Sunday, May 24, 2009

French Open - The slacker’s guide to who might win

Rafael Nadal
Nadal is the clear favourite as usual despite his recent loss to Federer after being beat up by Djokovic beforehand. Hard to see him being mugged at Roland Garros though. Del Petro’s dangerous but won’t win seven on clay. Djokovic and Federer represent the main threat to Rafa and luckily for him they’ll play each other first, meaning he only has to beat the tired winner. Can Rafa be beaten?

Nadal’s Quarter
Seeds: Soderling, Ferrer, Davydenko, Wawrinka, Verdasco, Karlovic
Players to watch: Hewitt, Kiefer, Gulbis, Querrey
Winner: Nadal

Murray’s Quarter
Seeds: Stepanek, Lopez, Cilic, Safin, F Gonzalez, Simon
Players to watch: Gaudio, Tipsarevic, Montanes
Winner: Stepanek

Djokovic’s Quarter
Seeds: Del Potro, Tursunov, Andreev, Tsonga, Kohlschreiber, Fish
Players to watch: Tomic, Seppi, M Gonzalez, Fererro, Ljubicic, Baghdatis
Winner: Djokovic

Federer’s Quarter
Seeds: Roddick, Schuettler, Melzer, Monfils, Blake, Berdych, Mathieu
Players to watch: Beck, Ginepri, Chardy, Haas
Winner: Federer

Final: Nadal vs Djokovic

Winner: Rafael Nadal

Aravane RezaiWomen:

Sharapova’s back but presumably just getting back some form as she tests out the shoulder. Both Williams sisters will threaten but typically fall short. Both Serbs should be contenders but neither is in championship winning form. Azarenka and Wozniacki should make some noise but fall short. Elena the (almost) great could fall over the line if her draw clears but she’ll probably find new some way to lose. That leaves the other Russians Kuznetsova and Safina who’ve done some battle recently and could meet in the final. Should be Dinara’s time and vindication for the Major-less number one.

Safina’s Quarter
Seeds: Pavlyuchenkova, Azarenka, Benesova, Suarez Navarro, Kleybanova, Ivanovic
Players to watch: Rezai, Goerges, Pin, Johansson, Keothavong, Hercog, Olaru, Larcher De Brito, Errani
Winner: Safina

Venus Williams’ Quarter
Seeds: Cibulkova, Svazay, Mauresmo, Petrova, Zvonareva, Li
Players to watch: Sharapova, Lisicki, Vesnina, Embree, Bremond, Rus, Shvedova, A Bondarenko
Winner: Cibulkova

Dementieva’s Quarter
Seeds: Jankovic, Stosur, AMG, Bartoli, Wozniacki, Cornet, Chakvetadze
Players to watch: Hantuchova, Groth, U Radwanska, Wickmayer, Pironova, Rybarikova, Makarova, Dokic, Sprem
Winner: Wozniacki

Serena Williams’ Quarter
Seeds: A Radwanska, Pennetta, Schnyder, Bammer, Kuznetsova, Bondarenko
Players to watch: Mirza, Kutuzova, Rogowska, Vaidisova, Kirilenko, Glatch, Mayr
Winner: Kuznetsova

Final: Safina vs Kuznetsova

Winner: Dinara Safina

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