French Open - WTA - 2013

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WWW (Which Woman Wins) on the terre battue???

  1. Serena Williams

    53.8%
  2. Maria Sharapova

    20.0%
  3. Victoria Azarenka

    10.8%
  4. Agnieszka Radwańska

    4.6%
  5. Sara Errani

    1.5%
  6. Li Na

    6.2%
  7. Petra Kvitová

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  8. Angelique Kerber

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  9. Samantha Stosur

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  10. Caroline Wozniacki

    3.1%
  1. The-Champ

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    I feel like Queen Serena is on a mission this year. If she stays healthy and focused we might see another Serena slam. She might surpass Martina and Evert's major count next year :shock: ...and I think she will.
     
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  2. cc0509

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    Azarenka does not own Sharapova and she most certainly does not own her on clay. Azarenka has never defeated Sharapova on clay. Sharapova is an overall better clay court player than Azarenka is. You are correct that it is not a given that if Serena loses early Sharapova will win the title, but Sharapova will definitely become the favorite if Serena loses early.
     
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  3. MichaelNadal

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    So what round will Venus crash out in? I say 2nd round.
     
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    She would have to play a 14-year old wildcard to win a round at the FO.

    1st round.
     
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    She tweeted how excited she was about her FO dress she designed. I thought to myself, too bad you'll only be in it once or twice. It's sad how much she's declined.
     
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    So far, the H2H is 7-5 in favor of Azarenka.
     
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    They will be looking to get rid of 'Rena in the early rounds by tripping her up in some form or fashion. No secret that she is the least wanted champion of the establishment, incl organisers, sponsors and commentators and who they want to win. Just as along as Serena can make it to the second week by keeping her cool, she can take the whole thing.
     
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  8. MichaelNadal

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    I agree, if Serena makes the second week, everyone else can forget about it. They'll have to pull a Tonya Harding to keep her from winning the title.
     
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    That is hardly ownage as NA claims and on clay Azarenka has never defeated Sharapova. Sure Azarenka could win the FO and so could Li Na or maybe Stosur if she really has a great couple of weeks but, if Serena is out, Sharapova will be considered the favorite whether Sharapova follows through on that is irrelevant.
     
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    Sam Stosur usually performs well when the clay swing comes around doesn't look like its gonna happen this time around though
     
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    Victoria was 6-4 up against Maria in Rome 2011 and on an apparent road to victory before she retired from that match... Sharapova is far from unplayable on clay. The Victoria who played Serena in Rome ; or basically the Victoria who played Rome and had a pretty good level of play overall would have defeated the actual Sharapova in straights - but Maria chickened out, good for her.

    Personally, I keep persisting that Sharapova isn't winning Roland Garros but after all, the draw will somewhat decide to which extents.

    But like some mentioned already, the fact that that she ran away from Rome where she was the defending champion of the last 2 editions is an extremely bad sign for her already... heading into this slam considering her pathetic record at defending them.
     
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  12. bullfan

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    I think Serena is a definite lock this year. Last year there was Wimbledon and then Olympics back to back. I think Serena was more interested in the Olympics last year.

    This year she's on a mission. And that mission is to decimate #2 and #3. Totally demoralize them. Prove that at her age she can demolish her next 2 closest ranked players.

    Go Serena!!!!
     
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  13. bullfan

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    Venus has had a great career and has been great for women's tennis and pushing for equal prize money.

    She also spoke out when the Israeli player was denied to AbuDabi.

    Quite frankly, I think she's pushing her clothing line at this point, other then doubles with Serena. I'm not dissing her for it, and think she is creative in her clothing line, even if some are obviously over the top! like her US Open outfits, but hey, live large!
     
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    Nah, I don't think her decision about skipping Rome means anything re her chances to win the FO. If anything why does she have to play another useless tune-up before the FO? At the end of the day nobody cares about tune-up wins, it won't add anything to her legacy. She did not play in any tune-up events prior to the AO this year and look how well she did there before she got to Li Na. I don't know if she will defend the FO this year, but she will be the odds on favorite to win if Serena loses early. With the women there are many players who could win the FO, all I am saying is that with Serena out, Sharapova's chances to win the title increase greatly. The only player Sharapova has constant trouble with is Serena.
     
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    The Italian Open is FAR from a "useless tuneup".
     
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    Laura R. Perfect first round draw for Caroline Wozniacki. 2010, 2011, she was getting patty cake draws in slams because they wanted her in the final. Now she is on her way down and she is just fodder for new rising players.
     
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    Venus should play doubles with Madison Keys or Jamie Hampton. They might be able to win some big doubles titles together.

    And that will free Serena up for being fresh for Singles.
     
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    Actually, Rome isn't a useless tune up event for her ; Rome is a very good indication for Sharapova at how well she'll perform in Roland Garros.

    The fact that she was being so successful at this event - event, in which the conditions are extremely close to Roland Garros' ; while the other top 2 players (Victoria, Serena) almost constantly flopped/struggled in it was telling of how she had actually progressed on true clay.

    The tables have totally turned I believe but we'll see about that in the upcoming two weeks...
     
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    Main Draw - Top Half

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    K so ... there's the Main Draw ... and already I see I have some updating to do, since all of the qualifiers are now known! :)
     
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    serena's draw isn't too bad: 2 easy opening rounds,cirstea 3rd round, vinci 4th round, kerber or kuzzy quarters, radwanska,lisicki or errani semis, sharapova or vika final.
     
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    Wozzniacki Robson match will be fun 1st round.
     
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    Agreed. If Robson wipes the clay with her, I think the sports media will need to stop coddling Wozniacki and examine the entire "Wozniacki company" ASAP.
     
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    Sloane's got it easy up to Masha. Will be able to defend points from last year.

    Poor Jamie Hampton will have to face Safarova after (hopefully!) back to back semi and final in Brussels tomorrow. Hope she gets a day off...
     
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  26. boredone3456

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    Gut QF predictions

    Serena vs Kuzzy/Kerber assuming Kuzzy beats Makarova- Serena looks a lock to win her section. Kerber has been a mess and Kuzzy pushed her to the limit not to long ago. Makarova is also all over the place so really who knows who will make it to Serena in the QF but I'd probably say it will be Kuzzy or Kerber if I had to pick

    Aga/Ivanovic vs Errani- I am not sure what Aga or Ivanovics chances are of even making it this far. Aga is still somehow number 4 but has been sloppy. Ana actually made the SF in Madrid and is a champion and finalist of past here so maybe she can capitalize. Either way I think both would lose to Errani.

    Li vs Vika- OK both of them could lose early but to whom? Li has on paper an easy looking section exception for Makiri who has a major top 10 complex. Vika has a similar section full of head cases in people like Bartoli and Cornet. If they live up to their seeds though Vika would have to play 2 french players back to back....so that might be a challenge. If they met in the QFS I'd pick Li.

    Sharapova vs ummm....Stosur?- Sharapova unless she breaks a leg should make it that far. Stosur however has both Kvitova (SF Last year) and Jankovic in her section and really anyone can come out of there because they are all inconsistent.

    If I had to pick the SF right now

    Serena vs Errani
    Sharapova vs Li

    But let's be honest...this is the WTA. if I'm lucky maybe one will be right haha
     
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  27. boredone3456

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    Upset list (seeds not likely to live up to their seedings):

    Woz
    Venus
    Paszek
    Kvitova
    Makarova
    Aga
    Cilbulkova/Stephens (I could see both out before the 3rd round as they have been struggling lately...but both could catch fire and have a great 3rd round match to)

    Dark horses to watch:

    Suarez Navarro
    Jankovic
    Schiavone
    Kuznetsova
    Vinci (if Serena runs into trouble/early upset)
    Keys (hits hard can work her way in especially since petrova is well...petrova)
     
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    Interesting first round matches:

    Woz vs Robson
    Baby Rad vs Venus (assuming Venus doesn't pull out)
    Pennetta vs Flipkens
    Hampton vs Safarova
    Jankovic vs Hantuchova
    Kuzzy vs Makarova

    Any of these could go either way.
     
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    Maria returned as defending champion in grand slam events on two other occasions. I don't think she'll approach this one any differently or get a sense of desperation from Maria because she has many more French Open's to look forward to. She is a favorite, but not the favorite to win.

    While Serena may not publicly admit it, the pressure will on her this championship. 2013 FO is probably her best last chance to win in Paris. Consecutive tournament wins on clay, match win streak, and lofty media expectations will add an emotional dimension to this years FO for her. I would feel much better about her chances if all of the attention wasn't on her winning at the moment. Serena particularly shines when she's viewed as being an underdog of sorts. Her comebacks in tennis are legendary.

    Would love for Serena to show some of the intensity at this years French Open that she showed in 2003 vs Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals. I felt like that was the last best match she played in Paris.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMEskIKcd1k

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    I kinda agree, sadly. I guess her medical problems are too important to overcome. At least she's doing what she likes despite her problems, that's the most important. I kinda hoped she'd come back though.

    Good first round match indeed. I hope Robson seriously trained her serve, because that second serve in the middle of deuce court, with little (bothering) spin, ALL THE GODDAMN TIME, I cringe hard...
     
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    The pressure is all on Serena. The draw gods have given her an insanely easy draw all the way to the final. All the players who could bother her are in the bottom half and she gets Vinci, Kerber or Kuzzy (OK that could be tricky 2009 rematch) than Aga (doubt it) or Errani (good on clay but easy to pistol whip). Everything is lined up for her as really I cannot see anyone who could stop her.

    But at the same time she has lost to players at the french no one thought would beat her before. Who knows. But really...despite how good she is at the other majors....if she doesn't win a 2nd French now...she never will and was probably never meant to.
     
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  32. MichaelNadal

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    Venus has both Radwanska's in her section, ouch!
     
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    there's only one qualifier guaranteed to make it into the second round:
    The winner of Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v. Grace Min (USA)

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    Has anyone seen Grace Min play? She won the 2011 US Open girls' singles title, and seh also won the 2011 Wimbledon Championships – Girls' Doubles with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. She has other wins to her credit and looks like someone worth watching ..... unfortunately, even if they have six show courts at the FO, she doesnt have much chance at a show court as a qualifier, that is, unless she ends up meeting the 15th seed (roberta vinci) in the second round :) ..... vinci's lost a three setter today to american jamie hampton, and seems a good bet to beat her first round opponent, Stéphanie Foretz Gacon. who happens to be a 32-year-old French wildcard! :D ..... if that doesn't rate a show court, I miss my guess!
     
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    If SW is as in form as we have witnessed of late, Kuznetsova will need be in a form not seen since...well, since she won her last major, and in tennis terms, that's a lifetime ago.

    Kerber can be a counterpucher if she desires, but that alone will not win it, unless it is mixed with SW mental lapses/errors enough for 10 events.

    If by that you mean a challenge as she will have to deal with hostility from a partisan French crowd, then I say Vika gives the finger to advesarial reactions, or feeds off of it (I really like that about her). In fact, audience hostility might lead her to give either opponent the beating of a lifetime--just to rub salt in the wounds.

    Yeah, that's kind of a confused mess of potential match ups; you never know which version shows up.
     
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    I miss your old avatar in full shriek mode
     
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    Kerber could be a challenge to Serena W. You don't beat Serena by playing better than her, you beat Serena by trying to make her play badly. (Sharapova needs to get this through her head) Of course, then the match is in Serena's control and she could - and often does - start playing well just at the last possible moment.
     
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    Well, trying to get Sharapova to change tactics is like expecting Bartoli to dump daddy, and get a real trainer/coach. Never gonna happen.
     
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    I'm thinking Kanepi can make it through her quarter of the draw. She won't have any trouble against Klara in R1, and Kirilenko hasn't been playing her best. Li will lose early to either Anabel or Bethanie.

    Ana has a great chance to make a quarter final here, and possibly a semi. She has an easy road to the 4th round (goerges has been poor) and I dont think Aga or Venus will make it that far. She will probably face Errani in the quarters, and if she is on, can hit through her.
     
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    Should they bring back the pink clay?

    LOL ... that was a funny thing: I used that ava as a protest, and then I kinda got used to it :D

    speaking of getting used to things ..... do you remember the pink clay from last year?
    I wonder if they'll try it on again this year? :oops:

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  41. jones101

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    Looks like Wozniacki is getting a new coach.

    Daddy is handing over FULL CONTROL to new coach! He's gonna stay at home
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    ''Caroline Wozniacki's father, Piotr, will sit at home and watch her ​​daughter play tennis on TV, so she needs a new coach, and they are very close to having found him. The newspaper Jyllands-Posten.Tidligere has Spaniard Ricardo Sanchez and Swede Thomas Johansson assisted Caroline Wozniacki without much success. But this time daddy does not interfere from the sidelines.

    - No, no, the new coach takes over full responsibility and it has been the intention all along.

    - We are looking for someone who can be with her for the rest of her career and not just half a year, because it is bad and destroys much, says Piotr Wozniacki told the newspaper.

    Two men in the picture to take over Piotr Wozniacki responsibility, Caroline Wozniacki just need to decide which of the unnamed men, it should be.

    World Rank List number 10 has got the worst possible preparation for the French Open - the year's second grand slam tournament, where it has been to five defeats in a row in various WTA tournaments.

    But the decision to find a successor has nothing to do with her ​​daughter's declining performance to do, says Piotr Wozniacki. It has been planned for a while.

    It is still Piotr Wozniacki, who is the coach of Caroline when she faces Briton Laura Robson in the first round of the French Open, which begins Sunday''


    http://www.dr.dk/Sporten/Oevrig_sport/Tennis/2013/05/25/132235.htm
     
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    ^^^^^ wait what??? Daddy doing a sensible thing? Woz getting a coach who might actually be able to do something?? I don't believe it...no seriously...I think daddy will still have control even if there will be a new body in the picture. If the new coach doesn't do it daddys way I could see him going bye bye.

    Hopefully though this is true...she needs help. I also LOL'd pretty hard at the bit about her recent beatings having nothing to do with it...yea right. I doubt daddy would even think of handing over control if Caro was still in the top 5 and winning tournaments.
     
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    it'd be refreshing to see someone else win...maybe Radwanska?
     
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  44. NadalAgassi

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    Oh please, we all know Piotr will be back in full control only a month or two down the line.
     
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  45. cc0509

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    I don't think the tables have turned at all. Sharapova won Stuttgart and made the final of Madrid. That is enough practice matches on clay for her. I think whe will be fine at the FO, but her problem will be Serena if Serena makes it all the way to the final. I think it will likely be a Sharapova/Azarenka SF which could go either way.
     
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    I give it till after Caroline crashes out early at Wimbledon :lol:
     
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    Sharapova will kill her though! :twisted:
     
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    Radwanska's in the contention for the title, she always quietly makes her way through the draw beating people she should. But she can't raise her level sufficiently to overcome the heavyweight types Serena, Aza, Li, Maria and Kvitova.
     
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    I agree, Caro is not going to go against daddy-o. They may hire a coach, but when the predictable results come in, it will be back to the status quo. I'm sure Caro will get her real coaching over the phone. Shoot, Caro landed McIlroy, he's her new meal ticket.
     
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    Isn't this the 3rd time Wozniacki claims to have a new coach? Both times those coaches were relegated to consultant or adviser status. I'll just yawn at this news until I see it play out.

    Even if it is true, she waited a year too late. Not to mention this coach won't be able to have much time to work with her with two upcoming majors in the way.

    Players that stuck with their coaches too long include Wozniacki, Bartoli, Lisicki, and Kvitova. Even Radwanska can't shake off some of her tendencies she picked up from daddy.
     

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