So far, so good for my predictions to this point in the tourney:
Venus Williams was a non-factor like I said, improving Italian Tathiana Garbin made big strides, and Lucie Safarova beat Amelie Mauresmo. My Elite 8 are all still in the tournament and playing very well. Sharapova, Jankovic, and Ivanovic have all played really solid, champion-quality tennis. Henin and Serena will most likely battle in the quarters (a match we won’t see this early in a Grand Slam again for a while).
Here’s my match by match analysis and previous predictions:
Justine Henin vs. Sybille Bammer: Henin. This match is a given, but let me tell you that if somehow Sybille Bammer wins, she does have a win over Serena this year.
Dinara Safina vs. Serena Williams: Serena. Would not be suprised if this went to 3 Sets.
Jelena Jankovic vs. Marion Bartoli: Jankovic; Have no clue how Bartoli gets wins on the tour.
Tathiana Garbin vs. Nicole Vaidisova: Vaidisova. Though I never know when it comes to this woman.
Ana Ivanovic vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues: Ivanovic. Picked her to win from the beginning. She’s got game. Ana, don’t let the clay master bring you down!
Shahar Peer vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Kuznetsova. Peer beat Svetlana twice recently, but I’m thinking Svetlana will take it in two. The Russian is on a run this week so far; I like her movement on clay.
Lucie Safarova vs. Anna Chakvetadze: Safarova. This is a toss up, but I’ll give it to the girl who I had winning this match since the beginning of the tournament.
Maria Sharapova vs. Patty Schnyder: Sharapova. Simply the best when she is determined… I’ve given her alot of bullsh*t over the years, but honestly, if she is mentally ready, she can win this thing.
Here are my earlier predictions from my previous post:
Women’s quarterfinals: Ivanovic over Kuznetsova, Sharapova over Lucie Safarova, Serena over Henin, and (another) Serbian Jelena Jankovic over Nicole Vaidisova
Women’s semis: Ivanovic over Sharapova, Serena Williams over Jankovic.
Finals: Ana Ivanovic wins against Serena Williams, making me look like a total genius.
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