Wimbledon day 4

25 06 2010

Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Viktoria Azarenka all won thier second round matches fairly easy in two set. Biggest upset was the loss of Svetlana Kuznetsova against former Russian and now Australian Rodionova. Rodionova, one of the biggest bitches on the tour,

Wozniacki

has a good game for the faster courts but a Kuznetsova in good form should beat her simply. That Kuzzie has not shown up in almost a year, so it was a tough 3 set loss yesterday. One fav, Daniela Hantuchova lost in typical mental crazy matter while another ,Flavia Pennetta won in 2 sets. Other players losing were lady in form Aravene Rezai and former semi-finalist here, China’s Jie Zheng.

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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 1

24 05 2010

Yesterday was the first day of the biggest clay court tournament of the year. At the women’s side it promises to be an interesting one this year with numerous candidates for the title. Title defender Kuznetsova is not one of them in my opinion, she did win her first round match petty easy though. Venus Williams had to play one of my favs, Patty Schnyder who really seems to be at the end of her career. She used to be very dangerous on clay, but only showed her extreme talent and feel for the ball sporadic in this match, losing 3-6 3-6. There were 2 upset yesterday. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, the winner of Rome 3 weeks ago and seeded 20th got injured during her warm up and lost 2 and 4 against the tallest woman on tour, Akgul Amanmuradova. Number 10 seed Viktoria Azarenka has been slightly injured as well but kept on playing the whole clay court season through resulting in being burned up here in Paris, losing to the always dangerous Gisela Dulko 6-1 6-2.





Clijsters and V.Williams in Miami finals

2 04 2010

Kim Clijsters won a nerve-wracking and poorly played semis against Justine Henin 6-2 6-7 7-6. They both hit tons of errors but nonetheless made it a spectacle just like in Brisbane at the start of the season where Kim also won the third set tiebreak. Both Belgian girls came from a bad showing at Indian Wells where they both lost early and made up for that in the earlier rounds here, Clijsters beating Azarenka and Justine beating Dementieva and Wozniacki. Henin was taking anti-inflamatories for a backmuscle strain that made it a little harder for her. She is a fighter. Great for Kimmie beating that little fighter though for the second time in a row, hopefully she owns Justine now. Venus has been having a great last few weeks, 2 tournament wins in a row, winning the Billie Jean King cup and now in the finale of the huge tournament in Miami. She did not play Indian Wells, because the Williams sisters think they were not being treated properly there in the past. In the semis venus beat Marion Bartoli from France, 6-3 6-4





Australian Open day 10

27 01 2010

Both Williams sisters had to play their quarter finals match and while one of them won the other lost. It could have easily been 2 wins or 2 losses as well though, both matches were very tight.

Venus had to play Chin’s Na Li and proved once more she cannot bring her A-game to the Australian Open. So far in her career only one final and a few quarterfinals over here for V. That is with her calibre and the fact that it is not on clay very meager. Venus started well though and let Li make most errors and was leading 6-2 5-4 and was serving for the match when all of a sudden everything went downhill. The third set was just an error-fest with Li making less errors and winning 2-6 7-6 7-5. With Jie Zheng and Na Li china has 2 players in the final 4. Pretty amazing and surprising.

Serena played Vika Azarenka and was down a set and 4-4 in the second with Azarenka playing amazing tennis. This girl’s got game and she proved it again today. With rock hard groundstrokes she simply outplayed Serena who looked sluggish. But people counting out Serena were too soon because she came back with a vengeance and played superb tennis in the rest of the match and won 4-6 7-6 6-2. Azarenka did not even play bad in the third but it was all about Serena. Normally she should beat Na Li and the other 2 semi finalists fairly easy. Except for Justine who might have a small chance.





Australian Open day 8

25 01 2010

The sister Williams both made it to the final 8 but the way they did that could not have been more different. Serena played a superb match against Samantha Stosur and won 6-4 6-2. Stosur served very well but also hit a lot of balls on her frame and made too many errors that way. The great way Serena played this early in the tournament does bode well for her chances of winning. Venus played a terrible first set against one of the most entertaining and interesting players on tour, Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone played great and won 6-2. In sets 2 and 3 Venus played much more aggressive and made a lot less errors than in the first and the hard-hitting was too much for Fran. Venus won 6-3 6-1. Asian super star Na Li was too good for Caroline Wozniacki and won 6-3 6-4. Li was the star of the match making a lot more errors but also plenty of winners. Wozniacki made only 3 winners which is pretty pathetic for a top 5 player. If she really wants to become a top player she need to be more aggressive. Right now Vera Zvonareva and Viktoria Azarenka are playing and this match is great to watch. Very hard-hitting and great placement. I think both girls have to potential to become multiple slam winners except that the mental side for both is very fragile. Especially Zvonareva has been known to break down(literally crying) when it matters most. So far Zvonareva makes less errors and is leading 6-4 4-3. Last year Azarenka would have beaten Serena if she would have not gotten a heat stroke and it would be nice to see her getting revenge, but I like Zvonareva more.





Australian Open day 6

23 01 2010

Day 5 was full of intense and interesting matches, but day 6 was definitely less interesting. Serena won very easy against  Suarez Navarro( wh0 beat Venus here last year) and Venus won with a bit more trouble with 6-1 7-6 against Aussie’s Casey Dellaqua. Other easy win were for Zvonareva, Azarenka and Wozniacki and the last 16 are now known.

Serena- Samantha Stosur

Zvonareva-Azarenka

Na Li- Caroline Wozniacki

Venus- Fran Schiavone(one of my favs)

Henin-Wickmayer

Petrova-Kuznetsova

Bondarenko-Zheng

Kirilenko-Safina

It is hard to make the final 4 prediction because even in the last 16 many matches could be very close but I will try anyway

Serena, Wozniacki, Kuznetsova and Safina