Tuesday, September 02, 2008

US OPEN 2008: Women's Quarterfinals Preview

By Mad Professah

The 2008 US Women's Quarterfinals are now set. After correctly predicting all four of the 2008 French Open Women's quarterfinals but only two of the four 2008 Wimbledon Ladies quarterfinals here are my predictions for the last major women's quarterfinals of the year.

Amelie Mauresmo FRA (32) Flavia Pennetta ITA (16) vs. Dinara Safina RUS (6). This should have been an opportunity for former #1 Frenchwomanto show that she could still be a force to be reckoned with at a major but instead she committed 40 unforced errors (including 14 double faults) as she lost 6-3 6-0 to the Italian player who clinched her first major quarterfinal. Safina, who has made it to the final in six of the last seven events that she entered, has been the hottest player on the WTA Tour all summer long but has recently been complaining of extreme exhaustion.Pennetta is playing the best tennis of her long career but so is Safina. There's nothing that the Italian does that the Russian does better and that should be enough to get "Marat's little sister" to her second major semifinal of the year. PREDICTION: Safina in 2 sets.

Serena Williams USA (4) vs.
Venus Williams USA (7). This should be the best match of the tournament. Even though I predicted before the tournament that it was unlikely to occur, I'm thrilled that it has. Hopefully, the match will be a reprise of their intense Wimbledon Ladies' final this summer won by Venus(or the still unseen third-set tiebreak thriller in the Banagalore semis never shown on American won by Serena). However, it should be remembered that their first several matches were very ugly affairs. It should also be remembered that the sisters are currently tied 8-8 in their career head-to-head, although Serena beat Venus in 5 consecutive meetings at Grand Slams, she has not been able to do so since. I'm not sure if these statistics are known by either of the players but it does give us insight into how closely matched the two sisters are. Regardless, I do think that Venus will have a slight mental edge, although Serena is probably playing slightly better. In the end I think that tennis is at least fifty percent mental, and tennis between siblings must be even more so. I'm just happy to see a Williams in a major semifinal for more than a single time in a calendar year. PREDICTION: (Venus) Williams in 3 sets.

Elena Dementieva RUS (5) vs. Patty Schnyder SUI (15). This will probably be the ugliest quarterfinal of the four. Patty Schnyder has the game to drive anyone crazy, but Dementieva is coming off winning the Gold Medal in Singles at the Beijing Olympics and has already beaten the Swiss player twice already in 2008. Unless someone tells her that Jankovic has already lost and that she has an open path to her second US Open final in five years, Dementieva should be able to advance to her fourth career US Open semifinal surprisingly easily. PREDICTION: Dementieva in 2 sets.

Jelena Jankovic SRB (2) vs. Sybille Bammer AUT (29). Despite having the #1 ranking almost within her grasp thanks to the disturbing collapse of her countrywoman Ana Ivanovic, Jankovic barely got past the hard-hitting young Dane Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round, advancing 3-6 6-2 6-1. Sybille Bammer is one of the few mothers on the tour and has a rare serve and volley game. However, Jankovic has only lost to Bammer in 7 matches, including a tough 3-set match at last year's US Open in the 4th round. This year, Jankovic will be prepared to get the job done in two. PREDICTION: Jankovic in 2 sets.


oddman said...

'Don't tell her (Dementieva) that Jankovic lost' - too funny!

That's a good one. I would actually like to see her win one...

Nervyous play from Rafa today. Ugh. Is he cursed at New York? Can he defeat Mardy Fish?

John said...

As a fan of Argentina, I'm happy that DEL POTRO is doing all the good things at the moment.

I hope he keeps this momentum going into the quarter-finals but we all know it will a big game for him against Andy MURRAY.

I wish him all the best.

Anyway what do you think about DEL POTRO chances against the Scotsman?


Karen said...

I was looking at the 1/4 final line up and I had to laugh. This was the most ridiculous line up ever. Separate and apart from V/S, there are a lot of has beens, never was and also rans in the mix. If neither of the sisters win this tournament then we will really see a new USO champion. I am hoping that Serena can pull it out, even though Venus is my fave as I think she has the game to take care of whoever she meets in the final. However, to my mind if Serena pulls it out then whoever she meets in the semis and finals will have their work cut out for them because this girl has put in the work and she wants a major to finish the year. Also, the No. 1 ranking is on the line (surprised you did not mention that Madd) and if Serena gets to the semis, regardless of what anyone else does (except JJ to win I think) Serena will be No. 1 next Monday. Who would have thunk that a year ago - and guess what Sharapova could be out of the Top 10 by the middle of next month. Now who would have thunk that. Injuries are a b**ch

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kraa said...

Karen, you are not correct about #1 ranking. Serena, Dinara, Jelena and Elena would get it by winning a title regardless of any other results. So if we get Dementieva vs Jankovic and Serena vs Safina semi finals (very likely) then whoever wins it all will be #1 and deservedly so I might add :)

Karen said...

Kraa, thanks for the clarification. I thought I read over at tennis.com that as long as Serena reached the semis she was assured of the NO. 1 ranking. I was a bit amazed at this as to my mind if JJ reaches the finals and wins then she gets to be No. 1. Will have to go back and read it again.

Mad Professah said...

Yeah, I was going to mention the battle for #1 in my semifinals preview, where it will loom larger as a clear and present danger for most of the people still left in the draw (Dementieva, Williams (does Venus have a shot if she wins two majors??) and Safina or Jankovic).

Karen said...

What a match between Serena/Venus last night. To show you riveting the match was. I was hosting a party for my son and his girlfriend last night. The match was going on during the party and would you believe it that people turned down the music, stopped talking and started watching the match. People who knew nothing about tennis were in awe of the quickness, power, athletism and just all around beauty of these 2 ladies playing. This really should have been a match worthy of a final. The commentators were just in awe of these women. Very good match. Did not really like the result as really wanted Venus to do the whole back to back thingy but kudos to Serena for pulling it out and getting her chance to be atop women's tennis. Awesome indeed.