Here's Jon Wertheim's seeds report for women for this year's Open:
He has a nice prediction, too: Maria Sharapova vs. Nicole Vaidisova in the final, with Maria prevailing. It's on the second page, but I linked the first page because that's where the article starts, and also because there's a full body shot of Maria in flight, in flaming yellow and blue. Nice picture.
LOL, I like the prediction per se, but it's all too Hollywoodish good to be true. There are far too many similarities and contrasts between Maria and Nicole, the match up is so obvious only the movies could have scripted it.
6 foot or so tall? Check on both
Ponytail blonde? Check on both
Striking looks? Check
Eastern European extraction? Check on both
Is one of them a Czech? Check (OK, lame attempt at a joke
Adopted homeland? In some ways, yes, Nicole has Germany and was even listed briefly as a German, Maria has the US, although they still play for their 'mother' countries.
Live/train in the United States? Check
Good to excellent English? Check
Famous Italian-American name tennis academy in Florida? Check
Big serve? Big/power game? Check, check. The contrast lies in their strong side, Maria is stronger in the backhand, where her ambidexterity (she has an equally powerful left arm) plays a big part. Nicole's forehand, in full display against Kuznetsova in the French, is devastating.
Shoe endorsement? Check. And fittingly, Nike and Reebok, the fiercest (so fierce it's personal between the two companies) rivalry in sports apparel
Had to go through a period in career being regarded as the second coming (or even a clone) of another player named -'ova?
Check on both. Maria was once considered a Kournikova-clone, until she proved them wrong by growing several inches taller than the original
and winning 12 titles, including a major. Nicole Vaidisova has had to endure being called a Sharapova-clone due to some similarities in their physical form and parts of their game and the way they're marketed/built up. She even won the two lower tier tournaments that Maria used to own, the Japan AIG and Hansol Korea Open.