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Wimbledon 2008: Ladies’ Draw Preview

For once, we have a women’s draw that’s pretty evenly distributed. So really, it’s anybody’s tournament.

Quarter One

This is world number 1, Ana Ivanovic’s quarter. On the bottom of the quarter is eight seed, Anna Chakvetadze. This looks to be the only quarter with relatively smooth sailing for the favorite. However, this quarter does contain some floaters like Agnes Szavay and Casey Dellacqua. Nicole Vaidisova is also in this quarter, but who knows what we’ll get from her. My upset pick for this section is Dellacqua over Schynder in the first round.

Semifinalist: Ana Ivanovic

Quarter Two

The top seed in this section is Svetlana Kuznetsova, but the favorite would definitely be Serena Williams. I say would because the sisters don’t win Wimbledon on even years and their form has been questionable all year. Wimbledon finalist, Marion Bartoli, is in this section and she also happens to be in my upset pick, losing to up and comer, Sabine Lisicki, in the first round. Former champion, Amelie Mauresmo, is also in this section, but don’t expect too much, as her form has been terrible all year.

Semifinalist: Svetlana Kuznetsova

Quarter Three

This is probably the most interesting quarter, with past champions Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova residing in this section. A potential Elena Dementieva-Davenport 3rd round match is in the cards, but look for Davenport to take this one, seeing as Dementieva sucks on grass. French Open finalist, Dinara Safina, is also in this section, but grass is definitely not her best surface. Victoria Azarenka could also make some noise, but Sharapova is too tough for anyone in her quarter.

Semifinalist: Maria Sharapova

Quarter Four

Defending champion, Venus Williams’ quarter also contains world number 2, Jelena Jankovic. Grass is probably Jelena’s weakest surface and will definitely have her hands full with Vera Zvonareva in the 4th round. Daniela Hantuchova is returning from injury in this quarter, but who knows what form she’ll be in. I’m thinking an early exit for Venus Williams and the quarter is wide open for a newcomer.

Semifinalist: Vera Zvonareva

I’m not even gonna bother to predict the finals or champion because this draw is just way too wide open.

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