Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Australian Open; into the semis!

This Australian Open is definitely turning out to be a very interesting one indeed. In the men's draw we have Federer Vs Tsonga and Cilic Vs Murray for the two semifinals. I'm betting strongly on a Federer Vs Murray final which I actually believe Murray will win, making it his first Grand Slam. For the women's draw it will be Serena Williams Vs Na Li and Justine Henin Vs Zheng Jie - 2 CHINESE PLAYERS! WOW! I'm so shocked that they made it, especially Na Li since she beat Venus to get through. But sadly I predict a Serena Vs Justine final with Justine winning! Then we'd have 2 comeback queens Clijsters and Henin! It'd be ironic if Henin wins 2 Grand Slams in the first year of her return.

To sum up my moments of the singles tournament so far:
Day 1
Maria Sharapova loses to Kirilenko (reaches QF) in 3 sets. Obviously this was a shock but I predicted Sharapova's early exit right from the beginning.
Andy Murray shows great form in thrashing Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 6-1,6-1,6-2. Whilst Juan Martin Del Potro takes 4 sets - raising concerns about his chances.
Elena Dementieva thrashes Vera Dushevina, putting her mark down against her 2nd Round opponent Justine Henin.
Radek Stepanek - the guy who destroyed Nicole Vaidisova's career - loses to ivo Karlovic in 5.

Day 2
Mikhail Youzhny beats Richard Gasquet in a tight 5 setter.
A plethora of middling seeds crash out, one of which is my predicted 4th Rounder Dominika Cibulkova.

Day 3
Justine beats Elena 7-5, 7-6(6). This really doesput Henin's chances of winning this tournament into the stratosphere as Elena could easily have reached the QF's.
Marin Cilic scrapes through an insspired Bernard Tomic.
Yanina Wickmayer Vs. Flavia Pennetta - cruel cruel match up. Yanina wins in 2.
Elena Baltacha makes the 3rd Round! Beating Kateryna Bondarenko
Berdych loses in the 2nd Round

Day 4
Not much of note

Day 5
Juan Martin Del Potro continues to struggle through the draw
Jelena Jankovic loses to Alona Bondarenko (reaches 4th Round) am I the only one who feels sorry for Alona - she used to be above her sister by so much but now her sister is one seed above her!
KIM CLIJSTERS is thrashed by Nadia Petrova 6-0,6-1. Nadia Petrova now becomes a plausible threat - of course Henin will beat her!
John Isner beats Gael Monfils - both favourites of mine but finally John shows the world he'll be Americas future in tennis.
Jie Zheng beats Marion Bartoli - thank god my fearful prediction didn't come true.

Day 6
Mikhail Youzhny (withdrew) , Juan Monaco and Tommy Haas all fall - 3 of my favourites :(
Novak Djokovic was doing so well. So sad he was ill when playing Tsonga, he so would have won if he wasn't.

Day 7
John Isner's run ends with a defeat to Andy Murray.
Justine beats another Belgian, Yanina Wickmayer.
Andy Roddick scrapes past Fernando Gonzalez in 5.
Juan Martin Del Potro loses to Cilic, after scraping through Tomic I thought Cilic would not get much further but now he's in the SF's!
Dinara Safina retires capping another top seed falling.

Day 8
Davydenko and Verdasco have a tough 5 setter, Davydenko prevails.
Most Australians are now out of the draw - oh well Melbourne.
Azarenka beats Zvonareva - I like them both, didn't use to like Zvonareva but now I do.
Na Li beats Wozniacki - hey wait Na Li and Jie Zheng !?!?!? When haas this happened before?
Tsonga scrapes through but Djokovic is fine - so who would have predicted Tsonga beating Djokovic!
Hewitt loses easily to Federer - it always happens so I don't understand the hype.

Day 9
Justine beats Petrova - as I said.
Kirilenko loses, sadly the interest on her was lost as after beating Sharapova she had a flurry of nonseeders. She loses to Jie Zheng by the way.
Marin Cilic beats Andy Roddick
Nadal retires against Murray - is Murray finally going to win it?

Day 10
Na Li beats Venus, after Venus being in the lead for most of the first half.
Federer beats Davydenko in 4. I was so hoping Davydenko would at least make it 5.

and so tomorrow we'll find out the womens final and whether Murray will make the mens final.

Interesting note - Djokovic will overtake Nadal in points, I think Djokovic will be the new No.2 as I'm not sure how much Andy Murray could get. Actually I think if Murray wins he'll be World No.2. Marin Cilic will definately make the Top 10.

For womens Caroline Wozniacki will become the new No.3! WOW!
Victoria Azarenka will be the new No.6 and sadly Elena Dementieva will be No.7 - poor Elena, she was handed a tough draw.
Na Li will make the Top 10!!!!!!! Possibly even 8th if she can get to the finals. Vera Zvonareva becomes the victim to Na Li.
Will Justine get a rank after possibly winning the Australian? as she's only played 2 tournaments like Kim Clijsters was only in her 3rd I think after the US, and only then did she receive a rank.

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