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ZeroSOFInfinity
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Wimbledon - Countdown: Women to watch

With the most open Wimbledon draw in years, Eurosport Yahoo! looks at the runners and riders heading into the All England Club.

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The favourite: Ana Ivanovic (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/3196.html)
The newly crowned French Open champion and world number one is quickly filling the power vacuum left by Justine Henin (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/1986.html)'s sudden retirement. Having claimed her first Grand Slam title in Paris at the start of the month, Ivanovic will look to improve on a semi-finals appearance at Wimbledon one year ago. Serbia's 20-year-old superstar withdrew from Eastbourne with a muscle injury, but that was likely just a precautionary measure as she is certain to be ready in time for the All England Club.

The also ran: Jelena Jankovic (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/2815.html)
A disappointing 2007 singles campaign has caused the Serbian and world number two to abandon her mixed doubles title defence with home favourite Jamie Murray in the hopes of securing greater solo spoils. The decision should help Jankovic improve on her fourth round showing at the All England Club. But unlike her younger compatriot, and despite her world number two ranking, the 23-year-old has yet to truly crack into the big time, falling four times in Grand Slam semi-finals in the past two years. Whether or not she's able to make that final breakthrough in such an open and dangerous field is a matter of debate.

The champion: Venus Williams (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/334.html)
The six-time finalist and current holder came out of absolutely nowhere in 2005 and 2007 to storm to two of her four Wimbledon trophies. The American will have to do the same again after going well under the radar in 2008. Her disappointing French Open result was not surprising, and though she has yet to win a title this year Venus is perfectly capable of usurping the form sheet yet again.

Will she or wont she: Serena Williams (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/333.html)
Still viewed as the more likely of the legendary sisters to find her form and swoop to a third All England title, Serena will also come into this year's tournaments with a host of questions. Is she fit, is she focused enough on her tennis, will she actually perform to her brilliant abilities? The American number one is still capable of greatness, as she proved at last year's Australian Open and at the start of this year's campaign when she won three consecutive titles. But will that potential shine through on the grassy centre court at SW19?

The girl named Maria: Maria Sharapova (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/1500000000003013.html)
The Russian superstar started the 2008 season in equally spectacular fashion as she ended her 2007 campaign - winning a third career Grand Slam title with her first Australian Open triumph. But the world number three has once again tapered off, crashing out of the French in the last 16 to eventual runner-up Dinara Safina (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/1500000000003014.html) and losing her number one ranking to Ana Ivanovic just one tournament after taking it from the retired Justine Henin. Still, the 2004 champion is a threat in any Grand Slam and a definite title contender.

The sleeper part two: Dinara Safina
The shock French Open finalist had a brilliant claycourt season, earning astonishing come-from-behind upsets of Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/971.html) at Roland Garros and beating Justine Henin in the Belgian's last-ever match in Berlin. But Marat's hot-headed lil' sis has never been able to translate her game to grass, with a third-round performance her best ever result at the All England Club. The Russian will likely have to wait until Flushing Meadows if she's to make another sleeper run through a Grand Slam draw.

Ms. Consistency (Er... what???) : Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/500000000002890.html)
The three-time quarter-finalist has never been spectacular on this surface, but is solid enough to make a run at any Grand Slam. A devastating 6-3 6-2 loss to Russian compatriot Safina in the French semis won't likely affect the tough-minded 22-year-old's morale ahead of Wimbledon.

Ms. Inconsistency: Elena Dementieva
If she can hold her nerve and serve, Dementieva could be a true contender at every major. But her capitulation to Safina while leading by a set and 5-2 in the second set, though exactly similar to Sharapova's loss against Safina, is more indicative of mental weakness in Dementieva than it is in the three-time Grand Slam champion. Where her head is at when she comes to SW19 will have a major impact on her game and could have a big effect on the tournament.

The star in waiting: Agnieszka Radwanska (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/3359.html)
The Polish teenager is coming to age at just the right time, with several notable retirements, including Justine Henin and Martina Hingis (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/227.html), opening the door for a new generation of stars. Though her upset of then defending champion Maria Sharapova at Flushing Meadows last year was a shock, nobody should be surprised by Radwanska now. A big-hitter in the mould of Sharapova and a former Junior champion at the All England Club, the world number 14 certainly has what it takes to one day become a Wimbledon star.

The fallen finalist: Marion Bartoli (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/500000000002891.html)
Last year's runner-up overcame Jankovic and Henin on her way to a shock final appearance last year. But the Frenchwoman has struggled horribly since, and her recent second-round exit after receiving a bye at Birmingham does not bode well for her chances in Southwest London.

The rest: Former champions Lindsay Davenport (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/196.html) and Amelie Mauresmo (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/259.html) have struggled to overcome injuries, but could have a part to play. Nicole Vaidisova reached the quarter-finals last year, as did Michaella Krajicek (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/3005.html) but neither has performed well this season. Russians Anna Chakvetadze (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/3158.html) and Vera Zvonareva (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/2767.html) could take advantage of high seeds, as could Hungarian number one Daniela Hantuchova (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/2418.html), while French teenager Alize Cornet is very well suited for grass.

ANY COMMENTS? :wavey:

Nikkiri
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:08 AM
Oh no they called Ana the favourite.. people here won't like that. :rolleyes:

Talita Kumi
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:09 AM
Ms. Consistency (Er... what???) : Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/500000000002890.html)
The three-time quarter-finalist has never been spectacular on this surface, but is solid enough to make a run at any Grand Slam. A devastating 6-3 6-2 loss to Russian compatriot Safina in the French semis won't likely affect the tough-minded 22-year-old's morale ahead of Wimbledon.

:spit::sobbing:

goldlion
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:10 AM
This is a completely pointless prediction. They should have a more thorough look over different players and their games, rather than focusing on current results.

Who doesn't know that we should keep our eyes on top players?

Craig.
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:11 AM
Oh no they called Ana the favourite.. people here won't like that. :rolleyes:

I think they meant favorite as in the top seed. ;)

Oh, and Maria's winning this. I just have this feeling.

Dan23
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:13 AM
This is a completely pointless prediction. They should have a more thorough look over different players and their games, rather than focusing on current results.

Who doesn't know that we should keep our eyes on top players?
Yeah all they needed to say was "See rankings and past winners" :p

beatlessub
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:17 AM
ummm daniela is from slovakia i think
not hungary

oleada
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Agnieszka, a hard hitter! :lol:

svetaisthebest
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:21 AM
:spit::sobbing:

i know :lol: :lol: :tape: :bigcry:

hacberto
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:24 AM
People doesn't get it do they. They have underestimated Venus in 05 and 07 because of her French Open results and you saw what Happened...

2005 Wimbledon Champion
2007 Wimbledon Champion

Pasta-Na
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:31 AM
Is Martina Navratilova working for Eurosport now? :tape:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Derek.
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:34 AM
"Hungarian number one Daniela Hantuchova" :lol:

Dan23
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Agnieszka, a hard hitter! :lol:
seems thats the standard description to use when the writer knows nothing about the player :lol: hoping no-one will notice

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:45 AM
Wimbledon - Countdown: Women to watch

as could Hungarian number one Daniela Hantuchova (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/2418.html),
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:fiery:

For once and for all, Dani isnt russian isnt swedish isnt georgian isnt Hungarian SHES F***ing SLOVAKIAN

jfk
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Cornet is well suited to grass? Radwanska is a future Wimbledon star? HUH?

oleada
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:43 AM
To be fair, Radwanska did win Wimbledon Juniors a few years back.

goldlion
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:19 AM
To be fair, Radwanska did win Wimbledon Juniors a few years back.

So as Caroline.

OsloErik
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:25 AM
People doesn't get it do they. They have underestimated Venus in 05 and 07 because of her French Open results and you saw what Happened...

2005 Wimbledon Champion
2007 Wimbledon Champion

But that doesn't make her the favorite! You can't ever discout either sister, but being a favorite for the title is about more than what you did a year ago, or what you have been capable of doing. For as many years as Venus has entered Wimbledon off form and won it ('05, '07) there are years where she entered Wimbledon kind of in form and lost it ('04 and '06 after reaching the French Open quarters).

She's too unpredictable to credibly tap to win the title until you see her get past the first two or three players unless she's playing like she did in 2000-2003. And she's not, so I cannot accept anyone calling her "the favorite" until I've seen her get to the 4th round.

faboozadoo15
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:28 AM
:haha: This is worse than ESPN.

spiritedenergy
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:20 AM
even though I hope they are right about the prediction:drool:, this article is full of :bs:

Serena's Hubby
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:26 AM
Is Martina Navratilova working for Eurosport now? :tape:

:lol::lol::lol::lol:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:28 AM
who likes my new avi

kittyking
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:31 AM
:fiery:

For once and for all, Dani isnt russian isnt swedish isnt georgian isnt Hungarian SHES F***ing SLOVAKIAN

I thought she was Slovakian Virgin :shrug:

DimaDinosaur
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:38 AM
"as could Hungarian number one Daniela Hantuchova, "

SHUT YO MOUTH :speakles:

jbeacinu
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:56 AM
this is worse than Yahoo! Sports doing scorelines

kittyking
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:19 AM
Not too long until the Womens draw comes out :D

ViennaCalling
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:24 AM
Hungarian Number One Dani?
Hard-Hitter Agnieszka?
Miss-Consistency Sveta?

:tape:

young_gunner913
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:00 AM
This is why I never really pay attention to what Yahoo! tennis predictions say. They really don't know what the hell they are talking about in tennis. Number one Hungarian, Hantuchova? I mean come on, that takes like what, 4.5 seconds to look up on YAHOO?! :rolleyes:

Alexj
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:03 AM
Radwanska is definitely the hardest hitter on the tour right now :rolleyes:

G&R
Jun 19th, 2008, 08:48 AM
who likes my new avi

I love it!!

Vulturepova
Jun 19th, 2008, 08:54 AM
Safina :spit: on grass? :haha:
Wow, this guy really knows his stuff! He even knows about Daniela's top secret defection to Hungary that nobody else is aware of :tape:

papru
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:08 AM
The Star in waiting :drool:

bwahahahahaha
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:36 AM
:spit::spit::spit:

BartoliBabes
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:39 AM
who wrote this? they don't have a notion

InsideOut.
Jun 19th, 2008, 11:26 AM
The big-hitting Radwanska in the mould of Sharapova :tape:
Hungarian number one Daniela Hantuchova :eek:
Cornet's game well suited to grass :lol:
Ms. Consistency Sveta :o

They might as well call Bartoli a moonballer.

Dawson.
Jun 19th, 2008, 11:43 AM
wow, the writers do not know a thing about tennis!

Sexysova
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:38 PM
this guy really doesn't seem to know anything about tennis :tape: :help:

Cp6uja
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Before start of Europian Red Clay season this year Eurosport present some so stupid "Claycourt ranking" (where Flavia Penneta is promoted in RG/08 TOP5 contenders and for example winning some tier-III treated same like reach RG final :tape:) that i must react and create new thread here about that subject with of course totaly different rules and order.

But this time i will forgive Eurosport if they have some mistakes in Wimbledon preview :devil:

ilovethewilliams
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:18 PM
what a piece of shit.. The williams sisters can and easily will blow ana off the runaway. Far as favoriate goes right now you have to get with Venus. Until Venus lose I think she's the favoriate.

Slutiana
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:37 PM
:haha::haha:

LCS
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Elena Ms inconsistency? :weirdo: she's been one of the most consistent for the last few years...morons

Slutiana
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:39 PM
The big-hitting Radwanska in the mould of Sharapova :tape:
Hungarian number one Daniela Hantuchova :eek:
Cornet's game well suited to grass :lol:
Ms. Consistency Sveta :o

They might as well call Bartoli a moonballer.
A speedy moonballer. :shrug:

OsloErik
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:51 PM
what a piece of shit.. The williams sisters can and easily will blow ana off the runaway. Far as favoriate goes right now you have to get with Venus. Until Venus lose I think she's the favoriate.

Until Venus hits the 4th round, there is no favorite. Nobody who has won the event is coming in with good form. Until someone shows good form, there is no favorite.