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Between the Lines: Garros 2003-Women's Singles Preview & Player Odds (Tennis server)

Garros 2003 Preview


Ray Bowers



THE WOMEN'S SINGLES

At this time last year, Serena Williams's run of four consecutive Slam conquests had not yet begun. Serena stood fourth in the year-to-date rankings, not many points ahead of the fifth and sixth rankers. But Serena's readiness to break out upward was detectable by looking at the outcomes of recent head-to-head play among the elite women players. We try the same exercise this year.

Serena ranks second to Clijsters in the official tabulation for year 2003 to date. But Serena has won all three of their 2003 head-to-head meetings.

Serena also leads in the play among the current elite superstars. I believe that this group consists of just seven players, who indeed are the top seven in the running 12-month WTA rankings. Each of the four Americans in the group has won at least two Slams, while the three Europeans have played at an equivalent level for some time.

Here are the records of the seven in 2003 head-to-head play within the group. Note that Davenport's two wins both came against Capriati, and that three of Clijsters's losses were to Serena.

Serena Williams, 7-2
Clijsters, 7-5
Henin-Hardenne, 5-4
Mauresmo, 3-3
Venus Williams, 2-2
Davenport, 2-4
Capriati, 0-6

Serena is thus confirmed as the clear favorite entering Garros. Here are the odds.

Serena, 2-1
Clijsters, 4-1
Venus, Henin-Hardenne, each 10-1
Mauresmo, 16-1
Capriati, Davenport, each 20-1
all others, 50-1 or longer

I believe that Serena will win the tournament, and that Clijsters will be the runner-up. The other semi-finalists will be Henin and Mauresmo, in my opinion. Also reaching the quarters will be non-elites Dokic, Zvonareva, Sugiyama, and Conchita Martinez.

Thank you in advance, ESPN, ESPN2, and NBC.

--Ray Bowers
 

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I believe that Serena will win the tournament, and that Clijsters will be the runner-up. The other semi-finalists will be Henin and Mauresmo, in my opinion.
This person doesnt know what he is talking about...if he choses serena to win then how can mauresmo be a semifinalist? :rolleyes:
 

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LOL..he has the draw fucked up in his mind. I didn't realize that actually, but good close reading, iLuVenuSerena. :)

Anything so that Venus doesn't 'do well'. ;)
 

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Maybe he made his predictions before the draw was released ... otherwise, he's just making a fool of himself!

Anyway, this 0-6 for Capriati does look really BAD!
 

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Well lets hope that that record changes in the next 2 weeks! :bounce: ;)
 

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Hey, what made you change to "Capriati Fan" for 2003? ;)
 

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dont likes these predictions 1jackson2001--not agree do with them i dont
 

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Jordan. said:
dont likes these predictions 1jackson2001--not agree do with them i dont
As much as I try to decipher whatever you have written. I must say that I do not really understand what is going on or what you are trying to say. However, if you pay attention I will state that those 'predictions' up there are not of mine but of the writer (Ray Bowers). So this is just in case that you were meaning to be like that or if it was something along the lines of that mumbo jumbo or whatever that comes out...and blah blah...and I shall cease my endless rant here...pfff
 

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thanks for explain me--sorry dont know that was not your--dont angry at me please--thanks to you
 

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Lol, seeing how Conchita-Dokic play eqach other in the third round, I dont see how they can both make the Quarterfinals. And Sugiyama/Amelie are BOTH in Serena's quarter, wow this dude is stu.pid.
 

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Jordan. said:
thanks for explain me--sorry dont know that was not your--dont angry at me please--thanks to you
I no angry to you. ;)
 

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Man, if VENUS wins or gets another runnerup at RG it will make a lot of experts and naysayers look quite stupid. :)
 
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