View Full Version : Serena Receives Wertheim Curse

May 25th, 2002, 05:05 AM
Below is Wertheim's analysis of RG ... We all know that the two biggest curses for Grand Slams are making the Tennis Magazine cover and getting picked by Wertheim to win. Well Jennifer received the Tennis Magazine RG Issue Cover Curse. Serena receives the Wertheim!!

I personally disagree with Wertheim's picks ... he completely ignores Venus and Amelie and does not even mention Mary as a dark horse :rolleyes: ... I bet any of us can write a better report than him! LOL!

1. Jennifer Capriati: Most oddsmakers like the defending champ to repeat. But J-Cap has lost her way a bit lately and the Williams sisters seem to have taken up tenancy in her head. What's more, one wonders what 2002 losses on clay to lesser lights like Patty Schnyder and Anna Smashnova have done for her confidence.

2. Venus Williams: This much we can assure: She'll do better than last year. Could conceivably win on power alone, but results in tuneups -- and the recurrence of her wrist injury -- suggest that if any Williams is going to win, it will be Serena. Path to the semis is uncluttered, but I smell an upset/injury.

3. Serena Williams: Hellbent on proving that she can play on clay. Quarterfinal showdown against Justine Henin may be the de facto final.

4. Kim Clijsters: If the body is willing -- a reasonably big if -- this could be her breakout Slam.

5. Justine Henin: Playing as well as anyone on clay, having beaten both Clijsters and Serena earlier this month. Should cruise through first week, but can her nerves handle what will come next?

6. Monica Seles: Her best chance to win a Slam is in Paris; alas, her game seems to have stagnated a bit after strong showing in Australia and Key Biscayne. Seles seldom loses early in Slams, but Angeles Montolio could make her work in Round 1.

7. Jelena Dokic: She overplays, she's nursing a nagging injury, and her father is a distraction. But Dokic always seems to play into the second week of Slams.

8. Sandrine Testud: Playing as well as ever, despite advancing age. Not a bona fide contender to win but, on the right day, could give a higher seed trouble. That said, don't be surprised if she falls to Paola Suarez in opener.

9. Silvia Farina Elia: An achievement that, at age 30, she's seeded this high. But she has yet to emerge as a threat to the top players. Will get an early test against hard-serving, if impatient, Elena Bovina in first round.

10. Amélie Mauresmo: Crowd favorite has the game to win, but first needs to exorcise last year's ghosts. She has a new coach, but does she have the survival instincts to play big when it matters? To date, there's been little indication.

11. Daniela Hantuchova: How will she handle being a high seed for first time? Her big game isn't particularly well-suited to clay, but she ought to survive the first three rounds on talent alone.

12. Meghann Shaughnessy: The book on her is out: attack the backhand. And that's more easily done on clay than hard courts. Plus, she comes in without a quality win in months.

13. Elena Dementieva: The what-have-you-done-for-me-lately meter is running perilously low. Overdue for a solid Slam performance, but likely faces Clijsters in fourth round.

14. Iroda Tulyaganova: A great player at random Tier IIIs; a cipher at Slams.

15. Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario: Days of being a credible contender are long past, but her backboard game and mastery of the black arts make her the most unenviable of opponents.

16. Barbara Schett: Best days are behind her, but Venus-slayer of 2001 can play on clay.


19. Anastasia Myskina: Lots of talent, currently being mined by groundstroke guru Robert Lansdorp.

20. Patty Schnyder: Like Forrest Gump's chocolates, you never know what you're getting, but, as she showed in Charleston, there's a lot in there somewhere.

21. Anna Smashnova: Swashbuckling Israeli playing the best tennis of her career.

27. Natalie Dechy: Streaky player capable of top-shelf tennis. A good bet to be the last French femme standing.

29. Iva Majoli: Back in the top 30, 1997 champ has never recaptured the magic, but her big game makes her dangerous.


Paola Suarez: Clay-court specialist could make a run if she beats Testud in first round.

(There ain't many, thanks to 32-seed field)

Farina Elia vs. Elena Bovina
Smashnova vs. Francesca Schiavone
Testud vs. Suarez


Semifinals: Capriati vs. Serena Williams, Clijsters vs. Seles
Final: Williams vs. Clijsters
Champion: Williams

May 25th, 2002, 05:36 AM
Oh, don't worry...Wertheim doesn't "curse" players.
Now, if it was Chris Evert saying this...then it's worrying time!