Friday, January 15, 2010

Aus Open 2010 - The slacker’s guide to who might win

Roger FedererMen:
Verdasco and Del Potro are in good form at the moment but have injury concerns. But the hottest of all is the forgotten man Nikolay Davydenko. But this is a Major and the spotlight doesn't suit him so let's focus on Fed and Rafa like everyone else. Roddick has knee problems, Simon's currently useless, Soderling only beats Nadal, Gonzalez can't win seven straight, Murray and Djokovic are sooks. (Probably won't hurt their prospects though.) But it's still Fed vs Rafa. Federer's turn I think?

Fed’s Quarter
Seeds: Hewitt, Simon, Verdasco, Davydenko, Montanes, Haas
Players to watch: Baghdatis, Ball, Gulbis, Moya, Andreev
Winner: Federer

Djokovic’s Quarter
Seeds: Chardy, Youzhny, Tsonga, Robredo, Soderling
Players to watch: Tipsarevic, Dent, Fognini, Gasquet
Winner: Djokovic

Del Potro’s Quarter
Seeds: Roddick, Querrey, Berdych, Gonzalez, Cilic, Wawrinka, Blake
Players to watch: Lopez, Schuettler, Grosjean, Santoro, Tomic, Clement
Winner: Cilic

Nadal’s Quarter
Seeds: Murray, Melzer, Ferrer, Monfils, Ljubicic, Stepanek
Players to watch: Bolelli, Nieminen, Seppi, Fish, Kubler, Isner, Luczak, Lindahl, Karlovic
Winner: Nadal

Final: Federer vs Nadal
Winner: Roger Federer

Serena WilliamsWomen:
Sharapova's back - but a (tall) shadow of herself - and so are a pair of Belgians that should do some damage. Three if Wickmayer makes it. Otherwise it's Serena all the way. This assumes Venus comes unstuck after a few rounds as usual, the Serbs fade badly as usual and Dementieva and Kuznetsova throw it all away like the headcases they are. The quarter of death with Henin, Clijsters, Elena the (almost) Great and the Kuz should decide a few things. Who? Wozniacki? Well only if she doesn't have to face a Williams sister as she has too much respect to actually beat one of them.

Serena Williams’ Quarter
Seeds: CSN, Lisicki, Stosur, Zvonareva, Ivanovic, Vesnina, Azarenka
Players to watch: U Radwanska, Petkovic, Benesova, Shvedova, Voegele
Winner: Serena

Wozniacki’s Quarter
Seeds: Peer, Hantuchova, Li, AMG, Venus, A Radwanska
Players to watch: Goerges, Groth, Kutuzova, Szavay, Erakovic, Oudin, Molik, Cornet, Dellacqua, Sprem
Winner: Wozniacki

Kuznetsova’s Quarter
Seeds: Dementieva, Kleybanova, Pennetta, Petrova, Clijsters, Rezai
Players to watch: Henin, Dokic, Rogowska, Errani, Zakopalova, Chakvetadze, Karatantcheva, Chan, Mirza, Pavlyuchenkova, Rodionova, Cirstea
Winner: Dementieva

Safina’s Quarter
Seeds: Jankovic, MJMS, A Bondarenko, Bartoli, Sharapova, Cibulkova
Players to watch: O'Brien, Vandeweghe, Zahlavova, Kirilenko, King, Olaru, Rybarikova
Winner: Safina

Final: Serena vs Dementieva
Winner: Serena Williams

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