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*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:29 AM
Apparently we have no clay specialists in WTA like Nadal in ATP. There is no favorite.

The current Top 10

01
Caroline Wozniacki
points: 9740
best result: QF 2010

02
Kim Clijsters
Points: 8145
Best Result: Final 2001, 2003

03
Vera Zvonareva
Points: 7815
best Result: QF 2003

04
Francesca Schiavone
Points: 5171
Best Result: Winner 2010

05
Samantha Stosur
Points:4606
Best Result: Final 2010

06
Victoria Azarenka
Points: 4470
Best Result: QF 2009

07
Na Li
Points: 4300
Best Result: 4R 2009

08
Jelena Jankovic
Points: 4155
Best Result: SF (2007, 2008, 2010)

09
Maria Sharapova
Points: 3726
Best Result: SF 2007

10
Serena Williams
Pionts: 3035
Best Result: Winner 2002

BlueTrees
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:31 AM
Stosur. :oh:

Henpova
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:31 AM
JJ will.....but it is to early to tell

BlueTrees
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:32 AM
Kim lost in 2001 final by the way, not 2002.

LindsayRulz
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:34 AM
Roland Garros ;)

And Clijsters reached the final in 2001, 2002 was an all-Williams final.

Vartan
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:36 AM
Maria Sharapova, obviously.

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:37 AM
Roland Garros ;)

And Clijsters reached the final in 2001, 2002 was an all-Williams final.

Kim lost in 2001 final by the way, not 2002.

Sorry. I changed it.

fifty-fifty
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:37 AM
Serena's actually plans to play RG?

BlueTrees
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:39 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam here this year.

Alejandrawrrr
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:41 AM
GOATrena will withdraw, then re-enter at the last minute and win without dropping a game set - and all this with no matchplay since last July :drool:

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:44 AM
Maria Sharapova, obviously.

It is not only the only slam that she hasn't won, she has never reached the final.

I wouldn't be surprised if Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam here this year.

I would be surprised.

JJ will.....but it is to early to tell

I don't think Jankovic is going to reach the QF.

BlueTrees
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:50 AM
I would be surprised.

So who wouldn't you be surprised to see win?

ZAK
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:56 AM
So who wouldn't you be surprised to see win?

Yeah, exactly. There aren't really any 'good bets'

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:57 AM
So who wouldn't you be surprised to see win?

No one. There is no clear favorite. Whoever plays the tourney of her life is going to win. Just like Fran last year.

Optima
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:57 AM
Jelena, if she can finally wrap her head around winning a big one, finally.

Stern
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:58 AM
Clijsters

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:03 AM
Who in your opinion is the best Clay player from the top 10?

darrinbaker00
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:08 AM
Who is going to win Roland Garros? Whoever wins seven matches. Next topic, please.

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:16 AM
Who is going to win Roland Garros? Whoever wins seven matches. Next topic, please.

This is my first thread http://www.r1000r.com/Smiles/smiles/17/48e5ec5b5dd1c0c68cf36aa1efefc05b.gif (http://www.r1000r.com) http://www.r1000r.com/Smiles/smiles/17/cc40430b91303fbaf8267b3cd0c41034.gif (http://www.r1000r.com)

Le Tenisse
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:23 AM
Oudin :p

Keadz
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:27 AM
Who is going to win Roland Garros? Whoever wins seven matches. Next topic, please.

And who do you think will be in good enough form to win those seven matches??

I'll go for Kim, just because...she probably will.

darrinbaker00
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:41 AM
And who do you think will be in good enough form to win those seven matches??

I'll go for Kim, just because...she probably will.

I have no idea. I just hope to have fun watching, unlike Indian Wells and Miami. The women had more than their share of ugly matches during those two tournaments.

MB.
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:42 AM
Na Li. Isn't it obvious?


...Jeca. :oh:

networthy
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:58 AM
This is my first thread http://www.r1000r.com/Smiles/smiles/17/48e5ec5b5dd1c0c68cf36aa1efefc05b.gif (http://www.r1000r.com) http://www.r1000r.com/Smiles/smiles/17/cc40430b91303fbaf8267b3cd0c41034.gif (http://www.r1000r.com)

:hug:

And in response to the thread title: Not Schiavone, unfortunately--as much as I'd love for her to repeat.

Rex59
Apr 7th, 2011, 06:14 AM
Venus

Buitenzorg
Apr 7th, 2011, 06:17 AM
maybe Stosur

2009 was SEMIFINALIST
2010 was RUNNER UP
2011 ???CHAMPION???

justineheninfan
Apr 7th, 2011, 07:27 AM
Clijsters 45%
Wozniacki 35%
Schiavone 10%
everyone else combined 10%

Henpova
Apr 7th, 2011, 07:29 AM
It is not only the only slam that she hasn't won, she has never reached the final.



I would be surprised.



I don't think Jankovic is going to reach the QF.

Wow yes because it is always a shock if the number one player in the world won a major!!!


Also Jankovic has been in the SF three time at RG, one being last year her worst tennis year since 2005. So I would put money down that she will make the RG QF. Not saying she will win RG but she can. I am saying if she dose not get hurt she will be in the 2nd week....

QuietPlease
Apr 7th, 2011, 07:35 AM
Caroline, unless she'll get burned out by all the tournaments she's entered :(

Sally Todd
Apr 7th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Jesus, tough crowd, Khorkina Queen was just starting a thread.

I agree that Wozniacki winning would -- or should -- be a surprise. Though clay would seem to reward her consistency, it also exposes weaknesses in her movement and she's capable of being overwhelmed by a strong claycourter the same way she can be beat by a powerful hard court player.

Of the names on the list, I'd most like to see Stosur win, because she played fantastic tennis in the Charleston final last year (some of the best WTA tennis in 2010), as well as against Henin and Serena at the French. It would have been robbery for her to have lost that final if Schiavone didn't play such a gutsy inspired match.

I wouldn't completely count out Safina making a run, though the title is another story. And I want Warsaw GoAT Dulgheru to invade Paris. But the winner seems random right now. That's the WTA for you.

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Wait, wait... Where is Dulgheru? She has more chances to win this than Sharapova and Na Li... Ah, it's only top 10.

So, the answer is Dulgheru :dance:

Mistress of Evil
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:02 AM
None of the above :scratch: Should have had an option "Others". ;) I mean its the French the fluke winners and one-slam wonders happen there. :yeah: Anyway, there is too much time till end of May and many things can happen, including injuries. :unsure: Voted for Clijsters. :)

tea
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:11 AM
This is my first thread http://www.r1000r.com/Smiles/smiles/17/48e5ec5b5dd1c0c68cf36aa1efefc05b.gif (http://www.r1000r.com) http://www.r1000r.com/Smiles/smiles/17/cc40430b91303fbaf8267b3cd0c41034.gif (http://www.r1000r.com)
:lol::hug:

I'll tell you the usual pre-Slam procedure on TF. We wait until someone wins a tournament on clay (better two, but not required). Then we start a thread "Player X is going to win Roland Garros" and making a couple of hundreds of nonsensical posts in it.


I agree that Wozniacki winning would -- or should -- be a surprise. Though clay would seem to reward her consistency, it also exposes weaknesses in her movement and she's capable of being overwhelmed by a strong claycourter the same way she can be beat by a powerful hard court player.

You disappoint me.:(

When people say these sorta things I always like to address them to the bookies who must be total idiots putting her as #1 favourite.

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:23 AM
:lol::hug:

I'll tell you the usual pre-Slam procedure on TF. We wait until someone wins a tournament on clay (better two, but not required). Then we start a thread "Player X is going to win Roland Garros" and making a couple of hundreds of nonsensical posts in it.


No, no, no...

Usual pre-Slam procedure on TF looks different. It's enough to write: "Prediction. Player X is going to win, lose, injured, whatever". Something like this can be start any moment, but it's good to start this after Slam, which is before the correct Slam. So it looks weird when you write "Pironkova will win US Open 2013", but if you write "Pironkova is going to win Roland Garros 2011" it's correct, but without any sense.

rimon
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:36 AM
RG is far and away the most up for grabs GS these days, seeing that Justine is retired. IMO, Kim will be really eager to win, as I am sure that she wants the career slam, and it isn't actually all that far out of reach, with the tour as it is today. I think that she will, but it's not a sure thing like it was in the USO or AO. I give Stosur a good chance, and Fran. I can't see any of those three not winning.

Huntress55
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:39 AM
If Sam can gain some momentum is these lead up tournies I think she has a good chance to win it :D

OneSlamWonder
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:50 AM
It's JJ time!!! She always plays better on clay than on other surfaces, and is not in bad for either. It does depend on form of other players but honestly she has the upper hand in this. :devil:

Serena_Williams_
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:14 AM
Serena will play on one leg with a broken racquet and win

J4m3ka
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:27 AM
Unfortunately I find it hard to see anybody else apart from Medusa lifting the RG trophy with the current joke of a clay court field. At Paris it is very hard to bet against a player with a robotic topspin forehand who camps behind the baseline running everything down - ŗ la Nadull. Add to that opponents who mysteriously choke at the sight of you and you suddenly become hard to beat.

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Unfortunately I find it hard to see anybody else apart from Medusa lifting the RG trophy with the current joke of a clay court field. At Paris it is very hard to bet against a player with a robotic topspin forehand who camps behind the baseline running everything down - ŗ la Nadull. Add to that opponents who mysteriously choke at the sight of you and you suddenly become hard to beat.

Who is Medusa?

DownInAHole
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:45 AM
Who is Medusa?

Kim Clijsters.

!VamosRafa!
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Maybe...
Kim,because she's "motivated"in Slams
Caro...another cakewalk draw...
a former champion?Who knows?

Tezuka.
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Yaroslava Shvedova :drool::D

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Kim Clijsters.

Why is she called Medusa :scratch:

DownInAHole
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:52 AM
Why is she called Medusa :scratch:

You know, I can't say for certain but I am guessing because of her stare.

Corswandt
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:52 AM
Who is going to win Roland Garros?

Magdalena Rybarikova. Without dropping a set.

DownInAHole
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:00 PM
Magdalena Rybarikova. Without dropping a set.

Thanks for the tip, I am going to make an ass load of cash on this bet.:)

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:01 PM
You can also tip Alexandra Dulgheru ;)

Elenarulez
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:12 PM
Alexandra Stevenson.

tennis-insomniac
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:28 PM
Ana Ivanovic ! :drool:

it'd be great if Dinara will have great clay season and RG too

Hian
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Fran :)
Who voted for overranked Stosur? :spit:

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:45 PM
You can also tip Alexandra Dulgheru ;)

I could only put 10. So I chose the top 10.

QuietPlease
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:47 PM
Less than 5% thinks the champion is gonna defend her title!

Well, I dont think she will either.

peanuts
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Magdalena Rybarikova. Without dropping a set.

:spit:

My guess is Polona Hercog and her BH of doom. :oh:

Break My Rapture
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:05 PM
Nadia Petrova. :hi5:

CR3WLFC
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:19 PM
Maria Sharapova

The 2nd Law
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Kim.

Craig.
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Claypova :cheer:

Beat
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:38 PM
nobody off that list looks like a proper favourite.

Lapaco
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:41 PM
what a mess

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:44 PM
I want to see their form coming into late May.
Things were consistent until Miami.
Kim & Caro won everything after Wimbledon over Tier 2.
But clay might bring in a different contender or 2

Reptilia
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:47 PM
Caro.

Hian
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:50 PM
Stosur has more votes than Vika, Fran, Vera and Masha :weirdO:
Stosur obsessed fans :hug:

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Stosur has more votes than Vika, Fran, Vera and Masha :weirdO:
Stosur obsessed fans :hug:

I'm not surprised Maria has less votes than Sam. It's obvious she won't win Roland Garros. And I don't care about others - Vika will be sick, or something like that, Vera will have mental problems as she always have. And Fran lost against Aga.

mb011
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:13 PM
Jelena j, who else?

toxina90
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:25 PM
Wow yes because it is always a shock if the number one player in the world won a major!!!


Also Jankovic has been in the SF three time at RG, one being last year her worst tennis year since 2005. So I would put money down that she will make the RG QF. Not saying she will win RG but she can. I am saying if she dose not get hurt she will be in the 2nd week....

I'm pretty hopeful as she did play horribly last year but somehow picked it up on the clay. Hopefully she can rely on RG for a deep run again.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:26 PM
hopefully Dinara draws Wozniacki or Stosur in 1st rd

MaBaker
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:32 PM
Someone random. Dulko probably.

sammy01
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:41 PM
who knows. i am hoping kim will set her mind on winning it but with her these days who knows?

caro could do it but then she would need a soft draw and true claycourters to be out of form or not in her draw. one thing is if caro does win she wont do it with inspired play like fran last year, it will be grinding matches against the usual braindead bunch.

stosur will feel the pressure i feel and not do well.

jj could easily win it if she has any sort of form going, but with her you never know.

Olůrin
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:45 PM
I had a weird feeling reading this thread, whereby I want JJ to win :eek:
I've never wanted her to win anything before, so this is really random.

madmax
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:46 PM
surely nobody is gonna stop Warsaw-GOAT from capturing her first French Open title:bowdown:

Sammo
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:47 PM
Sammy Sammy Sammy!! Oi Oi Oi!!

Hian
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:49 PM
I'm not surprised Maria has less votes than Sam. It's obvious she won't win Roland Garros. And I don't care about others - Vika will be sick, or something like that, Vera will have mental problems as she always have. And Fran lost against Aga.

Radwanska isn't so good on clay, while Fran is last year winner ;) And she still leads H2H 3-1, so she will probably eat her.
While Vika is having a great moment, and she's good on clay, too.
Vera... who knows.
But Stosur as winner would be embarassing for WTA.

QuietPlease
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:50 PM
I hope Venus will be ready. Should be hungry to do well.
I know, she ain't getting any younger and clay is her least fave surface, but you should never count her out if fit.

She made 5 QFs at Roland Garros between 1998 and 2006, including one run to the final. Hasn't been past the 4th round since 2006 though...

tejmeglekvŠr
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:51 PM
hopefully Dinara draws Wozniacki or Stosur in 1st rd

seeing her luck this year, i'm pretty sure she gets a top5 player in 1st or 2nd round.

Sean.
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Far, far too early to tell!

QuietPlease
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:01 PM
I hope Venus will be ready. Should be hungry to do well.
I know, she ain't getting any younger and clay is her least fave surface, but you should never count her out if fit.

She made 5 QFs at Roland Garros between 1998 and 2006, including one run to the final. Hasn't been past the 4th round since 2006 though...

And to those saying she can't play well on clay, check out Madrid 2010. She made the final beating Stosur AND Schiavone on the way! The two hottest claycourters of 2010!

I'm sure most seeded players are looking out for her in the 3rd round this year. Venus is defending 925 points between now and RG, she may not even play before the French, so she'll likely be a low seed!

Renalicious
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:03 PM
What an open and odd tournament this is going to be.

If Kim plays, she will probably win it, even if she doesn't like the clay. :bigcry:

If not, I think Azarenka has a chance.

Lapaco
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Radwanska isn't so good on clay, while Fran is last year winner ;) And she still leads H2H 3-1, so she will probably eat her.
While Vika is having a great moment, and she's good on clay, too.
Vera... who knows.
But Stosur as winner would be embarassing for WTA.

azarenka good on clay? :spit: :rolls:

Smitten
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:39 PM
It's always funny when Azarenka gets hyped up. :lol:

Back to the question: Christine Marie Evert.

Lapaco
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:42 PM
No, Jesustine Christine.

Sp!ffy
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:44 PM
Out of all the slams, this is the one where you don't put an "other"?

BepaMaria
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:47 PM
Zvonareva without a doubt

RenaSlam.
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Serena.

debby
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Where is the 2009 RG Champion? :o

I would say... Vika or Sharapova.

Lapaco
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:53 PM
Where is the 2009 RG Champion? :o

I would say... Vika or Sharapova.

she is playing marbella :lol:

djbueno
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:38 PM
I will always hold out for Venus, but RG is up for grabs. With Henin retired there is no clear cut favorite. This year will be the same as the last with one player realizing the potential and going for it.

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:40 PM
After Carolina's match against Barbora I will bet my all money for her :rocker2:

doomsday
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:44 PM
Certainly not Caroline, I can't believe she is THE favorite.

Lapaco
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:44 PM
Certainly not Caroline, I can't believe she is THE favorite.

this :lol:

Doully
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:55 PM
As people have stated - Way too early to tell. Maybe after the clay premiers we will have an inkling..

Don't think it's totally fair to rule out Stosur. 09 SF, 10 F. I'd be extremely surprised if she didn't at least make the QF. Her forehand is made for clay.

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Certainly not Caroline, I can't believe she is THE favorite.

Don't worry, Piotr will prepare her for Roland Garros. She will eat the court, run marathons, save MPs and SPs, play moonballs.... You see, that I tell the truth....




















But she will lose before QFs....

Mixal
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:03 PM
Just like last year - I have no clue.

But I'm expecting a lot from Stosur and Jankovic.

Justin SW
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:09 PM
Serena Williams. period.

Cp6uja
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:15 PM
Where is two most accomplished active claycourters (both former RG champions and multiple RG finalists) Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova on this poll???
BTW they both are also RG/2011 TOP10 contenders according to every worlds bookmakers right now, so no excuses for this mistake :no:

Vikapower
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:16 PM
azarenka good on clay? :spit: :rolls:

Vika is as good on clay as the persitent direspect you throw at her... she's the reincarnation of all the demons you've somehow uselessly tried to fight in the farthest past... she'll make you pay for each bit in each of her threads of your lack of recognition to her mindless talent...

Rafa has won 3 majors in a row... Vika with Miami and Marbella otherwise called "The little spanish slam" will make it 2 extending her winning streak as crazily as Djokovic has extended his... how's that for an accomplishment !? Nothing...!? then you're totally right.

[...] We both in accordance can't remember the last time Victoria played a full schedule on clay as a top player... yet you empirically state she's not good on the surface. Claps.

danieln1
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:25 PM
By order:

1. Fiona
2. Caroline
3. Stosur
4. Jankovic

debby
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:35 PM
Vikapower :

Do you know that you speak better in English than in French?
Your posts are so much more pleasant to read.

Curcubeu
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:36 PM
one thing for sure, Stosur not in her current form... :spit:

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:38 PM
We will see after Marbella. If Alex win, she will become my favorite to win RG for sure.

Brena
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Christina Mchale obviously.

debby
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:47 PM
Christina Mchale obviously.

No, Marbella GOAT will win RG since it is the 5th Slam. :oh:

backhandsmash
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:48 PM
Jj

Vaxey
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:51 PM
after first matches of clay season - Vesnina, McHale or Arruabarrena-Vecino :yeah:

hurricanejeanne
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:52 PM
Woz or some scrub. It'll be either expected or a complete shocker.

Brena
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:52 PM
No, Marbella GOAT will win RG since it is the 5th Slam. :oh:

RG has lately been more like the 16th slam, and she doesn't really do well at MM events like that. :awww:

Aryman3
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:55 PM
Another title for Agnieszka. She's in great shape

Miss Amor
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:56 PM
I am scared that Jankovic might win it.

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgnjjsmy3c1qcs2fq.gif

The Daviator
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:58 PM
Wozniacki or Jankovic.

Miracle Worker
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:59 PM
Another title for Agnieszka. She's in great shape

http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7900000/2x06-Afternoon-Delight-Animated-gif-Michael-What-No-no-no-no-arrested-development-7915781-300-167.gif

saul1333
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:00 PM
Another title for Agnieszka. She's in great shape

I love reading your posts :hearts:

Vikapower
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:06 PM
Vikapower :

Do you know that you speak better in English than in French?
Your posts are so much more pleasant to read.

ROFL !! Great irony... :p

homogenius
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:10 PM
Ivanovic will beat Kvitova in the final

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:13 PM
Hopefully JJ.

debby
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:25 PM
RG has lately been more like the 16th slam, and she doesn't really do well at MM events like that. :awww:

Clay-GOAT is slumping and her ten to zero BFF is retired :oh: Don't say RG is a MM event, or else Karolina might actually have a chance to win there. :scared:

Another title for Agnieszka. She's in great shape

Okay, I got it :lol: you are actually a Radwanska troll. :rolls: Good.

ROFL !! Great irony... :p

Isn't that something you love to use against everyone? :p

Markobojo
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:39 PM
Jj

Vikapower
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:43 PM
Isn't that something you love to use against everyone? :p

Damn. I wasn't doing so intentionally... Sad. My image on GM must be so bad now. ;)

Chakvenus
Apr 8th, 2011, 12:58 AM
Patty's TOTALLY going to pull a Francesca and win this thing out of nowhere.
it's going to be great!!

Polikarpov
Apr 8th, 2011, 01:03 AM
Let's go, Baby Anci :bigclap:

Pump-it-UP
Apr 8th, 2011, 01:15 AM
Davenport

Sp!ffy
Apr 8th, 2011, 01:29 AM
McHale

DefyingGravity
Apr 8th, 2011, 01:49 AM
If Jankovic can't win the French now, she may not ever. This is perhaps her golden opportunity if she figures out how to fight through her poorer tennis days more effectively and manages her tennis in a way that will allow her to be at 100% in the QF-SF-F stage of Grand Slams. Wozniacki could certainly pull of the win, but it seems that clay minimizes her grinding abilities because a) the ball travels to the opponent slower (she seems to like a faster surface), b) a good clay player can jerk her around the court and figure out a way to hit through her, and c) more players seem to at least be tricky in the 11-50 range on clay (evidenced by Strycova today). If Kim commits fully to any sort of clay campaign, she should be able to win.

I think Vera could really provide a shock. She's made it to the quarters before (2003, 2008), took a set off of Serena in her only French Championships win and she seems to be solid enough in this wacky period of tennis.

justineheninfan
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:28 AM
If Jankovic can't win the French now, she may not ever.

LOL people are still seriously considering Jankovic to win a slam. She must have alot of fans as there is no other explanation for all the votes she has.

It really says everything about the state of the current WTA that a player who might not play a warmup event for the French due to injury and going on 28 years old has never won there, and a player who has never won a slam and whose worst surface is clay, are the top choices in the poll (and most likely one of the two will win it).

justineheninfan
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:29 AM
I fully expect Wozniacki or Clijsters to win but it wouldnt surprise me that much if Zvonareva or Schiavone pull it off either. I give Ivanovic and Azarenka a very outside shot.

Potato
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:33 AM
LOL people are still seriously considering Jankovic to win a slam. She must have alot of fans as there is no other explanation for all the votes she has.

It really says everything about the state of the current WTA that a player who might not play a warmup event for the French due to injury and going on 28 years old has never won there, and a player who has never won a slam and whose worst surface is clay, are the top choices in the poll (and most likely one of the two will win it).

JJ has been very close at slams, so idk why you can't imagine her winning a slam :shrug: Kim, JJ, and Fran are the only three with a very good clay resume that have played decent tennis this year.

I have to agree with you with the second paragraph, unfortunately :o

justineheninfan
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:42 AM
Well it seems pretty obvious to me Jankovic's inexplicable thumping at the hands of Stosur in last years French Open semis is the end of her realistic slam title bidding days. People talk about her as if she is making another resurgence early this year. A resurgence of what exactly. A weak showing in Australia, her first ever loss to her former pigeon Wozniacki in straight sets, and another ass whooping to a still not at her best Ivanovic.

Jankovic would need to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki (the old H2H thing is ancient history now), Ivanovic (since she is her lapdog), Stosur (as overrated and nowhere as she is now, the memory of last years fiasco alone will make JJ choke it away should they play), Sharapova (the mental thing again), for sure to have any chance, and that is without mentioning the 10 plus other known top players who have atleast a fighting chance should they meet her, and how vurnerable she now is to early upsets to much lower ranked players at any time too.

Matt-TennisFan24
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:03 AM
Heck, nobody knows.

Wozniacki is the no.1 but she cant play on clay at all.
Kim is struggling with injuries
Vera hasnt reached her 2010-form yet, has had an up-and-down year
Franny is struggling with injuries too, and she hasnt played well this year either
Sam is.. well... no words
Vika could have a good result, but she never does well in Slams and the clay wont favour her
Li has been on a slump since her AO final. And she cant play on clay
JJ could do well, but she needs to be there mentally and physically. If she gets the same form she got during last year's clay season, I think she would be a contender this year.
Maria doesnt feel comfortable on clay. A QF would be the best result she could achieve
And Serena.. she is not fully recovered (and I guess she wont be ready for RG)


I think we should see how Vera and JJ do in the pre-FO tournaments. But there's no clear favourite until now

Potato
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:05 AM
Well it seems pretty obvious to me Jankovic's inexplicable thumping at the hands of Stosur in last years French Open semis is the end of her realistic slam title bidding days. People talk about her as if she is making another resurgence early this year. A resurgence of what exactly. A weak showing in Australia, her first ever loss to her former pigeon Wozniacki in straight sets, and another ass whooping to a still not at her best Ivanovic.

Jankovic would need to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki (the old H2H thing is ancient history now), Ivanovic (since she is her lapdog), Stosur (as overrated and nowhere as she is now, the memory of last years fiasco alone will make JJ choke it away should they play), Sharapova (the mental thing again), for sure to have any chance, and that is without mentioning the 10 plus other known top players who have atleast a fighting chance should they meet her, and how vurnerable she now is to early upsets to much lower ranked players at any time too.

The same could be said for the many players you mentioned as favorites... Clijsters coming in as the favorite hates the dirt and is prone to random upsets, shown by Bepa at Wimbly last year, and she almost lost to Errani and MJMS on her best surface. This is Wozniacki's worst surface and the chances of her not running it to a in-form ballbasher or peak clay-courter is unlikely. Bepa is not having the best year, and Azarenka hasn't even passed a QF. Ivanovic can not string 2 wins together despite good showings at the end of the last season.

JJ is capable of beating Clijsters, she has always challenged her. Even though Wozniacki has gotten a win and has improved tremendously, JJ is still the superior clay courter. I don't see how one win from the Woz means that she will beat JJ every time, especially since from that one win JJ was fatigued from having just played back to back 3 set matches and was killing Woz before her choke. The fiasco against Stosur last year was just random, but Stosur is playing terrible tennis and is losing to random nobodies. Clay is not Sharapova's surface, and she doesn't have the mental fortitude that she used to have. JJ is not as much as a mental midget you are making her out to be. She is no mental giant, and is obviously prone to choking, but she can beat the best of the best. I hope you won't disagree with me that JJ has always had the game to win a slam.

I don't see JJ as a favorite, simply because this is RG and the most random results happen here. Of course I would love for JJ to win, but to ever call her the main favorite for a slam would be a stretch.

new-york
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:06 AM
I don't even want to start thinking about the potential winners. :o

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:37 AM
If Jankovic can't win the French now, she may not ever. This is perhaps her golden opportunity if she figures out how to fight through her poorer tennis days more effectively and manages her tennis in a way that will allow her to be at 100% in the QF-SF-F stage of Grand Slams.

I agree with you. This year has even more openings for a new champion than past years. Of the post-Henin 1.0 years, 2008 at least had Sharapova on a tear early in the season, Serena devoted and looking trim again, Ivanovic at the top, Safina starting to emerge etc.; 2009 had Safina and Kuznetsova in superb form, Serena playing healthy; 2010 had Justine back (no matter how depleted), Stosur in great form, Serena there too. Now, Serena, Venus, Clijsters all have issues, Ivanovic, Safina are shadows of former selves, the world no.1 does not favor clay, and an obvious favorite Stosur is playing terribly etc.

There is no doubt that JJ is one of the very few who can use clay to her advantage and actually likes playing on it. Not to mention that she is actually playing quite well again. Her chances at RG are much better at this stage than any other Slam.

Naturally, we need to see who fares well in the lead-up tourneys to better assess the chances of everyone above.

MB.
Apr 8th, 2011, 04:54 AM
If Jankovic can't win the French now, she may not ever. This is perhaps her golden opportunity if she figures out how to fight through her poorer tennis days more effectively and manages her tennis in a way that will allow her to be at 100% in the QF-SF-F stage of Grand Slams. Wozniacki could certainly pull of the win, but it seems that clay minimizes her grinding abilities because a) the ball travels to the opponent slower (she seems to like a faster surface), b) a good clay player can jerk her around the court and figure out a way to hit through her, and c) more players seem to at least be tricky in the 11-50 range on clay (evidenced by Strycova today). If Kim commits fully to any sort of clay campaign, she should be able to win.

I think Vera could really provide a shock. She's made it to the quarters before (2003, 2008), took a set off of Serena in her only French Championships win and she seems to be solid enough in this wacky period of tennis.

Agree more or less with this statement--Jelena's not getting any younger, and with the state of tennis right now, there's not too much standing in her way.

Caro's biggest problem is she can't translate her movement from HC to clay; no idea how to slide effectively. Honestly, I'd be surprised if she makes it past the QF of RG.

Vera's got a good shot. She knows her way around clay and is playing well consistently.

Kim's the big question mark--which Kim will show up?

Well it seems pretty obvious to me Jankovic's inexplicable thumping at the hands of Stosur in last years French Open semis is the end of her realistic slam title bidding days. People talk about her as if she is making another resurgence early this year. A resurgence of what exactly. A weak showing in Australia, her first ever loss to her former pigeon Wozniacki in straight sets, and another ass whooping to a still not at her best Ivanovic.

Jankovic would need to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki (the old H2H thing is ancient history now), Ivanovic (since she is her lapdog), Stosur (as overrated and nowhere as she is now, the memory of last years fiasco alone will make JJ choke it away should they play), Sharapova (the mental thing again), for sure to have any chance, and that is without mentioning the 10 plus other known top players who have atleast a fighting chance should they meet her, and how vurnerable she now is to early upsets to much lower ranked players at any time too.

Honestly, I can give you 5-10 reasons why every player in the top 10--Including Kim, Caro, and Vika--can't win the French. But one of those players (most likely) will.

Jelena may have to avoid Kim--but she can still beat her on play playing her best.

Ivanovic, I agree with you; it might take a miracle for Jeca to pull that out.

But she will be able to beat Stosur and Sharapova (especially on clay), so I don't see either of those two as big problems (especially considering Sam's current form on clay and slump in general).

mckyle.
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:02 AM
Francesca, or Kvitova, even though she blows on clay.

Roookie
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:05 AM
Wozniacki will not win a slam Roland Garros :happy:. Kim, JJ, Vika and Fran are the contenders IMO.

JJ all the way
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:10 AM
Well it seems pretty obvious to me Jankovic's inexplicable thumping at the hands of Stosur in last years French Open semis is the end of her realistic slam title bidding days. People talk about her as if she is making another resurgence early this year. A resurgence of what exactly. A weak showing in Australia, her first ever loss to her former pigeon Wozniacki in straight sets, and another ass whooping to a still not at her best Ivanovic.

Jankovic would need to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki (the old H2H thing is ancient history now), Ivanovic (since she is her lapdog), Stosur (as overrated and nowhere as she is now, the memory of last years fiasco alone will make JJ choke it away should they play), Sharapova (the mental thing again), for sure to have any chance, and that is without mentioning the 10 plus other known top players who have atleast a fighting chance should they meet her, and how vurnerable she now is to early upsets to much lower ranked players at any time too.

Since you seem to not forget any of JJ's losses, I thought I would add to your list for what she should be scared of to play at RG:

Rezai, Pavs, Kanepi, Bepa, my mom, Diyas, Cirstea, Hauntachova on clay, Justine sitting in the audience, BoJJ, Amanmuradova, Diyas, her period, Klebs.

JJ just sucks, the 3X she made it to the semis were just pure luck, she has no talent and she will drop out of the top 10 by next month..... :wavey:

Macomere
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:11 AM
Barbera Bonic bitches... ;)

Vartan
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:27 AM
Wozniacki will not win a slam Roland Garros :happy:. Kim, JJ, Vika and Fran are the contenders IMO.

You forgot, Sharapova, :rolleyes:

MB.
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:28 AM
Since you seem to not forget any of JJ's losses, I thought I would add to your list for what she should be scared of to play at RG:

Rezai, Pavs, Kanepi, Bepa, my mom, Diyas, Cirstea, Hauntachova on clay, Justine sitting in the audience, BoJJ, Amanmuradova, Diyas, her period, Klebs.



Ugh, I remember that day that your mom beat Jelena in a practice set--really embarrassing.

C. W. Fields
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:50 AM
Looking at last year's semifinalists: Elena is retired. Sam is slumping. Fran is slumping/injured. Only JJ is doing ok. That certainly makes her a favorite.
Considering how wide open it looks this year (at this point) Serena actually has a chance, too if she gets back in the game in time for RG.

Yasmine
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:06 AM
Kim.

Duh

:p

:lol:

kimgurl
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:29 AM
sharapova all the way!!!!!!!

tkutsaar
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:36 AM
Caroís results at RG have been 2006 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (3rd) and 2010 (QF). A very good encouraging pattern of steady improvement which suggests that a victory by her this year should not shock anyone, except the truly demented in amongst the Caro haters. I like to think most Caro haters are not demented and would as the rest of tennis fans not be shocked by a Caro victory at RG. I also would say that it is reasonable to assume the winner would come from the list provided after all they are the current top 10 and most of them will probably be in the top 10 for the tournament. The one exception on the list who definitely will not win is Serena who as I understand it will definitely not be a participant.

Logic would dictate that as Caro is the number 1 seed anyone who has not achieved a better result at the FO than Caro cannot be viewed as having superior chances. So in predicting a winner I will not consider them at all. Now of those who have had better results at RG than Caro I can quickly eliminate Sharapova. Assuming she is still on the return to greatness all I can say is that she hasnít gotten there yet. Yes she made deep runs at IW and Miami just recently but some of her wins were not impressive whereas her losses to Caro and Vika were very convincing indeed.

I can also eliminate Fran Schiavone- her win last year has to be registered as a shock and if she were to win again that would be even a greater shock. Some relevant statistics: she will be almost 31 when the FO will be played; she has won only four WTA titles in her entire career of some 13 years; her best result at RG apart from last yearís win was a QF and that was way back in 2001 her first FO; the year before her win i.e. 2009 she was a first round loser oddly enough to Stosur.

I am going to eliminate Kim Clijsters as well. Iím obviously being brave in that calculation since I am basing my predictions on past performances. There is no denying that winning three of the last four slams she has entered is an impressive record. Coupled with two finals and one semi final at the FO makes an impressive resume indeed. Paradoxically her latest success suggests failure at FO by the law of averages. She is a good player but not an all time great like Steffi, Martina or for that matter Serena who all did string slam victories together. Kim is not in that league so ergo no 2011 FO for her.

That leaves us with Stosur a finalist and semi finalist the past two years, and Jankovic semi finalist for three of the past four years. These two seem to be struggling and sputtering of late so that betting on them does not seem like a winning proposition.

So we are back to Caro as the only tennis player left standing. Ergo to answer the question of this thread Caro will be the winner at Roland Garros.

VeeJJ
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:38 AM
The same could be said for the many players you mentioned as favorites... Clijsters coming in as the favorite hates the dirt and is prone to random upsets, shown by Bepa at Wimbly last year, and she almost lost to Errani and MJMS on her best surface. This is Wozniacki's worst surface and the chances of her not running it to a in-form ballbasher or peak clay-courter is unlikely. Bepa is not having the best year, and Azarenka hasn't even passed a QF. Ivanovic can not string 2 wins together despite good showings at the end of the last season.

JJ is capable of beating Clijsters, she has always challenged her. Even though Wozniacki has gotten a win and has improved tremendously, JJ is still the superior clay courter. I don't see how one win from the Woz means that she will beat JJ every time, especially since from that one win JJ was fatigued from having just played back to back 3 set matches and was killing Woz before her choke. The fiasco against Stosur last year was just random, but Stosur is playing terrible tennis and is losing to random nobodies. Clay is not Sharapova's surface, and she doesn't have the mental fortitude that she used to have. JJ is not as much as a mental midget you are making her out to be. She is no mental giant, and is obviously prone to choking, but she can beat the best of the best. I hope you won't disagree with me that JJ has always had the game to win a slam.

I don't see JJ as a favorite, simply because this is RG and the most random results happen here. Of course I would love for JJ to win, but to ever call her the main favorite for a slam would be a stretch.

:sobbing: This is beautiful. Just beautiful defense of the royal Empress. :bowdown:
I no longer feel alone. :inlove:

[/B]

Since you seem to not forget any of JJ's losses, I thought I would add to your list for what she should be scared of to play at RG:

Rezai, Pavs, Kanepi, Bepa, my mom, Diyas, Cirstea, Hauntachova on clay, Justine sitting in the audience, BoJJ, Amanmuradova, Diyas, her period, Klebs.

JJ just sucks, the 3X she made it to the semis were just pure luck, she has no talent and she will drop out of the top 10 by next month..... :wavey:

This Guy. :rolleyes:

Buitenzorg
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:57 AM
Stosur has more votes than Vika, Fran, Vera and Masha :weirdO:
Stosur obsessed fans :hug:

well at the last 2 events, Stosur was the semifinalist & Runner Up :)

kimgurl
Apr 8th, 2011, 08:37 AM
why is ana ivanovic not in the choices??ok this is probably because i also like her, but yeah after all, these are all predictions..

hpme
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:10 AM
I do think Kim has a good chance to win RG this time. As Woz..... if she could run all the time, she still have a chance, but < Kim

The 2nd Law
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:46 AM
Caroís results at RG have been 2006 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (3rd) and 2010 (QF). A very good encouraging pattern of steady improvement which suggests that a victory by her this year should not shock anyone, except the truly demented in amongst the Caro haters. I like to think most Caro haters are not demented and would as the rest of tennis fans not be shocked by a Caro victory at RG. I also would say that it is reasonable to assume the winner would come from the list provided after all they are the current top 10 and most of them will probably be in the top 10 for the tournament. The one exception on the list who definitely will not win is Serena who as I understand it will definitely not be a participant.

Logic would dictate that as Caro is the number 1 seed anyone who has not achieved a better result at the FO than Caro cannot be viewed as having superior chances. So in predicting a winner I will not consider them at all. Now of those who have had better results at RG than Caro I can quickly eliminate Sharapova. Assuming she is still on the return to greatness all I can say is that she hasnít gotten there yet. Yes she made deep runs at IW and Miami just recently but some of her wins were not impressive whereas her losses to Caro and Vika were very convincing indeed.

I can also eliminate Fran Schiavone- her win last year has to be registered as a shock and if she were to win again that would be even a greater shock. Some relevant statistics: she will be almost 31 when the FO will be played; she has won only four WTA titles in her entire career of some 13 years; her best result at RG apart from last yearís win was a QF and that was way back in 2001 her first FO; the year before her win i.e. 2009 she was a first round loser oddly enough to Stosur.

I am going to eliminate Kim Clijsters as well. Iím obviously being brave in that calculation since I am basing my predictions on past performances. There is no denying that winning three of the last four slams she has entered is an impressive record. Coupled with two finals and one semi final at the FO makes an impressive resume indeed. Paradoxically her latest success suggests failure at FO by the law of averages. She is a good player but not an all time great like Steffi, Martina or for that matter Serena who all did string slam victories together. Kim is not in that league so ergo no 2011 FO for her.

That leaves us with Stosur a finalist and semi finalist the past two years, and Jankovic semi finalist for three of the past four years. These two seem to be struggling and sputtering of late so that betting on them does not seem like a winning proposition.

So we are back to Caro as the only tennis player left standing. Ergo to answer the question of this thread Caro will be the winner at Roland Garros.

Were you just going through top ten players? If not, Safina, Kuznetsova & Ivanovic have all had better results at RG. There are probably some more.
The only assessment of yours that I disagree with is Kim.

OneSlamWonder
Apr 8th, 2011, 11:24 AM
It might be that Roland Garros is too random, and that clay season didn't even start really to predict but guys, and no offense to Caroline and her fans... This is not her best surface and I really doubt she would really win the title. I can image her in the final, but not really winning it.

In addition, it would be great final: Caro vs JJ :devil::devil::devil:

rimon
Apr 8th, 2011, 11:42 AM
Woz or some scrub. It'll be either expected or a complete shocker.

:confused: What else could it be?

Smitten
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:04 PM
LOL people are still seriously considering Jankovic to win a slam. She must have alot of fans as there is no other explanation for all the votes she has.

It really says everything about the state of the current WTA that a player who might not play a warmup event for the French due to injury and going on 28 years old has never won there, and a player who has never won a slam and whose worst surface is clay, are the top choices in the poll (and most likely one of the two will win it).

No. They actually have a legitimate point this time and even I hate to admit it.

Let's face it. Jankovic is only semi-relevant because every 9 to 12 months she vultures a meager Tier I draw (Cincinnati '09, Indian Wells '10, To Be Determined '11) every time she is on the verge of leaving the top 10.

This Roland Garros is shaping up to be just as bad, and all Jelena has to do is fight through a few early rounds with her typical drama then commit at the finish line.

I'm not saying she's going to win, but the rundown conditions of the tour are perfect for her. It's what she's been doing for the last 2.5 years now anyway.

Lapaco
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:06 PM
No. They actually have a legitimate point this time and even I hate to admit it.

Let's face it. Jankovic is only semi-relevant because every 9 to 12 months she vultures a meager Tier I draw (Cincinnati '09, Indian Wells '10, To Be Determined '11) every time she is on the verge of leaving the top 10.

This Roland Garros is shaping up to be just as bad, and all Jelena has to do is fight through a few early rounds with her typical drama then commit at the finish line.

I'm not saying she's going to win, but the rundown conditions of the tour are perfect for her. It's what she's been doing for the last 2.5 years now anyway.

this.

there's literally noone else to consider.

MiiMo
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Honestly, I can't see Caroline Wozniacki win this. She got this crazy schedule : Charleston, Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Brussels... Right. She's going to come to Paris down on her knees.

About Kim Clijsters, she's injuried, and, perhaps she's not gonna even play. If she does, I can't see her win on clay this year.

Talkin' about JJ's case, well, she can be a great player on clay, and It will all depend of how she'll play during the claycourt tourneys. Beside, I can't see her win this year because she lacks confidence and consistency. She's too up and down.

Francesca is definetly not going to win this again. Her win last year was an error, nothing else. Sorry.
Samantha could do it, but, right now, after her grandpa's death, she's nowhere near her best level, and this loss against Vesnina in Charleston could really hurt her.

Li Na is not the kind of player who can really shine at RG, in add, she's playing that bad since this AO Final. So...
Serena is obviously not gonna play. Closed debate.

Victoria Azarenka is showing great tennis lately, she won at Miami and is having a great run at Marbella this week. Even if Marbella is not a real sign of anything as the field is not that strong. I look forword to see her play few Premier Events on clay.

Then, we got the two Russians. First, Vera is an all-court player, indeed, and, if she manages to stay mentally strong then she had a great shot in winning her first grand slam title this year at The French.
The best of the end, Maria Sharapova. This is a hard one to tell or to predict. From a match to another, she can move from the "fantastic Masha" to "doublefauterrorpova", I think Thomas Hogstedt is helping her in finding some consistency. And we all know that she would love to complete this Slam Carrer. Then, is this shaky women tennis, I can't see no reason why not this incredible champion wouldn't be able to do it this year.

There's no clear favorite, Indeed, but I would say, Vera, Vicotria and Maria could get this thing.

Hian
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Caroís results at RG have been 2006 (1st), 2007 (1st), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (3rd) and 2010 (QF). A very good encouraging pattern of steady improvement which suggests that a victory by her this year should not shock anyone, except the truly demented in amongst the Caro haters. I like to think most Caro haters are not demented and would as the rest of tennis fans not be shocked by a Caro victory at RG. I also would say that it is reasonable to assume the winner would come from the list provided after all they are the current top 10 and most of them will probably be in the top 10 for the tournament. The one exception on the list who definitely will not win is Serena who as I understand it will definitely not be a participant.

Logic would dictate that as Caro is the number 1 seed anyone who has not achieved a better result at the FO than Caro cannot be viewed as having superior chances. So in predicting a winner I will not consider them at all. Now of those who have had better results at RG than Caro I can quickly eliminate Sharapova. Assuming she is still on the return to greatness all I can say is that she hasnít gotten there yet. Yes she made deep runs at IW and Miami just recently but some of her wins were not impressive whereas her losses to Caro and Vika were very convincing indeed.

I can also eliminate Fran Schiavone- her win last year has to be registered as a shock and if she were to win again that would be even a greater shock. Some relevant statistics: she will be almost 31 when the FO will be played; she has won only four WTA titles in her entire career of some 13 years; her best result at RG apart from last yearís win was a QF and that was way back in 2001 her first FO; the year before her win i.e. 2009 she was a first round loser oddly enough to Stosur.

I am going to eliminate Kim Clijsters as well. Iím obviously being brave in that calculation since I am basing my predictions on past performances. There is no denying that winning three of the last four slams she has entered is an impressive record. Coupled with two finals and one semi final at the FO makes an impressive resume indeed. Paradoxically her latest success suggests failure at FO by the law of averages. She is a good player but not an all time great like Steffi, Martina or for that matter Serena who all did string slam victories together. Kim is not in that league so ergo no 2011 FO for her.

That leaves us with Stosur a finalist and semi finalist the past two years, and Jankovic semi finalist for three of the past four years. These two seem to be struggling and sputtering of late so that betting on them does not seem like a winning proposition.

So we are back to Caro as the only tennis player left standing. Ergo to answer the question of this thread Caro will be the winner at Roland Garros.

Schiavone will never lose in R1, a Quarterfinal is sure, and she will probably be still in Top 10.
Your thought is so bad.

Temperenka
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:59 PM
This will be the most wide open French Open ever.

I will honestly not be surprised to see someone like Flavia Pennetta, Alexandra Dulgheru, or Kaia Kanepi win the whole thing.

tkutsaar
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Schiavone will never lose in R1, a Quarterfinal is sure, and she will probably be still in Top 10.
Your thought is so bad.

I didnít say she would lose in the first round this year but I just merely pointed out that she did lose in the first round the year before she won it all. My main point is that given her career record her win at FO last year must rank as truly unexpected. Of course such anomalies do occur in sports in general and in tennis as well but only occasionally not frequently. So it is an almost virtual certainty she will not win at RG. Correct me if I am wrong but I do not believe she has won a title since her victory at RG last year.

Serena_Williams_
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:43 PM
its up to JJ to take this

Brena
Apr 8th, 2011, 05:44 PM
[/B]

Since you seem to not forget any of JJ's losses, I thought I would add to your list for what she should be scared of to play at RG:

Rezai, Pavs, Kanepi, Bepa, my mom, Diyas, Cirstea, Hauntachova on clay, Justine sitting in the audience, BoJJ, Amanmuradova, Diyas, her period, Klebs.

JJ just sucks, the 3X she made it to the semis were just pure luck, she has no talent and she will drop out of the top 10 by next month..... :wavey:

:lol:
She'd fight bravely, but she'd eventually choke away a set and two breaks lead. :tears:

As for who'd I bet on to win RG - no idea. perhaps a favourite will show up during the clay season, who knows who'll start playing well (like Stosur did last year). Otherwise, Clijsters is the obvious choice; I don't see why Vera wouldn't do well; Wozniacki and Stosur stand no chance in hell; and Fran repeating the win would be magnificent. :worship:

Ryusuke Tenma
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:08 PM
It would be quite funny if Wozniacki won. Winning her first slam on her worst surface, although Wimbledon is, statistically speaking, her worst slam.

SVK
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:10 PM
Alexandra Stevenson

SVK
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:13 PM
Alexandra Stevenson.

+ 1111111111

She is so underrated here!

Miracle Worker
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:17 PM
Alexandra Stevenson

I'm not sure. The rest of Big Wimbledon's Semifinals names: Jelena D. and Mirjana L. won't let her to win here.

And don't forget about Alex D....

SVK
Apr 8th, 2011, 06:18 PM
Jelena D and Mirjana L are blast from the past, Sexy Lexy is the future!

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:08 PM
serena :oh:

Miracle Worker
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:22 PM
serena :oh:

Yes, I think Serena Zhang has chance to win the title. Of course if she win with Alex.

Brena
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:27 PM
serena :oh:

Hmm, actually this might be a perfect time for Dementieva to make a short little come back - juts to pick up a slam, and she can go back to following hockey.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Yes, I think Serena Zhang has chance to win the title. Of course if she win with Alex.

do i sense jelisy :ras: :lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:30 PM
Hmm, actually this might be a perfect time for Dementieva to make a short little come back - juts to pick up a slam, and she can go back to following hockey.

don't say this....miffedmax you know who is on the prowl :scared:

Brena
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:45 PM
don't say this....miffedmax you know who is on the prowl :scared:

Hey! I though he was getting better with the help of anti-depressants and the golden haired girl from Hell Denmark.

Miracle Worker
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:48 PM
don't say this....miffedmax you know who is on the prowl :scared:

You think he is able to sense that someone talk about you know who?

Shvedbarilescu
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:48 PM
The players with the fewest votes so far are Na Li, with just 5, and Zvonareva, Schiavone and Azarenka with only 8. So probably one of these four will win. ;)

Ballbasher
Apr 8th, 2011, 07:55 PM
Iryna Bremond.

Aaron.
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:06 PM
No way Na Li will win the French. Just no.

debby
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:06 PM
No way Na Li will win the French. Just no.

I miss you on GM :sobbing:

Tezuka.
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:29 PM
What about Kvitova? I've never seen her play on clay.

Lapaco
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:37 PM
someone needs to ask for a wc.

Brena
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:42 PM
The players with the fewest votes so far are Na Li, with just 5, and Zvonareva, Schiavone and Azarenka with only 8. So probably one of these four will win. ;)

I'll never really get why people understimate Vera so much. She is a lovely loony for sure, but if Sveta can win slams, why not Vera, who's been playing great for a while now, too?
I've no idea what to expect from Na, and as for Azarenka - the Eiffel Tower will probably fall on her head and she'll have to retire. :shrug:

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:48 PM
You think he is able to sense that someone talk about you know who?

yes....especially when it comes to this slam and the 2004final that shall not be named :scared:

Brena
Apr 8th, 2011, 09:52 PM
You think he is able to sense that someone talk about you know who?

somewhere in the wilderness of Texas, a man is feeling an inexplicable pull to log on the forum and open this thread...

tea
Apr 8th, 2011, 10:22 PM
I want the answer "I don't know" to be in the poll.

I know who might, but I don't know who will.

Especially now, on 9th of April, more than month and a half before the event to start.

Tezuka.
Apr 8th, 2011, 10:39 PM
I really believe 2011 RG is a golden chance for Janko to finaly win a slam. She have to realize that and tries hard to show her best there to win it.2011 RG is not the final shot at a slam for Janko though. She always had the game to win a slam but the WTA tour is a mess atm so it's great opportunity for her.

justineheninfan
Apr 8th, 2011, 11:32 PM
I'll never really get why people understimate Vera so much. She is a lovely loony for sure, but if Sveta can win slams, why not Vera, who's been playing great for a while now, too?
I've no idea what to expect from Na, and as for Azarenka - the Eiffel Tower will probably fall on her head and she'll have to retire. :shrug:

Kuznetsova is the luckiest 2 slam winner in history. Not everyone can get that much luck, and it is unreasonable to assume anyone player will get it.

Vera is good enough to win a slam but she probably wont ever win one since she is a huge headcase who self destructs everytime she reaches the semifinal or final stage. She has proven that multiple times over already. Kuznetsova is a headcase too but she has the ability to rise to the occasion and be very mentally tough when she reaches that stage, and if she is lucky enough to draw a beatable opponent for someone of her ability (aka not Henin or Williams or Clijsters or Sharapova) she can prevail.

aisha
Apr 8th, 2011, 11:41 PM
NFC - No F*cking Clue :shrug:

*Jool*
Apr 9th, 2011, 12:05 AM
:hearts: Flavia :hearts: she'll be inspired by Fran's run last year :angel:

rimon
Apr 9th, 2011, 06:40 AM
After wtahcing Wozniacki's matches at Charleston, I am confident that she will not win.

Vartan
Apr 9th, 2011, 06:44 AM
It was concluded that Sharapova is going to win, why is this thread still going on?

donellcarey
Apr 9th, 2011, 02:03 PM
GOATrena will withdraw, then re-enter at the last minute and win without dropping a game set - and all this with no matchplay since last July :drool:

lol Nice one:drool:

Well this is tricky, could b Kim. I don't think Quarterena would even appear in Roland Garros.

cn ireland
Apr 9th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Very hard to predict this one, but I've gone for JJ!

JamieOwen3
Apr 9th, 2011, 02:14 PM
Who knows :shrug: Maybe Fran will defend her title with inspiring play... The least expected is Maria which is why i want her to win it (fat chance but lets dream BIG) :lol:
Would love to see Venus do it also but can't see it either :sobbing:

BluÄ
Apr 9th, 2011, 02:52 PM
After wtahcing Wozniacki's matches at Charleston, I am confident that she will not win.

Wozniacki played crap at Sydney and she was a point away of the final in Australia, anything can happen. There is still a long way to go yet!

lurker
Apr 9th, 2011, 06:17 PM
With the current weak state of the WTA, if the Woz doesn't win this GS, she'll never win a slam. Actually, I think the winner will not come from the list above.

MiiMo
Apr 9th, 2011, 07:20 PM
It was concluded that Sharapova is going to win, why is this thread still going on?

THIS.:worship:

DaMamaJama87
Apr 9th, 2011, 07:25 PM
My prayers are with Kim :angel:

Sp!ffy
Apr 9th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Im quite confident JJ isnt winning this...

Juju Nostalgique
Apr 9th, 2011, 08:34 PM
Hopefully it doesn't turn out as Roland Pushos or the Pushench Open... :scared: :weirdo:

Pasta-Na
Apr 9th, 2011, 08:35 PM
kim or golden flower pls :angel:

Miracle Worker
Apr 9th, 2011, 08:51 PM
I voted for JJ, but now I wanna vote again:help:

Bismarck.
Apr 9th, 2011, 09:10 PM
I voted for JJ, but now I wanna vote again:help:

It was a fairly stupid choice in the first place. You should know by now that it's asinine to pick Jelena to win anything. Anything.

Miracle Worker
Apr 9th, 2011, 09:15 PM
It was a fairly stupid choice in the first place. You should know by now that it's asinine to pick Jelena to win anything. Anything.

Probably I will never learn this.

You know what they say: Man learns whole life and dies stupid.

*Nefertiti*
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:57 AM
I voted for JJ, but now I wanna vote again:help:

:sobbing:

*Nefertiti*
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:01 AM
20 votes for ClayPova :o

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:10 AM
Well, JJ lost last year to Hantuchova :tape: (although she was playing quite well last year on clay) at Charleston and then went on to worry Justine no end at Stuttgart despite skewing the H2H still further, beat Serena and thrash Venus back to back at Rome and reach the final, play decent until being overpowered by a rampaging Rezai at Madrid and then make the RG semis. So maybe her best form is ahad of her, on the red clay.

gc-spurs
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:13 AM
COI! COI! COI!

Moooooooooooo!

*Nefertiti*
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:22 AM
COI! COI! COI!

Moooooooooooo!

You really think cow on ice can win it?

JamieOwen3
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:31 AM
if there was any year that Maria really had a chance it should be this year with the current state of the WTA so if we MOO loud enough Maria might be in with a shot :p

gc-spurs
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:34 AM
You really think cow on ice can win it?

At the beginning of the claycourt season last year did you think Schiavone would win it?

*Nefertiti*
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:46 AM
No. But I don't know, Sharapova is a weak clay player. Has she ever won a big clay tourney?

JamieOwen3
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:54 AM
she's won amelia island on the green clay and reached the SF at RG when the field was Very much stronger than it is currently.

Sp!ffy
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:05 AM
No. But I don't know, Sharapova is a weak clay player. Has she ever won a big clay tourney?

Strasbourg, and probably Madrid and Rome this year.

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:05 AM
Um... yeah, beating Loit, Craybas, Kudryatseva and Chakvetadze. Should have lost to Schnyder who of course predictably choked. Was spanked mercilessly by Ana.

Also, during that Amelia Island run, she had marathons against Garrigues and Bondarenko, a walkover, and a tight final against Cibulkova.

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:08 AM
Strasbourg, and probably Madrid and Rome this year.

http://i46.tinypic.com/4kcg1z.gif

Sp!ffy
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:11 AM
Um... yeah, beating Loit, Craybas, Kudryatseva and Chakvetadze. Should have lost to Schnyder who of course predictably choked. Was spanked mercilessly by Ana.

Also, during that Amelia Island run, she had marathons against Garrigues and Bondarenko, a walkover, and a tight final against Cibulkova.

Stop bringing down Maria's achievements you hag.

*Nefertiti*
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:21 AM
It wont be bad if Maria wins, I am just being realistic about her chances. Don't take it bad, just discussing her clay abilities. Winning Roland Garros isn't easy.

Vartan
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:26 AM
:cheer: let's prove them wrong, Maria!

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:30 AM
Stop bringing down Maria's achievements you hag.

First you acquire a sense of perspective. Now I will admit she had a good chance in 2008 when she was clearly on a high, was no.1, and had a draw filled with Russians all the way to the final.

goldenlox
Apr 10th, 2011, 06:41 AM
I liked what I saw from Caroline this week. She was the best player in Charleston.
I'm looking forward to watching Stuttgart & Rome, Madrid to see if anyone steps up.
But right now, I would pick Caroline or Vika.

KBlade
Apr 10th, 2011, 07:52 AM
I doubt Maria will ever win the French Open, but she has made it to the Semi's (during the year where she had the most trouble) which is not a result to be laughed at. But I invite her to prove me wrong, TF would probably crash if she did win it, and people would be dramatically proclaiming that the tour is over, and what ever else it is people do.

I'm thinking maybe a dark horse could make a run again. Does anyone know what Kvitova, or other up and coming players are like on clay? Even Pavyluchenkova seems reasonable on the surface.

Break My Rapture
Apr 10th, 2011, 12:42 PM
No. But I don't know, Sharapova is a weak clay player. Has she ever won a big clay tourney?
For me, Maria seems to improve on the dirt every year.

Smitten
Apr 10th, 2011, 12:56 PM
I doubt Maria will ever win the French Open, but she has made it to the Semi's (during the year where she had the most trouble) which is not a result to be laughed at. But I invite her to prove me wrong, TF would probably crash if she did win it, and people would be dramatically proclaiming that the tour is over, and what ever else it is people do.

I'm thinking maybe a dark horse could make a run again. Does anyone know what Kvitova, or other up and coming players are like on clay? Even Pavyluchenkova seems reasonable on the surface.

Pavlyuchenkova, sadly, is nothing on clay. Kvitova won't be making a huge splash either.

If you're looking for a 2nd/3rd tier player to possibly go keep, that would be Kaia Kanepi. Clay is her favorite surface, her best surface, and she's already made the QF once.

Dulgheru could make the QF, but not win the event.

Personally, I would not mind Szavay catching from for another run but that's unlikely.

Miracle Worker
Apr 10th, 2011, 12:58 PM
Pavlyuchenkova, sadly, is nothing on clay. Kvitova won't be making a huge splash either.

If you're looking for a 2nd/3rd tier player to possibly go keep, that would be Kaia Kanepi. Clay is her favorite surface, her best surface, and she's already made the QF once.

Dulgheru could make the QF, but not win the event.

Personally, I would not mind Szavay catching from for another run but that's unlikely.

Kaia Kanepi maybe reach QF, but nothing more.

BlueTrees
Apr 10th, 2011, 01:07 PM
I think either Wozniacki, Clijsters, Azarenka or Serena (if she bothers to show up).

JamieOwen3
Apr 10th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Julia Goerges? a good choice as a dark horse :)

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 10th, 2011, 01:58 PM
I liked what I saw from Caroline this week. She was the best player in Charleston.
I'm looking forward to watching Stuttgart & Rome, Madrid to see if anyone steps up.
But right now, I would pick Caroline or Vika.

I think you'll be watching the entire clay tournaments this year, cause Caro is playing them all ;)

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 10th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Maria is so winning this one. She'll start by winning Rome and Madrid and then the Big one defeating Kuznetsova in the final :rolleyes::spit:.

bbjpa
Apr 10th, 2011, 02:14 PM
Dulgheru, because there is no Warsaw this year :happy:

debby
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:30 PM
Who cares ? Marbella is over, and we all know Marbella is by far superior to RG. Duh.

JJ has a very prestigious Slam and Vika has just won a Slam :hysteric: she was so happy :awww:

debby
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:32 PM
For me, Maria seems to improve on the dirt every year.

Henin had to play her best tennis to beat Sharapova last year.
In 2005, Henin destroyed her and didn't even play that well.

You are right :yeah: (I am talking about Henin because she is one of these clay GOATS)

Synth
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:36 PM
I'm thinking Wozniacki has the best shot, followed by Clijsters, then Serena if she decides to show, then Jankovic, then some combination of Kuznetsova, Schiavone, Stosur. If they manage to play into form before RG all have good shots, and Ivanovic as a dark horse.

I would include Azarenka if she wasn't so fragile. I have doubts about whether or not she'll be able to stay healthy this whole clay season and into RG. Sharapova never struck me a strong clay player, but she could surprise me. Word to her, if she does.

MiiMo
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Maria is clearly improving on clay,and perhaps Hogstedt will help her to make her way even further this year at the RG2011. By the way, she's nothin' to defend, appart from her Strasbourg title, during the claycourt. I hope that she will go there and defend her title. But I Guess she won't.

s_j
Apr 10th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Maria has an excellent chance of making the top 8 for RG since she has nothing to defend during the clay season, excluding Strasbourg, which won't be included in the seedings for RG anyway. Maria should have a great shot of making the second week and, who knows, could even win it. Top faves for me are Maria, Caro, Vika and JJ.

Miss Amor
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:04 PM
Maria should have a great shot of making the second week and, who knows, could even win it. Top faves for me are Maria, Caro, Vika and JJ.

And when was the last time she actually did that in a Grandslam?

MiiMo
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:10 PM
And when was the last time she actually did that in a Grandslam?

Actually, at Roland Garros... So it's not that stupid to consider this Idea ;)

Miss Amor
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Actually, at Roland Garros... So it's not that stupid to consider this Idea ;)

So its been 2 years since she made it to the second week of a slap, yea?


Not to mention Cibulba embarrassed her completely when she actually made it there :lol:

Corswandt
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:20 PM
This will be the most wide open French Open ever.

I will honestly not be surprised to see someone like Flavia Pennetta, Alexandra Dulgheru, or Kaia Kanepi win the whole thing.

Agreed that this will be a huge opportunity for a number of B-list players such as those you mention - and I'd add Peer, Ivanovic and maybe even Petkovic.

I wouldn't be surprised if players ranked even lower go deep into it though.

For the English Open, I'd expect Wickmayer, Bartoli, Kanepi, Kvitova and possibly Safarova to be among the leading dark horses. Makarova is too underpowered.

And Na Li may well spring back to life at either one (or both) of these Slams.

Still, at the latter stages of the tournament, I expect that the experience and confidence of the top ranked players who survived to make it that far (often playing like crap) will be decisive, and that they'll prevail in the end even if the upstarts manage to outplay them for a while.

Kimberley won't play RG. I didn't care much for the little I saw from Snickers at Marbella (she may go deep if she gets a top 4 seeding though). The "Martha will win RG" joke wasn't funny even in the first 10 million times it was used. Kuznetsova has no serve.

This leaves Wozniacka, Zvonareva and Jankovic for RG.

And I'd still take out Jankovic - her RG SF vs Stosur proved beyond reasonable doubt that she'll never win a Slam.

So basically I'm expecting either complete bedlam or undescribable horror.

I'd rather wait for the casualty list before saying anything else about the English Open.

What about Kvitova? I've never seen her play on clay.

Consider yourself fortunate.

Steadyniacki
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:22 PM
LOL one thing for sure is that Marion aint winning it :sobbing:
I voted fran for the repeat!

Caro will probably make the final.

MiiMo
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:28 PM
So its been 2 years since she made it to the second week of a slap, yea?


Not to mention Cibulba embarrassed her completely when she actually made it there :lol:

By the way, 2nd weeks in slams begins with Last 16 Stage, which means she's on 3 Grand slams 2nd week in a row :)

Break My Rapture
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:34 PM
I fear this might even be more raunchy than US Open 2010.

Grand Slum. :bigcry:

JamieOwen3
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:52 PM
When did they change the name Wimbledon to "The English Open"? :p and if you change it include everyone so The British Open would be a teeny bit better :lol:
Wimbledon is even more unique since it's the only slam who has had a movie made in it's name. random truth :p

debby
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:00 PM
I hate when people call RG "The French Open"....

Corswandt
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:10 PM
I hate when people call RG "The French Open"....

I've given up on trying to fight that.

So now I just call that GS tournament played on grass "The English Open".

Hian
Apr 10th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Zvonareva without a doubt

:spit: BepaMaria :worship:

Sp!ffy
Apr 10th, 2011, 07:26 PM
And when was the last time she actually did that in a Grandslam?

Reetard, players do progress you know. And this also happens to be her highest ranking in a few years so maybe thats indicative of something? :rolleyes:

Craig.
Apr 10th, 2011, 10:28 PM
And when was the last time she actually did that in a Grandslam?

3 months ago? :confused:

theFutureisNow
Apr 10th, 2011, 11:25 PM
Can you imagine if a year ago you said that Wozniacki would be the favorite to win the 2011 French Open?

Insane would be an understatement.

If she's not the favorite right now there is no one too far ahead of her.

AkademiQ
Apr 10th, 2011, 11:28 PM
Serena's not playing so it would do my heart good to have one of Oracene's favorites, Jelena, win it.

MiiMo
Apr 11th, 2011, 05:01 PM
Kim is not playing
Serena is not playing
Venus is probably not playing, but who knows.
Please God, make anyone win this french open but Caroline Wozniacki or Franseca Schiavone.

Miracle Worker
Apr 11th, 2011, 05:06 PM
Caroline Wozniacki is leading in poll :eek:

OK, Vera c'mon!!! After JJ's disaster in Charleston you're my favo to win this.

Of course just after Alex...

Markus
Apr 11th, 2011, 05:10 PM
Vika will surprise us

Macomere
Apr 11th, 2011, 05:12 PM
Kim is not playing
Serena is not playing
Venus is probably not playing, but who knows.
Please God, make anyone win this french open but Caroline Wozniacki or Franseca Schiavone.
Serena- not definite, but MIGHT play..check her recent twitter post
Venus- Venus is playing, she just might not play her usual clay warm ups..
and whats wrong with Fran, :lol:

ReboundAce
Apr 11th, 2011, 08:43 PM
Caro the Wall is the favorite , but she will fall under pressure in the final with J lo, i mean JJ :lol::lol::lol::lol:

MiiMo
Apr 11th, 2011, 08:46 PM
Serena- not definite, but MIGHT play..check her recent twitter post
Venus- Venus is playing, she just might not play her usual clay warm ups..
and whats wrong with Fran, :lol:

She does not deserve her top 5 spot and This RG 2011 will get her out of this Top 5
Are you realizing : Schiavone in the top 5 :O

tkutsaar
Apr 11th, 2011, 10:56 PM
If you throw out Kimís and Serenaís vote totals the voting in this poll goes like this as of the time of this posting: Caro 25.2%; Jelena 23.2%; Maria 14.2%; Stosur & Vika both at 9.7%; Vera 7.7%; Fran 6.5% and Na Li 3.9%.

This demonstrates the fact that such an early poll has to be subject to change given the possibilities of injuries. Those who voted for Kim obviously had a sincere belief of her victory but in light of the latest news it seems certain she will not play. Those of you who voted for Serena must believe in a miraculous recovery that is not borne by any news to suggest she will be able to play in the FO.