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FINALS

Kim vs. Justine:
Belgium final, it is. Well, my guess for the final was wrong, but I knew that the Belgium Final was very possible. Serena had the toughest time against Justine and the crowd and the pressure. Justine did a great job getting the balls back centered in the court waiting for Serena to miss, but I must say, Justine's sportmanship left a bad sour taste in my mouth, but i could understand the desperation of getting some easy breaks in a Grand Slam where history and $$$ is in stake. If Justine keeps the same game plan against Kim, she can win this tourney. If Justine tries to pound the ball and tries to make all the winners, I think that Justine will lose from unforced errors. Kim has the mental edge although she hasn't played her best yet. Kim has to raise her level. Kim has had the easy road to this final, so she has the raise the bar a couple of notches. Justine could be mentally tired from the Serena match. Maybe, the tide could turn on Justine because of the last match. I'm gonna give the edge to Kim.


SEMIFINALS

Serena vs. Henin: Serena rocked Mauresmo. This has been the most focused i've ever seen her play. Mauresmo will have better Grand Slam chances every where other than the French, it shows that she's not ready even at 23. Serena is a champ and fought for every point. It was amazing. Henin played well against Rubin. Henin's forehand was awesome and is underrated because people think of her as having such a huge backhand...but for me, I think her forehand can do more damage. I think that if Serena keeps her mental focus the way she did against Mauresmo, she can take it in 2sets. Serena has such an underrated return of serve, and she will definitely be pressuring Henin on it. Henin has to keep giving Serena the different balls to get the win, but I think that Serena is ready for Henin. Serena in 2..or if not at her best, in 3.

Petrova vs. Clijsters: I hope that Kim is aware of Petrova. Not only did Petrova beat Seles, Capriati, and Zvonareva at this tournament alone, but Petrova had an in-form-Venus on the ropes last year in Gold Coast before Petrova injured her shoulder. Petrova is the real deal. I think that this match can go 3sets either way. There is more pressure on Kim because she is the favorite here..and if Petrova gives Kim a run for her money, Kim will be in big trouble because Petrova can finish up her matches.

Although I'm predicting Serena to win and Petrova to create an upset, there still is a big chance for a Belgian Roland Garros Final because these two Belgians can retrieve balls from anywhere on the court. Good Luck to all the Ladies of the Final Four.


QUARTERFINALS

Serena vs. Mauresmo: The match everyone is waiting for. France will be on Amelie's side, and the pressure is better for Amelie because she will feel like the underdog and will do anything for the win against Serena. On the other hand, Serena's game will be ignited by the crowds' favor for Amelie. Pressure of being the favorite will not be a factor here. Can Amelie rise to the occassion and get past the Quarters in her home country? We'll see soon. I see a tough 3 setter to Serena who is mentally tough especially in Grand Slams.

Henin vs. Rubin. Both had 3set matches in the last round. Player with the less errors will win. Henin will make more winners, but has to hold down the UE's. It has been a dream draw for Rubin. It would be great to see her back in the Semi's of a Grand Slam, but this is Henin's big chance to win a Grand Slam. She's one of the 3 favorites to win. Top half of the draw is the toughest with four of the top 8 still playing.

Petrova vs. Zvonareva: The young Russian guns are here. Kournikova who? This is the 2nd match that I am looking forward to see. No one would have guessed that they would be duking it out for the semifinals of a Grand Slam. After watching them take out the powerful Americans, they both have a chance against Kim. Kim will be the favorite and either one of these Russian girls will fight to win. They are mentally tough and did not wilt from nerves against Jen and Venus. I give the edge to Petrova because her serve is holding up well.

Conchita vs. Kim. Conchita is lucky that Davenport was injured. Davenport had many winners against her. Conchita is still a smart player but does not have the power of Kim. Kim knows that the draw has opened up widely for her. The top contenders have fallen in the quarters and its now up to her racquet to keep her chances in the final. Kim in 2sets.

2 Russians (1 will make the Semifinals for sure)
2 Americans (#1 player vs. hot player of the clay court season, another US player vs. hot player of the clay court season)
2 Belgians (opposite sides of the draw, have the easiest draws)
1 French (the favorite of the French people)
1 Spaniard (clay court specialist from 'back in the day' still here representing)


FOURTH ROUND
Top Quarter:
Serena vs. Ai. Ai has had a great run but does not have the firepower as Serena. Serena is like an Ai (upgraded), power, speed, accuracy. After watching Serena beat Schett with double bagels, Serena is the player to beat at this tournament. To earn Roland Garros crown, you gotta beat Serena. I don't see an upset here.
Serna vs. Mauresmo. Serna can give Mauresmo some trouble here, but Mauresmo has gotten so much faster and confident. It'll be a hard fought match. Mauresmo better not think of Serena yet. Edge to Amelie.

Second Quarter:
Henin vs. Schnyder. This will be another tough match up. Schnyder has all the strokes in the book and is a lefty to give the spins a different twist. Henin has to hold her composure and not make too many errors. Schnyder can break apart her opponents game. Although Henin beat Schnyder just a little while ago on clay, this is a different match and more is at stake. Upset could happen, but I still give the edge to Henin.
Mandula vs. Rubin. I dont know Mandula's game, but Chanda should use this match for a good practice before colliding with Henin. Chanda needs to hang in there so that she has a chance to play for her first semifinal of a Grand Slam in many years.

Third Quarter:
Capriati vs. Petrova. Capriati just recently beat Petrova. Jen knows what Petrova is all about now. Petrova has a powerful serve and big groundies, but Jen can handle the power. Petrova has nothing to lose and only to gain. So, Jen has to keep on her toes, otherwise upset may occur. Both are playing great tennis, but edge goes to Capriati.
Venus vs. Zvonareva. Looks like Venus is getting her groove back. A few days ago, I was already predicting that Zvonareva will duke it out with Capriati in the quarters, but the tables has changed. Venus is finding her game, but still needs to cut down on errors. Zvonareva had a semi-tough time with Lorenzo. Zvonareva has to cut down on her errors as well. Let's see if Vera can rise to the occassion, but we all know that Venus has risen for the occassion many times. Edge is back to Venus.

Bottom Quarter:
Lindsay vs. Martinez. Lindsay's foot is hurting, struggled at the end of the match against Dechy. If her foot feels better, she should outhit Martinez. Martinez is a great clay court player. She'll defnitely be alot of trouble for Lindsay. An upset can come here, but if Lindsay can move fine, she'll take it in two.
Clijsters vs. Maleeva. Kim should easily take this match. Kim has Maleeva's number beating her all three times that they've played. Maleeva will have to take some risks if she wants to win. Kim in two.



THIRD ROUND

Top Quarter:
A nice suprise from Barbara Schett! Where have you been? Well, its great to see Schett take out the semifinalists from last year. Is Schett back? Well, we'll see how she fares against Serena. But, Schett hasn't played the new Serena with all the angles to go along with her power. Ai should take out Meghann. Can Harkleroad keep her streak going? Ashley has Serna next. Ashley has a nice chance to make it to the 4th round. Mauresmo had an easy time with Krasnoroutskaya...i thought that it would have been a more difficult match. Amelie should fare will against Zuluaga. Serena and Mauresmo still on a collision course.

Second Quarter:
Henin cruised in the 2nd round. I dont know about Randriantefy's game, but Justine should make it through. Daniilidou vs. Schnyder match should be great. They will be able to test Henin. Chanda's section just got easier with the knock out of former champ Majoli. Granville is no sleeper though, she's been playing well lately. The other two seeds in her section are gone, Myskina and Raymond. Rubin just needs to finish up her matches so that she can collide w/Henin in the quarters.

Third Quarter:
Capriati should have a nice 3rd round against a qualifier, Vakulenko, but Petrova will give Jen a run for her money in the 4th. Zvonareva has been having an easy draw so far and she is lucky that she might get an error-filled Venus. Venus' play is erratic and will have to be careful against Farina-Elia. Elia can pull an upset if Venus doesn't get her balance. I still predict a Capriati/Venus quarter. Venus is a champion and will pull out some tricks from the hat.

Bottom Quarter:
Davenport should be fine against Dechy even if the crowd roots for Dechy. Conchita should make it another round and give Davenport trouble w/her clay court style. Grande vs. Maleeva should be a toss up. Maleeva can beat top players at her best. Grande can junk ball anyone and make it through. This third round will be another great experience for Kim to take on a clay specialists. Suarez took out Mauresmo last year, can she take out another seed? Davenport vs. Kim should be the quarter everyone wants to see.


SECOND ROUND

Top Quarter:
Serena had 10 unforced errors in her first 3games, but then, stepped it up and brought in her game. Serena had awesome strokes and great anticipation...she is running fast. She is definitely the player to beat. Mauresmo had a nice 1st round even after the close second set. She pulled it through. Fernandez vs. Schett will be a good match up to showcase where former top 10 player Schett is at. Fernandez had a great 1st round. Hantuchova vs. Harkleroad will be a great match aswell. I'm giving the edge to Harkleroad for beating Daniela a few weeks ago. Mauresmo will have a tough match against Kranoroutskaya...and may have another tough one against Loit. I still see a Serena/Mauresmo quarter.

Second Quarter:
Henin and Rubin's quarter is soft and they wont be tested until the 4th round most likely against Schnyder and Myskina. They both just have to be careful of losing early because this is a great quarter just to get through. Henin vs. Rubin quarter is still looming.

Third Quarter:
This tough quarter just got a little easier, especially for Capriati. Seles loss in the first round for the first time in her career in a Grand Slam. Still there are lots of clay court specialists in the section along with the best darkhorses of the tournament : Zvonareva...another nice round for her. If Venus is playing the way she is Zvonareva could be in the quarterfinal along w/Capriati. Venus had a very ugly match today...she was lucky that Reeves played worse. 47 errors in 2sets? with 8 DF's. very bad...and only 11 winners. If Venus gets her groove back...she'll make it to the quarters against Jennifer. We'll soon see....

Bottom Quarter:
Lindsay had an awesome 1st round after her vacation/wedding. She will have a tough one against Tulyaganova. Nice fight for Morariu and making it to the second round. Kim should easily make it to the quarters, but will have some nice clay court practice against some specialists. She needs to watch out for her next opponent Weingartner and then possibly Suarez. Lindsay vs. Kim quarter will be a fun match.



FIRST ROUND

Top Quarter:
Serena and Mauresmo are the heavy favorites to meet in the quarter. Serena has a nice draw. Although Serena hasn't won any championships on clay this year, she didn't lose in the Grand Slam. Also, she lost to two great clay court players, Henin and Mauresmo. Mauresmo has not been pass the Fourth Round here in the French, but that should change this year. At least to the Quarterfinals. This is a great draw for Mauresmo. If she does meet Serena in the quarters, she is of course the French favorite, but the underdog to beat Serena, so this mentality works for Mauresmo. Mauresmo finally has a win under her belt against Serena, so thats a great mental edge. Now, both just have to make it to the Quarters. Serena has an easier road even though last year's semi-finalist Clarisa Fernandez can meet her in the Third Round. Fernandez has not done much since last year's French. Pierce is in her draw, but Pierce is always injured and does not have match toughness under her belt. Mauresmo has a tougher section. She has a French woman in her first round (Razzano) and then Russian Krasnoroutskaya in a possible 2nd round meeting. The other high seed is Hantuchova, but i dont see her making a dent here...Daniela could go out to US's Harkleroad in the Second Round. Prediction (4th Round match ups prediction: Williams/Sugiyama and Harkleroad/Mauresmo

Second Quarter:
Justine Henin has a great quarter. She has the weakest of the top 8 seeds in her draw (Rubin). That does not say much because Rubin just won a clay court tournament last week. But, Rubin is more favorable to have the draw than a Capriati, Momo, or Davenport. The First seed that Henin could meet is Stevenson, but Stevenson is not much of a foe on clay. The first match that she could really have trouble with is against the winner of Schnyder or Daniilidou. Henin just needs to breeze past her early rounds and not lose to a 'nobody' which has happened to Henin before. Speaking of Having a great draw, so does Rubin. Rubin has former RG Champ Iva Majoli, but she's not playing like 1997. Myskina is also in Rubin's section but Myskina is not playing like last year, she may go out earlier. So, Rubin just has to get through her early rounds to clash with Henin, which Rubin would rather play with than a Venus, Serena, or Kim in the quarters.(4th Round match ups prediction: Henin/Schnyder and Myskina/Rubin

Third Quarter:
The toughest Quarter. Capriati, Seles, and Venus make up this quarter alone along with lots of clay court lovers (Zvonareva, C.Martinez Granados, Husarova, Coetzer) to name a few. Capriati and Seles who can meet in the Fourth Round have tough first round opponents. Kruger who will try to find a way to win and Petrova, a huge server. After the First Round, Capriat better be ready for another great clay court matchup against Bartoli or Schiavone. Seles should meet Coetzer in the Third round, but her injury could hold her back. Venus' section is better, but she should watch out for Zvonareva who is playing great clay court tennis and took a set from Serena last year at the French or Dementieva who has played well this year. Venus has been overlooked as a favorite here with injuries and a few loses, but Venus has a Champion's edge, she knows how to win matches, she can win 'ugly' if she must. (4th Round match ups prediction: Capriati/Seles and Zvonareva/Venus)

Bottom Quarter:
Clijsters' quarter may look easy at first sight, but its not. She has US' Frazier in the first round even though Frazier not the best clay court player, she can still play a good match. Then, Kim might get a work out against Weingartner in the 2nd round. Then, she'll have to go against clay court specialist Suarez or Bedanova in the 3rd round. 4th round doesn't get easier, she may play Bovina or veteran Maleeva. Then, a most probable meeting with Davenport. Davenport can definitely play on clay, she proved it by beating Capriati a month ago. Slower balls means that Davenport has more time to T-off and hit her awesome groundies. Davenport can construct better points on clay now. Davenport has Dechy, Conchita and an off-Dokic in her section. Davenport should make it through. (4th Round match ups prediction: Davenport/Martinez and Maleeva/Clijsters
 
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Everybody is an analyst on this board. Some of them even don't know who beat who.
Dementiava has beaten Venus earlier this year.
He or she is maybe refering to that FED CUP win
which in a way is not counted as a win.
 

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hinquit said:
Everybody is an analyst on this board. Some of them even don't know who beat who.
Dementiava has beaten Venus earlier this year.
He or she is maybe refering to that FED CUP win
which in a way is not counted as a win.
uh...no...the last time dementieva and venus met was last year in miami and the only time elena beat venus was at fed cup 99' ;)
 

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iLuVenuSerena said:
uh...no...the last time dementieva and venus met was last year in miami and the only time elena beat venus was at fed cup 99' ;)
I don't know why you are quoting me. I said the very thing you just
said in your post. Everybody knows Russia and America never played
FED CUP since 1999 and if I did not mention any date or year it doesn't
mean I am refering to any FED CUP other than 1999.
 

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tennisIlove09 said:
I think he confused Dementieva with Shaughnessy

AND BTW...Fed-Cup does count towards year Win/Loss Record and official H2H
No way. You are wrong. If you look at the official heads to heads
record, they will have a star to win indicating is not official.
Go to CNNSI.soprt and look at the win/loss record, there will be a star.
 

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Thanks. Good job!
 

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hinquit said:
I don't know why you are quoting me. I said the very thing you just
said in your post. Everybody knows Russia and America never played
FED CUP since 1999 and if I did not mention any date or year it doesn't
mean I am refering to any FED CUP other than 1999.
i quoted you because you said "Dementiava has beaten Venus earlier this year"...and BTW, fed cup does count as a win, and CNNSI isnt the official tennis site, so i dont know why you would be looking there :rolleyes:
 

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iLuVenuSerena said:
i quoted you because you said "Dementiava has beaten Venus earlier this year"...and BTW, fed cup does count as a win, and CNNSI isnt the official tennis site, so i dont know why you would be looking there :rolleyes:
Don't be stupid here. Look at the start of this thread. It is where the
person who started this said that Dementiava has beaten Venus earlier
this year and I quoted him to dismiss his or her statement. You didn't
read very well and quoting me as if I were the one who started this
thread. damit.
On the Subject of FED CUP, how do you classify a fed cup win as a
win. The matches in fed cup are rotational, meaning there is no
2nd, 3rd, quaters or semi finals. Any country which happens to even
win the first 3 matches win that encounter.
 

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hinquit said:
Don't be stupid here. Look at the start of this thread. It is where the
person who started this said that Dementiava has beaten Venus earlier
this year and I quoted him to dismiss his or her statement. You didn't
read very well and quoting me as if I were the one who started this
thread. damit.
On the Subject of FED CUP, how do you classify a fed cup win as a
win. The matches in fed cup are rotational, meaning there is no
2nd, 3rd, quaters or semi finals. Any country which happens to even
win the first 3 matches win that encounter.
Maybe you havent heard of quotations marks, which are these "...when you quote someone you should use them otherwise it will be perceived as your words...

you should really look at the official ITF site, or even the wta site, and you will find out that Fed Cup matches DO count...some matches at the year ending championships will be rotational so will those count? well according to your theory of rotational matches not counting as "official matches" then the wont be :rolleyes:
 

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sorry guys...i made one change in the 3rd paragraph about dementieva...i screwed up. sorry for that!
 

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updated in the second round
 
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