next week na beat her 4 and 1 at Sydney

andrewC
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:01 PM
Na Li must be a beast. Didn't she just lose to an injured Clijsters 3-6, 1-6


you're determined to say Na is rubbish arent you! Ah well, entitled to your opinion. should be a fun match if th eUE's are kept low

Billy Moonshine
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:31 PM
Serena 6-3 6-4
She will be hungry and motivated and will cut down on errors. I hope.
I think she will have been doing some serious thinking over the last few weeks. I hope she will have decided that what she wants is a glorious tennis career and not a mediocre acting/ fashion one.
Of course this is all my imagination and what i wish for her. If she does give an error prone performance and injury/ lack of fitness takes its toll and Li plays to her potential resulting in a Li victory, I think we will see a super strong Serena winning Wimbledon in 2006. This kind of loss will be too much too bear on top of all the other disspiriting ones and will be the final straw! ( although that should really have been the loss in Beijing.....)
Good luck Serena!

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:33 PM
Na has a chance!

Serena could have had a much better draw in the opening round

Simplicity
Jan 13th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Serena Wins 6-0 5-0 40-0 ret. Serena will win the 1st 47 points ;)

Simplicity
Jan 13th, 2006, 06:30 PM
How big is Na's serve? She needs to gte a high serve percentage to have a good chance. Serena WILL attack anything below 125 mph. So she is in some deep trouble if she can't produce anything higher :o

Simplicity
Jan 13th, 2006, 06:33 PM
How fast is na's serve? Serena WILL attack anything below 125 mph. So if Na's serve is below that.. She is in some toruble :smash:

Pengwin
Jan 13th, 2006, 07:30 PM
How fast is na's serve? Serena WILL attack anything below 125 mph. So if Na's serve is below that.. She is in some toruble :smash:

It reminds me of Sabatini's serve, I dunno why. It's not really like it.

It's pretty slow and she chokes a lot (like at 40-0 back to deuce), but her groundstrokes are really big, and she plays (apart from serve) a lot like Davenport.

morningglory
Jan 13th, 2006, 07:42 PM
Li Na in 3 around the score of 63 26 64

Sammm
Jan 13th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Serena should win, but I think it might be three sets:
4-6, 6-1, 6-3

jogoss_78
Jan 13th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Serena will win in 2 :)
So many people want Serena to lose :rolleyes:

Wsisters45
Jan 13th, 2006, 08:42 PM
Serena 6-3 6-2 :D She'll be a little rusty and sloppy at times,but she'll cruise when it matters. Go Serena!

darrinbaker00
Jan 13th, 2006, 10:12 PM
How big is Na's serve? She needs to gte a high serve percentage to have a good chance. Serena WILL attack anything below 125 mph. So she is in some deep trouble if she can't produce anything higher :o
Holy hyperbole, Batman! Serena is a great returner, but ONE-TWENTY-FOUR and below? Come on, now.

Drake1980
Jan 13th, 2006, 10:13 PM
I hope Serena wins but it's going to be tough!

SAEKeithSerena
Jan 14th, 2006, 01:57 AM
serena in three sets. i couldn't bear to watch her lose, i really couldn't.

le bon vivant
Jan 14th, 2006, 01:58 AM
Holy hyperbole, Batman! Serena is a great returner, but ONE-TWENTY-FOUR and below? Come on, now.

Have you not seen her return winners on Venus' first serves? :confused:

TeamUSA#1
Jan 14th, 2006, 02:07 AM
Serena could of got a better draw.....
On talent alone Serena should win, but I worry about her knee, and she hasn't played any tennis worth note for over a year...... She needs to be really focused.

Come on Serena, get this party started!

DevilishAttitude
Jan 14th, 2006, 10:13 AM
Serena fans you really have little to worry about.

Even if na gets close to winning *Which is very unlikely* She will likely choke.

Unless Serena retires injured there's only 1 winner.

Serena wins 6-1 7-5 :lol: :)