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Old Jun 1st, 2008, 02:47 AM   #1
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"Surprise" RG Semifinalists

It seems as though each of the last few years there is a surprise Semifinalist at RG. I guess last year is an exception because all the SFists were top 8 seeds, but Maria getting there without a shoulder was still a surprise. But before that:

2006 - Nicole Vaidisova
2005 - Elena Likhovtseva
2004 - Paola Suarez
2003 - Nadia Petrova
2002- Clarisa Fernandez

Certainly a strong chance that this will happen again.
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Old Jun 1st, 2008, 02:49 AM   #2
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Azarenka, Pennetta.
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Re: "Surprise" RG Semifinalists

azarenka has my vote. I can see her winning against kuzzie and then she should make the semi. If somehow penetta or aga manage to make it i'd be really surprised.

If kvitova or kanepi make it
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Old Jun 1st, 2008, 03:28 AM   #4
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Suarez Navarro
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Old Jun 1st, 2008, 03:30 AM   #5
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Re: "Surprise" RG Semifinalists

I think Azarenka could be the surprise Semifinalist this year.
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Re: "Surprise" RG Semifinalists

This year I think there can be 4 surprise semifinalist. I think Schnyder and Srebotnik can beat Ivanovic, Azarenka can beat Kuznetsova, Safina can beat Sharapova, and Pennetta or Radwanska can beat Jankovic. This could be an interesting next couple of days at Roland Garros. Predictions
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and the player who won that semi all went on to be runnerup..

2006 - Nicole Vaidisova < Sveta < Justine
2005 - Elena Likhovtseva < Mary < Justine
2004 - Paola Suarez < ElenaD < Nastya
2003 - Nadia Petrova < Kim < Justine
2002- Clarisa Fernandez < Venus < Serena
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and the player who won that semi all went on to be runnerup..

2006 - Nicole Vaidisova < Sveta < Justine
2005 - Elena Likhovtseva < Mary < Justine
2004 - Paola Suarez < ElenaD < Nastya
2003 - Nadia Petrova < Kim < Justine
2002- Clarisa Fernandez < Venus < Serena
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but Maria getting there without a shoulder was still a surprise.
so you are correct
Maria < Ana < Justine
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Old Jun 1st, 2008, 05:18 AM   #9
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so you are correct
Maria < Ana < Justine
i'd say that too. she is the surprise semifinalist of last year. blame that on Patty Schnyder who was sooo close to stop her and Anna C who played like a retard against her in QF
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i'd say that too. she is the surprise semifinalist of last year. blame that on Patty Schnyder who was sooo close to stop her and Anna C who played like a retard against her in QF
and the ultimate reason was she put her hard court tennis to there and (still) moved like a cow
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hopefully Safina will send that cow to eat grass in Birmingham
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Sharapova wouldn't be a surprise semifinalist even if the match were played on Mars. She'd made the QF twice before she made the SF.
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Re: "Surprise" RG Semifinalists

I would say Azarenka is a very likely semi-finalist. I can definitely see her upsetting Kuznetsova and then beating Kvitova/Kanepi. Maybe also Radwanska upsetting Jankovic, then beating Pennetta/Suarez Navarro could happen. And, although I hope not, if Safina beats Sharapova she'll definitely make the semis too.
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I would say Azarenka is a very likely semi-finalist. I can definitely see her upsetting Kuznetsova and then beating Kvitova/Kanepi. Maybe also Radwanska upsetting Jankovic, then beating Pennetta/Suarez Navarro could happen. And, although I hope not, if Safina beats Sharapova she'll definitely make the semis too.
Safina will probably win the whole thing now.
She is seeded #13 again- just like when she won her last big title. Lucky omen if you ask me.
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