Wimbledon day 7

29 06 2010

It was the round of 16 yesterday and as expected it was fantastic. The most anticipated match was that between Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. I missed the first set because I had to help my sister at her berry farm but because of the heat and the world cup soccer I  saw most of the second and third and it was so nerve-wrecking I had heart palpitations as times. Clijsters had a bad first set and make many unforced . Justine fell in the beginning of the match but played great in the games after the fall so it probably did not do her that much damage. Clijsters started to play with more aggression in the second set and her strokes penetrated the court often leaving Henin to make bizarre swings on her shots .In the third Henin just made too many errors  and Kim won 2-6 6-2 6-3, but if Kim wants to beat Venus or Serena her serve has to be better as well as her movement. On hard court it is such a weapon but yesterday she looked a tad bit sluggish at times to me. I also like to see her going to the net a bit more, she is a fabulous doubles player so on grass she needs to be that a bit more. The other great match-up was between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, both former champions and it was a match on a high level. Sharapova has not played great in a while but yesterday there were glimpses of the former champion with great serving at times as well(something she did not do much since her shoulder injury). She had 3 set points in the first set but could not convert and suffered an early break in the second losing 7-6 6-4. Serena’s serve and mental game were A+. Venus also had a tough match against Jarmila Groth from Australia but won, a little lucky,  6-4 7-6. Jelena Jankovic had to retire in her match against Vera Zvonareva being down 1-6 0-3. Zvonareva finally playing great again, when she is on she has one of the best groundstrokes on tour. Bartoli lost surprisingly against Pironkova and Na Li beat Agnieska Radwanska.

Zvonareva

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Wimbledon day 6

27 06 2010

Again there was no 3 set match in this part of the bracket and so far the tournament did not have memorable matches yet but that might start in the round of 16 that will feature some classics! Yesterday Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki all won their matches easy. Unfortunately that was not the case for my favorite Flavia Pennetta, the number 1o seed. She lost against Klara Zakopalova, someone who seems to be having 1 good tournament a year and this time it is atMarion Bartoli Wimbledon. Outsider Vika Azarenka lost surprisingly as well 7-5 6-0 against Petra Kvitova. Azarenka played horrible and this really is a missed chance for her.

Round of 16 matches will be Serena -Sharapova, Li- Radwanska, Wozniacki- Kvitova, Zakopalova- Kanepi(lucky Wozniacki with that draw!!) Clijsters-Henin, Zvonareva-Jankovic, Pironkova-Bartoli, Venus-Groth. I pick Serena, Wozniacki, Clijsters and Venus in the semis. With my predictions for the last 16 , I had 10 right. Hope only Kim is right this time!!





Justine wins on the grass

20 06 2010

At the only dutch female tournament on the WTA tour, Justine Henin was the best of the field. The Belgian beat German Andrea Petkovic in an exciting finale. 6-3 3-6 6-4. The tournament in Rosmalen is one of only 4 tournaments on grass and a great preparation for Wimbledon.It is close to the Belgian border so most people watching were Belgians. The Netherlands had to play their second match at the World cup so most people were somewhere else. In Eastbourne Russian qualifier Makarova was the surprising finalist with wins over Pennetta, Petrova, Kuznetsova, Stosur and Azarenka in the final. A sign that on grass anything can happen. Tomorrow Wimbledon starts and I just had a look at the draw. My predictions for the round of 16 will be Serena Williams- Maria Sharapova, Na Li- A Radwanska, Wozniacki- Azarenka, Penetta(Rezai)- Stosur, Clijsters-Henin!!!, Wickmayer-Jankovic, Bartoli-Schiavone, Ivanovic-Venus Williams. I bet many will be wrong because that is the thrill of Wimbledon.





Roland Garros day 5

28 05 2010

Another rainy day and this time it was serious, very few matches were played. Today luckily the rain is gone and they have a heavy schedule to catch up ,but back to yesterday. Jankovic and Dementieva both had tough opponents in Kanepi and Medina Garrigues but they made it through after hard-fought battles. Champion of 2008 Ana Ivanovic got blown off the court by Alisa Kleybanova only winning 3 games. 8th seed Radwanska, 22 Zvonareva and 32 K. Bondarenko all lost their matches as well.. My fav Schiavone won, but both fashion queen Mattek-Sands and veteran Date Krumm lost unfortunately. Weird day…





Us Open day 3

3 09 2009

 

Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters

Day 3 had a few more upsets then previous days. One of them was only an upset in ranking though and one I was very happy about. Kim Clijsters beat French woman Marion Bartoli. I watched this match, point to point on the US Open website and I got a little nervous after the first set went to Bartoli 5-7. Kim quickly started playing much better though winning the second and third set easy 6-1 6-2. Bartoli of course had to prove again why all the other french girls dislike her by pulling out all the stops in bad behavior. Fake injuries, toilet-breaks, ridiculous challenges, but luckily Kim did not let this get to her. Another upset (not happy about this one) was seeing Amelie Mauresmo lose against Aleksandra Wozniak, 4-6 0-6. Wozniak can play great and beat almost anyone on a good day but this… Maybe time for Amelie to think about retiring, this is not worthy of her status. Other seeds falling were Samantha Stosur against american Vania King,( as I predicted Stosur played too much and was burned out during the Open) and Agnieska Radwanska against one of the hottest ladies on tour Maria Kirilenko.





US Open starts today

31 08 2009

Unfortunately I am still in the Netherlands, so I can’t attend this years tournament. Definitely the first week I love a lot. Going from small court to court to see as many interesting matches and players as I can. The Internet and TV have to do it for me this year. I bet next year I will be back to enjoy it all in full swing.

The women’s side of the tournament has this year no clear favorite and at least 6/8 possible winners. I will now type down the women who I think will make the last 16 and also a few side options for that round. Before next weekend I will make my prediction for the last 8 and further, I first wanna see how they all get through their first few rounds.

Dinara Safina – Patty Schnyder. I hope Patty will make it this far during her last slam. Razzano is ranked higher and is on good form so she has a good chance to beat Patty.

Sabine Lisicki- Jelena Jankovic. Most people probably predict an all serbian round here, but Ana Ivanovic has done nothing to impress me this year.

Elena Dementieva- Nadia Petrova. Dementieva has a very tough third round though in Maria Sharapova. Both have showed a great hard-court season so the third round is too early for this match up in my opinion.

Caroline Wozniacki- Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova is not in good form though so she might get an early upset by either Shahar Peer or Agnes Szavay.

Viktoria Azarenka- Na Li. Li always plays good slam so I think she will upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round

Kim Clijsters- Venus Williams. What a great match this will be!!

Elena Vesnina- Amelie Mauresmo. But this section is packed with good players so very hard to pick. Zvonareva, Chakvetadze and Pennetta have good chances as well.

Daniela Hantuchova- Serena Williams. I think Hantuchova will upset Stosur early on, the Aussie girl has played too many tournaments lately. 

Hope I am right with my predictions, but in tennis you never know what’s gonna happen.I will try to write a little piece about the US Open DSCN3260every day the next 2 weeks.