Throw Up the Deuce


Roland Garros Preview: The Gals

Quarter One:

The newly-crowned World Number 1, Maria Sharapova, managed to avoid the Williams sisters in her half of the draw and has an even more favorable quarter. Berlin champion, Dinara Safina, is in this quarter but the chances of her continuing her great play are slim. Former finalist, Elena Dementieva, is the seven seed and has proven herself on clay, but has never really been able to show up in big matches. Vera Zvonareva is probably the one with the greatest chance of upsetting Maria and has been playing consistently good tennis all year.

Semifinalist Prediction: Maria Sharapova

Quarter Two:

2006 finalist, Svetlana Kuznetsova, is the top seed in the second quarter. Kuznetsova is a solid player on all surfaces, but clay is probably her strongest because of her great movement and heavy topspin forehand. Two teens looking to make some waves in this section are Victoria Azarenka and Agnes Szavay. Anna Chakvetadze is the six seed, but hasn’t quite found her form this year.

Semifinalist Prediction: Svetlana Kuznetsova

Quarter Three:

The bottom half of the women’s draw is loaded and the third quarter is probably the stronger of the two. It houses Venus Williams and Rome champion, Jelena Jankovic. It also has some dangerous floaters like Amelie Mauresmo, Agnieska Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova. Keep your eye on 18 year-old, frenchwoman, Alize Cornet, who made the semis at Charleston and the finals in Rome. With her home crowd behind her, this kid could do some serious damage.

Semifinalist Prediction: Jelena Jankovic

Quarter Four:

2007 finalist, Ana Ivanovic, and 2002 champion, Serena Williams are slated for a blockbuster quarterfinal if this section holds to form. The sectino also has talented youngsters, like Caroline Wozniacki, Tamira Paszek and Nicole Vaidisova. Granted, Vaidisova has been playing absolutely terrible this year, but if she finds her form she could be very dangerous. Another player to watch for is the wily veteran, Patty Schnyder.

Semifinalist Prediction: Serena Williams

Semifinals: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova, Jankovic def. Serena

Finals: Sharapova def. Jankovic


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