Just Looking at the Numbers

I thought I’d try this on for size, just talk out what I see in the numbers.  The ride through a tournament bracket is the “tell” for how they’ll do in the last few rounds.  For instance:

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[6] vs. Igor Andreev (RUS) – Igor Andreev is having a great ride and he’s had some great wins along the way.  In the first round, knocking out #3 seeded Andy Roddick provided some chutzpa to get him through the next rounds.  He even beat Marcos Baghdatis in front of the emotionally charged French crowd.  Novak Djokovic has been having what I like to call a “Sharapova” ride through the tournament.  In other words, talk about luck of the draw.  Sure, he played fine players but they weren’t anything that should have derailed him, yet Olivier Patience of France almost did just that.  I’m sure it’s his youth, but Novak seemed a bit awestruck to just repeating to the same round as he got last year.  Now that he’s surpassed it, he could very well enjoy it.  Plus, he does have that thing that makes you a top player and Igor is only now showing it, a few important years Novak’s senior to boot.  Tough call if you mix numbers with gut.  I won’t be terribly hurt if Novak loses, though I’d hoped he would play Nadal.  I believe he very well may still.

Carlos Moya (ESP)[23] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2] – Numbers?  Rafael Nadal hasn’t dropped a set.  The only other player, Federer, lost one to Robredo.  And as wrong as I was with yesterday’s blathering, I sure called that one.  Carlos Moya only dropped one and that was in the first round.  Moya won in 1998.  Sure, nine years ago.  Mary Pierce won ten years after she was in the finals the first time.  It’s the French Open.  Everything is possible.  I’ve been thinking for a while that most events are going to see some sort of shake up, if not all.  Perhaps this is the first one.  Who can say?  Not me.  But I’d say Nadal isn’t finished just yet.

And in other events:

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals

Lisa Raymond (USA)[1]/Samantha Stosur (AUS)[1] vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[7]/Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] – First, congratulations to Lisa Raymond for being the last American standing at Roland Garros this year.  I believe she was last year, too.  Second, congratulations to Katarina Srebotnik for being alive in two events.  Now, as for the record books, Raymond/Stosur are the steamrollers and Srebotnik/Sugiyama are the sorta new kids, having just teamed up.  But this fresher team has made some impressive efforts so far.  They beat Shahar Peer/Dinara Safina quite handily.  But then again, Srebotnik lost to Shahar Peer in singles.  Nothing like a stinging loss to get one’s … and one’s partner’s … blood boiling.  I believe they’ll find the magic in this round.  But I fear Raymond/Stosur will break it down.  I know.  I should be cheering for the American.  I’m still glad for Lisa Raymond, of course, but she has many, many, many, many wins.  I love the underdog.

Alicia Molik (AUS)[17]/Mara Santangelo (ITA)[17] vs. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]/Liezel Huber (RSA)[2] – Speaking of which … Molik/Santangelo have made a great run.  Their first round against Italians Alberta Brianti/Karin Knapp was a shutdown, but they would have been, of course, a little intimidated by the likes of their own Mara Santangelo on the other end.  The rest of their matches have gone three sets.  But wait!  They beat the Yung-Jan Chan/Chia-Jung Chuang.  That’s something to consider.  Black/Huber have been relentless.  Only against Janette Husarova/Meghann Shaughnessy did they concede a set and then they pulled out the extra large cans of whoop-ass.  It’s Black/Huber.

You know what?  Forget the numbers.  It’s all about the fun.  Billie Jean King has said numerous times that her favorite event was mixed doubles.  She always enjoyed it.  And so do I.  They never show one bit of it on television but I love reading the match-ups at the Slams.  I won’t comment on who’s going to win … I just wouldn’t.  I would rather talk about why I like them.

Mixed Doubles – Semifinals

Tiantian Sun (CHN)/Julian Knowle (AUT) vs. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[8]/Andy Ram (ISR)[8] – I’m mesmerized by the spirit of so many of the Chinese ladies in tennis.  They’ve made amazing strides and provided some great tennis along the way.  Julian Knowle is a new favorite of mine, so I’m barely learning his stats, but he seems to have quite the colorful past.  Of their opponents, I have cheered Nathalie Dechy for years.  She had a great couple of major runs a few years ago and climbed, deservedly, into the upper ranks.  Andy Ram of men’s doubles fame is always a good contender.  My bet is on Dechy and Ram.

Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[6]/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[6] vs. Zi Yan (CHN)[5]/Mark Knowles (BAH)[5] – Both pairs are great match-ups.  Srebotnik and Zimonjic know the feeling of winning a mixed doubles slam.  Zi Yan and Mark Knowles do not.  I believe I’m going to be a bit hurt when Yan and Knowles move into the finals. 

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June 6, 2007 at 3:22 am Leave a comment

Fine, I Was Wrong

Going totally on emotions yesterday, I posted my predictions.  Boy, there went my 80%+ prediction rate.  Serena Williams lost to The Evil One (aka Justine Henin).  Chakvetadze choked against The Uglier of the Two Blonde Russians (Maria Sharapova, Miss “Make Every Shot a Powershot” like the serve against Patty Schnyder when she wasn’t ready and you took the point anyway … by the way, don’t EVER compare yourself to Mother Theresa again.)   And yes, I’m still a little emotional.   

Meanwhile, the Serbian players are kicking butt and they’re who I want in the finals anyway.  Jelena and Ana, I am begging you:  Avenge Me!!!

As for the rest of the matches, I see where I wasn’t emotionally invested, I got it right.  For example, Ana Ivanovic in three sets over Svetlana Kuznetsova.  I’ll be less rash this evening when I post predictions for tomorrow.  Forgive me.  In the future, my predictions should have a little more to do with modern tennis! 

I’m going to bang my head against the wall for a while to help alleviate the pain caused by the thought of Justine making more money and advancing a step further than I can take – while Maria Sharapova has yet to play a tough match.  Except the one she cheated in, of course.  And she only one that in tie-breaks.  Sure, the Snyder match was tough, but it shouldn’t have been for this “#1 player” … by the way, why is she always referred to that way when everyone else is a “former.”  She was number one for how many weeks?  Hint:  you only need one hand.  And it was when Lindsay Davenport was out on injury (among MANY other players) and couldn’t defend her points.  The second time, same thing with Amelie.  She’s good, sure.  But she gets too many breaks and way more credit than she deserves.  And I am sick of these Russian ladies not being able to beat her.  Enough cowering to her.  Learn to take her.  Nadia Petrova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Dementieva, and even precious Anastasia Myskina, ARE YOU LISTENING?  You can take her.  Most of you have.  Just do it.  Meaning, yes, whack away at those endorsements, too. 

June 5, 2007 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

French Open Ladies’ Quarterfinals and Then Some

Tomorrow’s picks for the French Open.

  • Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[7] vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[3] – It’s Ivanovic in three sets.
  • Justine Henin (BEL)[1] vs. Serena Williams (USA)[8] – Dare I say it and jynx the whole thing?  Serena.  Quite possibly like she did in an earlier Slam.
  • Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[9] – Federer will have to concede a set, or at least fight to the end in all three.  But if Roger goes down (Tommy’s my preferred winner but not who I think will win) it’s because Cañas has rattled the cage … and we’ll see some more surprise Roger-losses in the coming year. 
  • Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[4] vs. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)[6] – It’s been too long waiting for Nicole to really solidify upper level play.  Jelena wants a Slam.  And this year, what Jelena wants.
  • Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)[9] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2] – Oh, I’d say the prettier of the two.  So, Anna.  And if I could give Anna a piece of advice, aim for her shoulders.
  • Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[4] vs. Guillermo Cañas (ARG)[19] – There’s now much expected of Cañas.  He should deliver.  There’s nothing expectedof Nikolay.  I’m not calling this one.  Mainly because I like both players a lot for very different reasons and they deserve a great match.
  • Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)[5]/Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)[5] vs. Alicia Molik (AUS)[17]/Mara Santangelo (ITA)[17] – The Taiwanese Two!
  • Fabrice Santoro (FRA)[4]/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[4] vs. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)/Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) – Experience and Finesse vs. Red Hot Russians.  I would go with Fabrice just because he’s the only French player not afraid to win at Roland Garros.  Will it be a day of new arrivals?  I’ll go with no on this one. 
  • Lisa Raymond (USA)[1]/Samantha Stosur (AUS)[1] vs. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[8]/Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[8] – The number one team and the defending champs are quite impressive, but Pascual has had her name on six of these titles.  It’s an upset
  • Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)[2]/Max Mirnyi (BLR)[2] – I’m thinking upset again. 
  • Janette Husarova (SVK)[10]/Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)[10] vs. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]/Liezel Huber (RSA)[2] – And again, here, but in the end, Black and Huber will grind it out.  Meghann’s a hero, though.  It would be quite wonderful if I were wrong, wrong, wrong.
  • Bob Bryan (USA)[1]/Mike Bryan (USA)[1] vs. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[9]/Pavel Vizner (CZE)[9] – The Brothers
  • Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)/Leander Paes (IND) vs. Tiantian Sun (CHN)/Julian Knowle (AUT) – Tough match but Meghann, you take this one, okay?  And Leander, talk about a hero of the tennis court!  Hats of to Sun and Knowle, but I don’t think they’ll win.  Brave of me to suggest (perhaps heart is informing the decision), because at some point this year, there’s going to be some more Chinese names in very important tennis circles.
  • Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[8]/Andy Ram (ISR)[8] vs. Liezel Huber (RSA)[2]/Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[2] – Huber and Ullyett.  How can you say a well-engineered car can’t win a race?  I’ll stick with the usual, Huber and Ullyett.
  • Mark Knowles (BAH)[6]/Daniel Nestor (CAN)[6] vs. Michael Kohlmann (GER)/Rainer Schuettler (GER) – Knowles and Nestor are going their separate ways, so they have nothing but fun to have.  No pressure.  Their experience wills out in the end.
  • Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)[16]/Gisela Dulko (ARG)[16] vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[7]/Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] – Srebotnik and Sugiyama, the Quite Possible Winners of the Whole Shebang!

June 5, 2007 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

Clash of the Amazons, Tuesday at Roland Garros

Everyone’s talking about the quarterfinal match in the French Open Women’s Singles between Serena Williams and the player-only-the-French-could-love, Justine Henin.  Personally, I’d love to see Justine sent crying to the locker room.  There is story after story of the events that took place years ago, but here’s the skinny:  Serena was getting bad calls in the semis against Justine.  An embarrassing call took place where the chair umpire was the only one in attendance who could not see the ball was out.  It was a bad call as the “out” had been screamed.  Justine knew it was out and when Serena challenged it, and even referenced that Justine herself knew it was out, Justine just stood there and did not say a word.  Okay, this is not cheating but it should be considered such.  As far as I’m concerned, Justine has only two crowns from the French Open, as the first one should have been taken from her.  This type of behavior in the most civilized of sports is beyond heinous. 

However, the past is the past and we hope that tomorrow brings a great match.  But this one overshadows the other slime of ladies tennis, Maria Sharapova.  Yes, I am still saving my banana-grams for later in the year, but for now let’s just talk about the pack of lies that has been spouted from Maria’s camp about her injured shoulder.  Not since Tommy Haas stopped the match he was losing to Robby Ginepri at last year’s US Open has there been a more obvious fib about a supposed injury.  (Tommy came back from a “groin pull” and fired off a few aces — after a couple of minutes with a doctor off court!)  Poor Maria and her poor shoulder.  Explain how it is possible to return serve after serve (and serve, too) at 100 mph-plus when you have a hurt shoulder.  She would be either screaming in pain (not the typical over-the-top mini-orgasm she likes to annoy her opponents with) or she should have been carried out on a stretcher.  Anna Chakvetadze will hopefully have her coming out day when she grinds Sharapova into a ball of mud.    She’s a heck of a lot prettier than Maria anyway … what say Maria puts a few of those ridiculous endorsment deals up as collateral – winner take all?

In the other matches, Svetlana Kuznetsova has a tough go of Ana Ivanovic. She could avenge herself if she wants to.  But with the slightest bit of room, Ana’s into the semis.  The same story goes for the Vaidisova/Jankovic match.  It’s Jankovic’s game tomorrow, unless Nicole V. has been hiding her power, saving it for this next round.

Incidentally, not to put all the “fake injury” juju on Maria.  Everyone’s guilty of it, pretty much.  Mostly, it helps them to avoid tournaments they don’t like or are simply too exhausted to participate.  Time-out injuries are pretty transparent.  You can watch the players and tell what’s going on.  Sometimes they’re real, but a lot of these tennis stars think they can act because they’ve experienced years in front of the camera.  They stink at it.  The aforementioned Tommy Haas incident was a case in point – he kept wincing but it wasn’t in tandem with the doctor’s poking.  He was a few seconds off and he tried a few too many times to be overly convincing.  So, when a player claims injury, use common sense as to what that injury would do and you’ll see right through it.  Otherwise, wait for your dad to give you an illegal sign that it’s time to have your fruit … and eat it, too.

June 4, 2007 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

Week Two Begins at Roland Garros, Have a Great Match

We’re into quarterfinal territory.  Now the French Open slows down and the drama starts to really build.  Last call for a few still in the Round of 16 and beginning of the quarterfinals in Mixed Doubles.  I have locked Slam Swammy in the basement and decided to do a ramble.  I’ll start with the guys.

Men’s Singles – 4th Round

  • Novak Djokovic (SRB)[6] vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
    Amazing Novak is going up against Scrappy Verdasco.  It’s Novak’s year and he could prove his shield of Top 10 Player by moving forward but a Spaniard?  What a wall this could be.
  • Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[14] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]
    Nadal’s the easy bet, of course, but Lleyton’s resurgence here as a force to be reckoned with … well, he means it.  He’s not going to let Rafa into the quarters without a fight.  This promises to be some amazing tennis. 
  • Jonas Björkman (SWE) vs. Carlos Moya (ESP)[23]
    The Old Man and The Si, re-written on clay.  Roland Garros seems to be a close personal friend of Jonas’.  He seems to shine here.  Moya’s certainly go the advantage and can play with the big guns but check out the Björkman’s previous rounds.  Just playing the numbers game you’ll see that there’s some new tricks up this old dog’s knit shirtsleeve.  Tricksters, too, the crowd should be somewhat entertained if they can keep it an even match.  They are both, sometimes, a little unpredictable with quality.
  • Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[16] vs. Igor Andreev (RUS)
    Showman against the … Who?  Suddenly soaring Andreev has been having a great year, with a few tiny exceptions.  Baghdatis has been coming down off the crazy horse and has been applying himself, or so it seems.  He remembers how to win matches, but sometimes has a flatulent brain.  Andreev would be the pick for me, but if Marcos corks his Greek a bit, the sky is often the limit.

Summarizing Men’s Doubles – 3rd Round

  • Arnaud Clement (FRA)[10]/Michael Llodra (FRA)[10] vs. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)/Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) – The Fighting French and the Russian Torpedo Twins
  • Jeff Coetzee (RSA)/Rogier Wassen (NED) vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)[2]/Max Mirnyi (BLR)[2] – Max and J must be careful as the unlikelies are always what get you at the French Open.
  • Bob Bryan (USA)[1]/Mike Bryan (USA)[1] vs. Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Oliver Marach (AUT) – Repeat advice to Max and J to the Bryans. 
  • Jonathan Erlich (ISR)[7]/Andy Ram (ISR)[7] vs. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Radek Stepanek (CZE) – Erlich and Ram were my squirrel vote for winning, by the way … but seasoned doubles players can never be underestimated.

Women’s Doubles – 3rd Round

  • Shahar Peer (ISR)/Dinara Safina (RUS) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[7]/Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] – Oh to be a fly on the court at Roland Garros.  What a bloodbath this should be.  Both pairs have some lost singles aggression that could serve them very well.
  • Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Janette Husarova (SVK)[10]/Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)[10] – The upstarts have a promising future.  The 10th ranked pair, on the other hand, have been showing signs of possible superpowers.
  • Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI)/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs.  A. Medina Garrigues ESP [8]/Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP[8] – Pascual on a team usually means the finals are in the picture, but her old partner Suarez didn’t get to keep that benefit, so what gives Virginia extra protection?  The solid Ms. Garrigues, of course, but Francesa and Gagliardi also know what finals match feel like.

Mixed Doubles – 2nd Round

  • Tiantian Sun (CHN)/Julian Knowle (AUT) vs. Alize Cornet (FRA)/Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) – Alize will be dashing around to cover her Girl’s Singles duty.  Sun and Knowle will be getting ready for the Quarters.

Mixed Doubles – Quarterfinals

  • Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Todd Perry (AUS) vs. Zi Yan (CHN)[5]/Mark Knowles (BAH)[5] – Yan and Knowles should be safe, but Chuang posesses magic and Todd has years of living it.
  • Lisa Raymond (USA)/Bob Bryan (USA) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[6]/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[6] – I would suggest raincoats for the spectators who wish to stay clean of this possible bloodbath:  #1 Men’s Doubles player and #1 Women’s Doubles player go up against a Mixed Doubles pair that know how to win together.  Cue the music … “Chances Are….”

Enjoy a great match.  Looks like there’s plenty from which to choose.

June 4, 2007 at 3:18 am Leave a comment

Sunday Singles and Doubles Predictions for Roland-Garros 2007, 2nd Sunday

Warning!  The Slam Swammy is not comfy with predicting doubles but is trying it anyway.  Slam Swammy doesn’t “feel” the results at the French Open – it is all blankness.  But again, will try anyway.  Here goes:

  • Dinara Safina (RUS)[10] vs. Serena Williams (USA)[8] – Williams, but Dinara would not surprise me.
  • Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[13] – Youzhny should at least take a set from The Gentlemen, but I don’t think he’ll win.
  • Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[4] vs. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[18] – Jankovic.  No matter how much Bartoli tries to rally.
  • Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[4] vs. David Nalbandian (ARG)[15] – This is a match that is shaping up to last 3 hours.  I think Nalbandian wants clay points again.
  • Tommy Robredo (ESP)[9] vs. Filippo Volandri (ITA)[29] – Robredo seems to be rather hot
  • Justine Henin (BEL)[1] vs. Sybille Bammer (AUT)[20] – I pray for two hours.  I pray for Sybille.  Justine will crush my spirits and win.
  • Guillermo Cañas (ARG)[19] vs. Juan Monaco (ARG) – Cañas isn’t finished with impressing us this year.
  • Patty Schnyder (SUI)[14] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2] – Schnyder.  Sharapova must exit.  I will it.  … Actually, Schnyder should win because of excellent play thus far and a desire that’s stronger, though she’ll hand Maria a lot.  (for those of you unfamiliar, I’m not an MS fan)
  • Tathiana Garbin (ITA)[19] vs. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)[6] – Vaidisova, though I think Garbin is going to scare the pee out of her before it’s over.
  • Shahar Peer (ISR)[15] vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[3] – Tough call.  I wanna go with Shahar ‘cause gut is telling me she’s willing to put in the fight, but Svet was runner-up here and does well on the surface.  Svetlana.
  • Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[7] vs. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[24] – Ana, though I’m quite proud of my pick of Garrigues in the previous round.  I think Ana’s the bottom half-finalist, at this point.
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)[25] vs. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)[9] – Another tough one.  I’ll go with Anna, though don’t put down money.  It should be Safarova’s year, but Anna is past due on being “in the news” again.
  • Mark Knowles (BAH)[6]/Daniel Nestor (CAN)[6] vs. Andrei Pavel (ROU)[11]/Alexander Waske (GER)[11] – I’ll go with Knowles/Nester
  • Fabrice Santoro (FRA)[4]/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[4] vs. Olivier Rochus (BEL)/Kristof Vliegen (BEL) – Santoro/Zimonjic
  • Bob Bryan (USA)[1]/Mike Bryan (USA)[1] vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)/Josselin Ouanna (FRA) – The Bryan Brothers ‘cause I have to and want them to win, but I’d love to see Gael succeed a bit in his home town … could give him a boost for the future. 
  • Sania Mirza (IND)/Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[6]/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[6] – Ouch!  Srebotnik/Zimonjic had a recent Slam winner in their first round and now Nenad gets his own partner to play against?  If they survived the first round, they can get this one.  Sorry, Sania.
  • Shengnan Sun (CHN)/Tiantian Sun (CHN) vs. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[8]/Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[8] – I’m going Sun/Sun, though Garrigues/Pascual should be realllllly hungry after these last few days.
  • Lisa Raymond (USA)[1]/Samantha Stosur (AUS)[1] vs. Agnes Szavay (HUN)/ – Bartender?  The usual : Raymond/Stosur.
  • Stephanie Foretz (FRA)/Camille Pin (FRA) vs. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[7]/Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] – Srebotnik/Sugiyama
  • Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[9]/Pavel Vizner (CZE)[9] vs. Simon Aspelin (SWE)[8]/Julian Knowle (AUT)[8] – Aspelin/Knowle, but I’m gonna get burned on this one, huh!
  • Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[8]/Andy Ram (ISR)[8] vs. Janette Husarova (SVK)/Pavel Vizner (CZE) – Dechy/Ram.  They’re a favorite to win the whole thing, really.
  • Vera Dushevina (RUS)[15]/Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR)[15] vs. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]/Liezel Huber (RSA)[2] – Black/Huber.  They’re on a rampage.
  • Alicia Molik (AUS)[17]/Mara Santangelo (ITA)[17] vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) – Molik/Santangelo
  • Carlos Berlocq (ARG)/Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Michael Kohlmann (GER)/Rainer Schuettler (GER) – Kohlmann/Schuettler
  • Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)/Leander Paes (IND) vs. Sybille Bammer (AUT)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) – Shaughnessy/Paes.  No offense to the other team, but Leander is one of my all-time favorites, not just a current or a passing fad.
  • Shahar Peer (ISR)[11]/Dinara Safina (RUS)[11] vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)/Na Li (CHN) – Again, wish I could see this.  Can’t call it.  Am not in touch at all with what’s going on with Li or Safina.  Too iffy.
  • Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)/Emma Laine (FIN) – Krajicek/Radwanska
  • Wayne Arthurs (AUS)/Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)[2]/Max Mirnyi (BLR)[2] – Bjorkman/Mirnyi, unless it’s injuries.
  • Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)[5]/Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)[5] vs. Jarmila Gajdosova (SVK)/Akiko Morigami (JPN) – Chan/Chuang
  • Aurelie Vedy (FRA)/Florent Serra (FRA) vs. Liezel Huber (RSA)[2]/Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[2] – Huber/Ullyett
  • Kveta Peschke (CZE)[4]/Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[4] vs. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)[16]/Gisela Dulko (ARG)[16] – Peschke/Stubbs, though I fear a bit of Kveta rust, I keep reminding myself she took out Petrova in singles.
  • Tathiana Garbin (ITA)/Paul Hanley (AUS) vs. Zi Yan (CHN)[5]/Mark Knowles (BAH)[5] – Wild guess:  Yan/Knowles
  • Lisa Raymond (USA)[1]/Bob Bryan (USA)[1] vs. Mara Santangelo (ITA)/Simon Aspelin (SWE)  – Raymond/Bryan, though I still have a sinking feeling of an early round exit from them.  Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t have taken on doubles yet …

June 3, 2007 at 5:55 am Leave a comment

Saturday Isn’t Over, but Amelie Is

I am so very sorry for Amelie.  I don’t want her to exit early, but she did it again.  There is great consolation to the fans, though.  Because of her loss, her picture has replaced the obnoxious photo of Maria Skankipova for the lead photo at the French Open site.  Thank you Amelie, for sparing us further illness from looking at MS.

June 2, 2007 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

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