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Welcome to the Fantasy Season Carpet Season. It officially opens this week, and boy should we expect the unexpected! As with grass, virtually none of the top players enjoy playing indoors on the carpet, which really opens up the draw for up and coming players to make their move. Who could forget last year, when Dinara Safina came out of nowhere to win her inaugeral event on tour.:eek:


Still, one pattern of last year that is bound to continue this season is Anna Kournikova's dominance. Last year she won two straight titles (Philadelphia and The Chase Championships), and as she lists carpet as her second favorite surface (behind none other than Grass), one should expect her to do as well or better this time around, as she has an additional year of experience, and now knows several different ways to win.


Martina Hingis may not love playing indoors, but she has had the most consistent year so far. Reaching the semi-finals of nearly every event, the Swiss star is coming off her first ever title at the US Open, where she upset Kournikova (for the first time in several meetings) in three thrilling sets. She should be expected to at least make the quarters of each event on carpet, and should realistically make all the semis, with a final or two thrown in.


South Africa's Amanda Coetzer is another Miss Consistency. However, unlike Hingis, she tends to make the semi-finals and then run out of gas mentally. Despite dumping out early at the US Open (where she was defending finalist points), Coetzer should be expected to get through to the quarters, and if she accurately scouts her opponents she just may find herself lifting the Sears Tower (the shape of this week's trophy) come Saturday.


Finally, the powerful, yet erratic Serena Williams hopes to finally win a title this season underneath the roof of the Chicago Bull's Stadium. If she can harness her power, and adapt her game to beat tricky opponents, she should go very far this week. It all comes down to how much she really wants it.

However, we all know that this is the carpet, and that there is so much depth to this wonderful tour. The matches should be intense, the drama first rate, as the top four seeds battle their way to the championship against players such as Daniela Hantuchova, Amelie Mauresmo, desparate to make a final run to the Chase Championships. And there is always the lethal, yet inconsistent, Elena Bovina who can turn it up at any time and take out a series of fellow big names. In the end, only God and Madame Cleo can say for certain who the Champion of Chicago will be at the week's end. Us mere mortals are just going to have to wait and see how the draw plays out.

Singles Main Draw
http://www.tournawiz.com/16draw.php?id=35&uid=mboyle

Doubles Main Draw
http://www.tournawiz.com/8draw.php?id=38&uid=mboyle
 

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Serena ain't winning the title. :rolleyes:
 

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Marta Marrero / Serena Williams
 

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Any1 in doubles with Ashley?
 

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Um, Flavia, we're in the OTHER TOURNAMENT.
 

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kyk710 said:
Ashley, do you want to play with Vera?
Sure :D

Ashley/Vera confirmed :D
 

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Anyone wanna play doubles with a newbie :confused: Alicia Molik
 

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Alicia Molik-

Would you like to play with #16 Anastasia Myskina? :wavey:
 

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Anna Kournikova (RUS) vs. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

First Set, Kournikova to Serve:
0-1 Zvonareva
0-2 Zvonareva
0-3 Zvonareva
0-4 Zvonareva

1-4 Zvonareva
2-4 Zvonareva
3-4 Zvonareva
4-4
5-4 Kournikova
Game and First Set: Anna Kournikova


Anna Kournikova (RUS) leads Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-4

Second Set, Kournikova to Serve:
0-1 Zvonareva
0-2 Zvonareva
0-3 Zvonareva
0-4 Zvonareva

1-4 Zvonareva
2-4 Zvonareva
3-4 Zvonareva
4-4
5-4 Kournikova
Game Set and Match: Anna Kournikova


Anna Kournikova (RUS) def. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-4; 6-4

Often the big names don't like playing new players because they have never seen them play before. Anna, however, just stuck to her favorite game of blasting groundstrokes to the corners, and following them to net. Her hyper aggressive play, while erratic at times, was overall very clean, and she emerged victorious over the counterpunching Zvonareva.
 

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Daniela Hantuchova def. Myriam Casanova w/o:sad: Simone needs to check his PMs:rolleyes: .
 

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good luck Sabatini!!
 

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Anastasia Myskina (RUS) vs. Steffi Graf (GER)

First Set, Graf to Serve:
1-0 Myskina
2-0 Myskina
3-0 Myskina

3-1 Myskina
4-1 Myskina
4-2 Myskina
4-3 Myskina

5-3 Myskina
5-4 Graf
5-5
5-6 Graf
Game and First Set: Steffi Graf (CT)


Steffi Graf (GER) leads Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 7-5

First Set, Graf to Serve:
1-0 Myskina
2-0 Myskina
3-0 Myskina

3-1 Myskina
3-2 Myskina
3-3

4-3 Myskina
5-3 Myskina
Game and First Set: Anastasia Myskina


Steffi Graf (GER) tied with Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 7-5; 3-6

Third and Final Set, Myskina to Serve:
1-0 Myskina (CT)
2-0 Myskina (CT)
3-0 Myskina (CT)

3-1 Myskina
4-1 Myskina
5-1 Myskina
Game, Set, and Match: Anastasia Myskina
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Anastasia Myskina (RUS) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 5-7; 6-3; 6-1

This was a huge error fest. In the first set, both players were going for the lines, and missing more often than not. Graf's forehand was the most accurate shot, and thus she was able to tidy up that set. However, she abandoned this go for broke strategy in the second in favor of a more conservative counter punching style. This basically allowed Natsya to just dominate, get grooved, and smack lots of backhands up the line. This continued into the third set, and even though Graf tried like hell to impose her will, it never worked as she (graf) began hitting UFEs again, while Myskina just kept going for it, and making it.

Set One: Myskina hit 7 winners to 20 UFEs, Graf hit 13 winners to 20 UFEs

Set Two: Myskina hit 20 winners to 27 UFEs, Graf hit 3 winners to 13 UFEs

Set Three: Myskina hit 10 winners to 15 UFEs, Graf hit 9 winners to 24 UFEs

Final: Myskina hit 37 winners to 62 UFEs; Graf hit 25 winners to 57 UFEs
Final: Myskina hit 41 winners to 77 UFEs; Graf hit 25 winners to 72 UFEs
 
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