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Beijing 2008: Women’s Preview and Predictions

Quarter 1:

This quarter houses top seed, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, and eighth seed, Agnieska Radwanska of Poland. The two remaining seeds in the section are Vera Zvonareva of Russia (9) and Patty Schnyder of Switzerland (13). Also lurking in this section is Tatiana Golovin, who is playing in her first tournament since April. Look for Ana to make the semifinals easily if her thumb is not an issue. Radwanska could definitely give Ivanovic trouble if she isn’t playing her best.

Semifinalist: Ana Ivanovic

Quarter 2:

Fourth seed, Serena Williams of the United States, and fifth seed, Elena Dementieva of Russia, lead this section of the draw. The other two seeds are Alize Cornet of France (15) and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia (10). Granted, Hantuchova is just coming back from injury and Cornet isn’t really much of a hard court player and will face big-hitting Nicole Vaidisova in the first round. If Vaidisova is on her game she could do some major damage on the fast hard courts in Beijing. Also, watch out for Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, coming off her first title last week in Sweden. However, this quarter is Serena’s for the taking, and an Olympic Gold being the only significant title that she lacks, you know she’s bringing her A game.

Semifinalist: Serena Williams

Quarter 3:

Third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia is in danger right off the bat, facing local favorite, Li Na, in the first round. This match up is probably the best chance of a first round upset if Na is in form. Also in this section are Venus Williams of the United States, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Azarenka has had solid results this summer and could make some noise in this section. Venus hasn’t played since she won the title at Wimbledon so, her form will be questionable.

Semifinalist: Venus Williams

Quarter 4:

Soon to be world number 1, Jelena Jankovic’s quarter also has U.S. Open Series winner, Dinara Safina of Russia, who’s been having a red hot summer so far, grabbing titles in Los Angeles and Montreal. Other seeds are Agnes Szavay of Hungary (11) and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia (16). Also in this section is 2000 Olympic Gold medalist, Lindsay Davenport, whose primary reason for returning to the tour was to compete in the Games. I’m thinking whoever wins the projected Safina-Davenport second round match is going all the way to the semifinals.

Semifinalist: Dinara Safina

Gold: Serena Williams

Silver: Dinara Safina

Bronze: Venus Williams


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One Response

  1. trburke says:

    i’m so sad lindsay pulled out of the singles tourney. i was really hoping she’d go deep at the olympics. grrr. (and i’m sure it’s really frustrating for her too).

    ah well. go team usa (aka serena/venus…craybas?)

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