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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    Really, Davydenko would be less surprising than Sharapova?





    I'm shocked only one of them picked Serena and one Federer (and Ed is just a big Federer fan), so the directive must have been to go for shock value

    I can't see Sharapova beating Clijsters.

    Davydenko has been playing really well, and actually winning matches as opposed to just coming close. This may be his best chance at a GS.

    It could just be wishful thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaujarkko View Post
    My thoughts exactly. We actually had this conversation last year before the AO cause she won Sydney and lost only 4 games to Serena, and then in the AO semis, she never looked like she was going to win the match.
    That she got to the semis was surprise enough. Prior to that, I don't remember her making the second week Down Under.

    But I predict 2010 will be unpredictable. And Elena winning would fit the bill.

    So would Serena, actually. Not only is it an even year, but Serena hasn't defended a Slam title since 2003.


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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by morct View Post
    I can't see Sharapova beating Clijsters.

    Davydenko has been playing really well, and actually winning matches as opposed to just coming close. This may be his best chance at a GS.

    It could just be wishful thinking.
    I just think picking Davydenko is the same as picking Dementieva. They have both proven they are capable of winning a slam tenniswise and incapable mentally. If either one were to win, I wouldn't be surprised by whom they beat but by the fact that they won the final two matches.

    Whereas Sharapova may not even get Clijsters in the semis (should Maria get there herself). Actually, if she does get to the semis, I can see her beating whoever she meets because she has proven she is capable both mentally and tenniswise.

    On paper, I agree Davydenko shows more chances than Sharapova, but, historically, he's blown many more chances than Sharapova

    All IMO, of course.


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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    I just think picking Davydenko is the same as picking Dementieva. They have both proven they are capable of winning a slam tenniswise and incapable mentally. If either one were to win, I wouldn't be surprised by whom they beat but by the fact that they won the final two matches.

    Whereas Sharapova may not even get Clijsters in the semis (should Maria get there herself). Actually, if she does get to the semis, I can see her beating whoever she meets because she has proven she is capable both mentally and tenniswise.

    On paper, I agree Davydenko shows more chances than Sharapova, but, historically, he's blown many more chances than Sharapova

    All IMO, of course.
    Normally I would agree with all this 100% but I think the men's title is there this year for whoever can step up, and I think Davydenko might actually be able to do it this year.

    Now watch him prove me wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    I just think picking Davydenko is the same as picking Dementieva. They have both proven they are capable of winning a slam tenniswise and incapable mentally. If either one were to win, I wouldn't be surprised by whom they beat but by the fact that they won the final two matches.
    Very astute observation, especially considering that you're a fan of all the Russians and had to put aside subjectiveness to form this objective observation. We could use more of that around here.
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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    I like Elena and if she wins, good for her... but I just think in GS Justine will prove to be too much to handle for Elena. Justine herself looked pretty good in Brisbane and I liked what I saw and she will be even better at a slam. Another thing is that beating Serena in regular tour event is really not that difficult of a task..
    I know it is a lot easier and more interesting to talk about all of the times that Dementieva has lost in big Grand Slam matches, but she has won some big matches before. Back in 2005 when Davenport made the finals of Wimbledon and the AO, Elena beat her in the QF of the USO in a tie-break in the third. Its not like she's never done it before, so I don't think she will be afraid of Justine.

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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    Very astute observation, especially considering that you're a fan of all the Russians and had to put aside subjectiveness to form this objective observation. We could use more of that around here.

    Thanks! But I'm not a fan of "all" the Russians.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TennisBen21 View Post
    I know it is a lot easier and more interesting to talk about all of the times that Dementieva has lost in big Grand Slam matches, but she has won some big matches before. Back in 2005 when Davenport made the finals of Wimbledon and the AO, Elena beat her in the QF of the USO in a tie-break in the third. Its not like she's never done it before, so I don't think she will be afraid of Justine.
    That is true and she also almost beat Serena at Wimbledon last year, but I still like Justine to win that match more than 50% of the time, so I take that bet easily...
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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    Thanks! But I'm not a fan of "all" the Russians.
    I know you like Igor a lot, but who do you like more Misha or Kolya?
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    Saturday Order of Play - Qualifying

    Show Court 3 - 10:00 Start

    ATP - 3rd Round
    Xavier Malisse(BEL)[1] vs. Rik De Voest(RSA)
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Blaz Kavcic(SLO)[12] vs.Somdev Devvarman(IND)[27]
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Anna Floris(ITA) vs. Sofia Arvidsson(SWE)

    Court 5

    10:00 Start
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Zuzana Kucova(SVK) vs. Julia Schruff(GER)[19]
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Daniel King-Turner(NZL) vs. Louk Sorensen(IRL)

    Court 6

    10:00 Start
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Matthew Ebden(AUS) vs. Michal Przysiezny(POL)
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Joseph Sirianni(AUS) vs. Ivan Dodig(CRO)
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Regina Kulikova(RUS)[2] vs. Ksenia Pervak(RUS)[17]


    Court 7

    10:00 Start
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Illya Marchenko(UKR)[9] vs. John Millman(AUS)
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Yanina Wickmayer(BEL)[1] vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino(ESP)[22]
    WTA- 3rd Round
    Maria Elena Camerin(ITA)[5] vs. Renata Voracova(CZE)[14]

    Court 8

    10:00 Start
    ATP- 3rd Round
    Simon Stadler(GER) vs. Kevin Anderson(RSA)[21]
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Masa Zec Peskiric(SLO)[11] vs. Valerie Tetreault(CAN)[21]
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Kathrin Woerle(GER)[12] vs. Bojana Jovanovski(SRB)

    Court 10

    10:00 Start
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Alex Bogomolov Jr.(USA) vs. Ivan Sergeyev(UKR)

    WTA- 3rd Round
    Xinyun Han(CHN) vs. Anastasia Pivovarova(RUS)

    Court 11

    10:00 Start
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Shenay Perry(USA)[3] vs. Vesna Manasieva(RUS)[20]
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Steve Darcis(BEL)[3] vs. Grega Zemlja(SLO)[32]

    Court 12

    10:00 Start
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Donald Young(USA) vs. Takao Suzuki(JPN)
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Yvonne Meusburger(AUT)[8] vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands(USA)

    Court 13

    10:00 Start
    ATP- 3rd Round
    Stefan Koubek(AUT)[15] vs. Ryan Sweeting(USA)
    WTA - 3rd Round
    Yuliana Fedak(UKR) vs. Kristina Mladenovic(FRA)

    Court 14

    10:00 Start
    WTA- 3rd Round
    Angelique Kerber(GER)[7] vs. Michaella Krajicek(NED)[18]
    ATP - 3rd Round
    Santiago Ventura(ESP)[4] vs. Antonio Veic(CRO)
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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Go Devvarman!
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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    I know you like Igor a lot, but who do you like more Misha or Kolya?
    Youzhny, I guess. I'll support them, but I'm not a huge fan of either.

    BTW, have you heard Kazakhstan is also trying to buy Andrey Kuznetsov (Wimbledon junior champ)?


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    Re: GS - Australian Open 1/18-1/31 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    Go Devvarman!
    That's Salomon favourite player of all time, right?

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    One day they might just be lucky enough to buy someone important...

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    I am truly shocked that through 12 pages there wasn't a single mention of James Blake.

    Truly shocked.

    Maybe Del Potro will withdraw. It might be his only hope at this point.

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