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Serena (1)v. Amelie (5)
H2H: Serena leads 5:1
1999-02-22 Paris Indoor Hardcourt F Serena Williams (USA) 6-2 3-6 7-6(4)
2000-02-14 Hannover Indoor Hardcourt SF Serena Williams (USA) 6-2 6-7(4) 7-6(3)
2002-01-07 Sydney Hardcourt QF Serena Williams (USA) 6-4 7-6(6)
2002-06-24 Wimbledon Grass SF Serena Williams (USA) 6-2 6-1
2003-02-03 Paris Indoor Hardcourt F Serena Williams (USA) 6-3 6-2
2003-05-12 Rome Clay SF Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 1-6 7-5 6-3

Analysis: Although Serena has historically dominated, Amelie won their only meeting on clay three weeks ago.
However, word from Mary C. is that Amelie is still very tight in the locker-room.
This could be a very good match, if Amelie keeps her nerves under control. Serena will also be reeling from the loss of her sister in the draw.
Pick: Serena in three

Justine (4) v. Chanda (8)
Justine leads 3:2
2000-01-10 Hobart Hardcourt QF Chanda Rubin (USA) 7-5 0-6 6-2
2001-01-08 Canberra Hardcourt QF Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 6-2 6-4
2001-10-08 Filderstadt Indoor Hardcourt R16 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 7-5 3-6 6-3
2002-10-21 Linz Indoor Carpet SF Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 7-6(1) 6-4
2003-03-17 Miami Hardcourt QF Chanda Rubin (USA) 6-3 6-2

Analysis: This is another "silent rivalry" (almost anything with Rubin is). Chanda won their lastest meeting at Miami, but these two have never played on clay. Already both had face hard 3 setters, and Justine will feel the pressure increasing as she goes through the rounds. Can Chanda pull an upset?
Pick: Justine in straights


Nadia v. Vera (22)
The Battle of the Russian Starlets
Analysis:These two have never played each other, but both posted upsets in the 4th rd., beating Jennifer and Venus. I haven't seen Nadia play, but Vera looked very convincing in her win against Venus. I think she has a date with the SFs.
Pick: Vera in three.

Conchita (24) v. Kim (2)
Kim leads 2:1
2000-07-31 San Diego Hardcourt R32 Conchita Martinez (ESP) 6-3 6-4
2000-10-02 Filderstadt Indoor Hardcourt QF Kim Clijsters (BEL) 7-5 7-5
2003-03-03 Indian Wells Hardcourt SF Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6-3 6-2
Analysis: Although they have never played on clay, Kim has won their last two meetings, including a win over Conchita on her winning run of Indian Wells.
Pick: Kim in straights.
 

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OK, I'm 99,9% certain that Vera will lose to Nadia.
 

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I am pretty sure Nadia will get through Vera I think. She has romped past her first 3 rounds, and she actually beat a pretty good Jenn there today
 

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nadia vs vera is a tossup. Nadia is looking tougher but Vera's game might bother her. Vera is clever.


but Nadia will be tough, tough opponent for Kim if both make it to the semis.
 

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I think that Venus' loss is going to actually motivate Serena much more. Also, I think that Serena is also motivated by unfriendly crowds! It sounds strange, but that's what she said in her interview!
However, I agree...it'll probably be a 3-setter for Serena.

For some reason, I think that Chanda will have a good chance against Justine tomorrow!! It should be a very good match nonetheless.

I'm leaning towards Nadia over Vera. Vera is higher ranked and SHOULD win, but Nadia is on fire! She's doing excellent and playing like she's a top 10 player! She may well be on her way to the top (I hope so!).

I think that Kim will beat Conchita, but I think it's going to be a harder fight than most people are predicting. Conchita is good on clay. But Kim is better overall.

Good luck girls!!! :)
 

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Okay, as I said I know nothing about Petrova. Can someone give me a scouting report and a picture? What are her weapons? Has she been truly tested in the tournament?
 

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Tennis Fool said:
Okay, as I said I know nothing about Petrova. Can someone give me a scouting report and a picture? What are her weapons? Has she been truly tested in the tournament?
YES! She has been TRULY tested. She beat Monica in the 1R and then a pretty good playing Jennifer in 4R. She's got it all. She just needs to be consistent at it. If she gains consistency (and no injuries), WATCH OUT WORLD!!! :p
 

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Agreed with your predictions except I think Nadia will beat Vera in three or two close sets. Her serve will be the deciding factor in the match.
 

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Serena will win her match against Amelie because I think Amelie nerves and Serena's desire to win since her sister is no longer in the tournament will be the deciding factor in this match. Plus, I am not impressed with Amelie's service game this tournament.

Justine is ripe for an upset against Chanda on clay, but I don't think it is coming in this tournament, mainly because of Chanda's shaky serve.

I just finished watching the Capriati/Petrova match and considering that Vera got most of her points on Venus' erros and Petrova played a great match against Capriati and at one point was hitting winners left and right, I think Petrova will be in the semifinal.

Many people think Kim will have an easy match against Conchita, but I don't think so. A fact that has been missed when talking about the French Open is that other than Serena and Amelie, Conchita is the only other women's player to not have dropped a set in the tournament and her service games have been solid (I don' thtink she hs been broken as much). Considering that and Kim's service game is just as shaky as Amelie's (and would be out of the tournament tonight also if she were playing a better player), I think Conchita will reach the semifinal.

So I think the semifinals will be:

Serena vs. Justine
Conchita vs. Nadia
 

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I hope your predictions come true liz!
 

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both Nadia and Vera are on fire... i want Nadia to win though, she played amazing tennis vs Capriati and Seles... go Nadia
 

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Agreed with your predictions except I think Nadia will beat Vera in three or two close sets. Her serve will be the deciding factor in the match.
I agree! If she serves like she did today she should beat Vera. But I wouldn't count Vera out she is such a fighter.
 

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lizchris said:
Serena will win her match against Amelie because I think Amelie nerves and Serena's desire to win since her sister is no longer in the tournament will be the deciding factor in this match. Plus, I am not impressed with Amelie's service game this tournament.

Justine is ripe for an upset against Chanda on clay, but I don't think it is coming in this tournament, mainly because of Chanda's shaky serve.

I just finished watching the Capriati/Petrova match and considering that Vera got most of her points on Venus' erros and Petrova played a great match against Capriati and at one point was hitting winners left and right, I think Petrova will be in the semifinal.

Many people think Kim will have an easy match against Conchita, but I don't think so. A fact that has been missed when talking about the French Open is that other than Serena and Amelie, Conchita is the only other women's player to not have dropped a set in the tournament and her service games have been solid (I don' thtink she hs been broken as much). Considering that and Kim's service game is just as shaky as Amelie's (and would be out of the tournament tonight also if she were playing a better player), I think Conchita will reach the semifinal.

So I think the semifinals will be:

Serena vs. Justine
Conchita vs. Nadia

I'd love to see those semi match ups but I don't think Concita can take out Kim but it would be nice to see her win.
 

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Amelie in three :eek:
Justine in two
Vera in three
Conchita in three :eek:

(well, i did predicted that both jen and venus were going to lose today in the last predicitons thread)
 

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I hope your predictions come true liz!
I hope so too. Though I am disappointed that Venus lost and will probably fall to nubmer four in the rankings, I posted yesterday that she could be upset if she played like she did in the second round and unfortunately, I was right. I also said that Jennifer and Lindsay could probably be upset today and I was right also. But I saw Kim's match today and I see AO 2003 all over again for her.
 

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I think Serena will be gunning for Amelie's blood, after Venus' loss. Also, Mauresmo has not faced a formidable opponent yet. Serena will be her first real test. Another thing is that she'll be nervous playing in front of the critical French crowd.

I think Chanda can cause an upset here. This match could go either way, but I'll give Chanda the edge.

I think that Nadia will beat Vera. I agree with the person that said Vera gained a lot of her points off Venus' errors. After seeing Nadia's match against Jennifer, I think she's more likely to go to the finals if she keeps up that level of play.

Kim will tire Conchita out very quickly. I don't care how crafty Conchita is, she will not be able to compete with Kim. After that scare today, Kim will be ready for the crafty Conchita.
 

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I agree with the "Watch for Chanda crowd". I really think anyone in the top half could end up in the Final, or even winning it. But right now Kim is in a great spot.
 

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Yes Nadia has the advantage on Vera with the serve, but Vera has more variety in terms of pace...and she hits more angles than Nadia...it should be an interesting match...I'm sure Nadia will be pumped to make her first semi and to win against her russian compatriot who is younger than her...
 

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Chanda wont beat Juju on clay...Juju moves better than her and Juju has the better first and second serve...
 

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Yes Nadia has the advantage on Vera with the serve, but Vera has more variety in terms of pace...and she hits more angles than Nadia...it should be an interesting match...I'm sure Nadia will be pumped to make her first semi and to win against her russian compatriot who is younger than her...
I agre with you, but I think that Nadia seems to be more consistent and hits a lot more winners. I will record this one because it should be a great match.
 
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