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Aussie Open Predictions...

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The first slam is almost upon us...
The players are at the warm up tournaments (some as rusty as ever!)
Big shock that Henin has withdrawn for "personal reasons" (couldn't face the crowds, perhaps?)
Lots of Brits backing Murray (unrealistically, as ever)
So who you going to plump for?
I'm going to stick my neck out now and go for...
Men: Federer
Women: Sharapova (please please please!)

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posted Jan 10, 2007

i am surprise at the way some fans are writing off Roger just because he was stress during his game with Stephanek, dont 4get the fact that sometimes he start a competition on a slow note but pick up as the event goes up, l predict him to win the male while i will love Kim to win the female as a parting gift 4 her yet to be family which i wish her GOOD LUCK.

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posted Jan 10, 2007

after federer it is baghdatis biased or not, if he gets knocked out i give you right to taunt me! I believe he has the talent to beat anyone but has to stay consistent otherwise hes going nowhere. If he can stay consistent he will be on a run to the final again. Davydenko has dropped off form, federer is rusty, god knows what nadal is doing and luba cant match baghdatis. Oh wait, the only person i believe can match him is blake, nalbandian or murray. All this of course is takign federer out of the equation. So can people tell me where im wrong or right?

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posted Jan 11, 2007

Aren't we forgetting the Andy Roddick Express people? Roddick has really found is mojo again in the last half a year, and I think he is a major contender for the final, on his current form. In fact, I can't see any one, other than Federer taking him out.

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comment by ANDYW (U1650793)

posted Jan 11, 2007

kingfederer - Justine actually has a 5-2 lead in the H2H against Sharapova (2-0 on clay, 2-2 on hard, and 1-0 on carpet)

"Lets be honest here, you don't have a serious illness which prevents you from playing for the majority of the year, then compete at the Olympics and win a Gold medal."

Would you like to explain the above comment? If you want to say "lets be honest" then please don't hide behind innuendo - tell us exactly why you think she was out for months if she wasn't ill.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jan 11, 2007

"mikesiva, I didn't know the Melbourne Park directors and organisers were handing the trophy to Justine, are the other women competing for something else"

Egg on my face....

I don't know how I missed Henin's withdrawal! Venus is out too (sniff, sniff).

I have to revise my prediction then. I think either Mauresmo or Clijsters will win it.

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comment by SK (U6542878)

posted Jan 11, 2007

'Would you like to explain the above comment? If you want to say "lets be honest" then please don't hide behind innuendo - tell us exactly why you think she was out for months if she wasn't ill.'

I have to say I have no idea whatsoever, but the facts are she stated she had a mystery illness. I find it hard to believe that someone has a mystery illness for 7-8 months and then is fit to play in the Olympics. Only she knows why, but I'm not the only person who questions whether she is actually ill when she pulls out of events. Sometimes she does have legitimate injuries, but other times she complains of being unfit or unwell and can't play, yet within a short space of time she is suddenly playing out of this world and winning events.

I don't know what to make of Justine, please can you get me her number and I'll ask her...

out maybe?laugh

One person everyone seems to have forgotten about as a contender for the Aussie Open...

Mario Ancic.

The guy got to the QFs of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon and it took Federer to stop him. Ancic is hungry to win a slam, more so than the likes of Nalbandian. Little Goran will be a dark horse in this event, don't be surprised if he reaches the final.

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posted Jan 13, 2007

Men's= Federer (or maybe Safin). Everyone's dreaming of an upset, but the only person able to pull that one out of the bag is Marat Safin, who I think will pull through a mammoth 5-setter against Andy Roddick (rather like Roddick-El Aynaoui 2003) and will reach the semifinals. Against Federer. Just like 2005. I can also see Joachim Johansson, Baghdatis, Djokovic & Murray going a good way too. But not Nalbandian or Nadal. Or Hewitt, he's well past his top 5 days.laugh

Women's= Clijsters (or maybe Serena). If Serena pulls through against Petrova and encounters Jankovic in the 4th round, whoever wins that match will, I think, probably play Clijsters in the final. Clijsters is so hungry for another Grand Slam in her final year, and is the best player in the world, except when she plays Justine HH. Mauresmo is vulnerable at the moment, Sharapova isn't quite up to it. And not Kuznetsova. Safina, Vaidisova, Li, and Zvonareva may make an impact.

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comment by SK (U6542878)

posted Jan 13, 2007

Zvonareva!

Yeah... cry baby is back.coolloveblush

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posted Jan 14, 2007

I have a feeling that Roddick may do it this year, i mean he finally beat Federer after like 5 years and will be sooo confident. Although saying that Federer will probably prevail again as, lets face it, his the no.1 for a reason.

As for the women i think Sharapova has the oppertunity at the AO to finally create some distance between herself and the rest of the tour. She comes in a s the No.1 seed and she seems to be improving all the time. Her serves improving, her movements improving and shes improving mentally.

But im curious about how Serena Williams will do. She finally seems to have realised that she needs to work hard if she wants to get back to the top, and lets face it if shes playing well ahe could well make it too the semi's.

bring on the AO!!!

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