WTA - Stanford 2008

Who do you think will win?


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Oui c'est moi.

Hall of Fame
Sorry if there's already a thread on this (i did do a search), i thought it would be a good short break from the Nadal/Federer type of threads cropping up over and over again.

So who do you think will win?
 
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Tchocky

Hall of Fame
Chakvetadze is the defending champion. Anna was kicking butt on the U.S. hard courts last summer but she has been playing terrible since her home invasion incident. Serena is the clear favorite without a doubt. I can't really bet against Serena in this tournament.
 

Oui c'est moi.

Hall of Fame
Yep i would have voted Chakvetadze myself but things have not been looking up for this girl.
I was undecided between Dani and Elena but that's just wishful...
Serena looks like the clear fave here.
 
Odds are, it's Serena, but I'm gonna be a contrarian and pick a total darkhorse. But first, a short story about why I'm picking her...

I live about 1/2 mile from Stanford, and on Friday afternoon, my eight year old son and I decided to go hit some tennis balls at the local park in our neighborhood. You know, 2 courts, right next to the kiddie playground kind of a park. As we're walking up, I see a teenager hitting balls on one of the courts with her coach. Since there are plenty of teenagers who play well here, at first I think nothing of it, but as I watch her for a couple of minutes, I realize there's no way she's your garden variety high school player. I ask her if she's in the Stanford tourney, she says yes, so I ask her name. Michelle Larcher de Brito.

That's when I recognize her, she's the young kid who played WTT for Sacramento last year at 14 years old! Seemed very nice, out there with her mom and dad and brothers.

So we went to watch the free qualy rounds, and there she was! Her first match she knocked out the top seeded (Domachowska) qualifier 0 and 1! Her second match was a little tougher, against a crafty lefty, Natalie Grindley? but she beat her in straight sets as well. And today, she won 7-5 6-0 over her third opponent Stoop (GBR), coming back from being down 4-2 in the first set.

This girl is something to see! She's only about 5'6" or so, but she hits the ball a ton, and very consistent! She has a great two-handed crosscourt backhand that she collects a lot of winners on, and is very fleet of foot. Most of all, she is really mentally tough. In the last two matches, at times when she had game and set points against her, she seems to be able to become more consistent and more aggressive at the same time, really taking it up to another gear! I've got to say that she is definitely going to be one to watch. I know it's a little silly to predict that she will win the tourney, but the girl has definitely got some serious game and, barring injury, could become a major force in the next couple of years. You heard it here first...
 
To the OP, I like your last option on the thread..lol

I picked Serena to take this one, but the darkhorse would be Nadia Petrova, she has had some good results overthe past 6 weeks and can only get better.
 

lauras-serve

New User
Dementieva isn't playing Stanford. Zvonareva seems to have taken her place.

I watched Michelle Larcher de Brito demolish Domachowska in the first qualie round. Wow! She was consistently returning balls to about six inches from the baseline. It didn't matter if they were fast or slow, or short, or high, or whatever - Michelle sent them all went back to just short of the baseline.

For the tournament, I'm picking Hantuchova. The Ouija leaves I use to predict a match indicated Hantuchova before the main draw started. Maybe that means she'll win the whole tournament?
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Hantuchova...dunno why really. Serena is up and down and never know what to expect from her. Anna and Marion have been playing poorly and inconsistantly all year (save 1 title from Anna)...I don't see it for Elena...so went with Daniela.

Side note I'd love to see Larcher De Brito and Davenport go far.
 

Topaz

Legend
For those of you just discovering Larcher de Brito, I believe if you do a search, you'll find a few threads on her. She is definitely one of the 'up and comers' on the WTA tour! Her tour playing will be limited, however, until she turns 18. Or is it 16? Don't quite remember the WTA rule.

I believe Lindsay pulled out? :(

I'm going to go with a possible long shot here, and say Dementieva! She was playing very well at Wimbledon, and if she can defend that weak serve, then she is a threat with her groundstrokes and movement. If a Williams sister is having a bad, she could capitalize!

Edited: Oh jeez...just saw that Elena isn't playing! My bad!
 
Anne Keothavong played a great match to take out the overrated Sania Mirza. But she seems to be building in confidence and could be a bright summer for the Brit.
 

Oui c'est moi.

Hall of Fame
Odds are, it's Serena, but I'm gonna be a contrarian and pick a total darkhorse. But first, a short story about why I'm picking her...

I live about 1/2 mile from Stanford, and on Friday afternoon, my eight year old son and I decided to go hit some tennis balls at the local park in our neighborhood. You know, 2 courts, right next to the kiddie playground kind of a park. As we're walking up, I see a teenager hitting balls on one of the courts with her coach. Since there are plenty of teenagers who play well here, at first I think nothing of it, but as I watch her for a couple of minutes, I realize there's no way she's your garden variety high school player. I ask her if she's in the Stanford tourney, she says yes, so I ask her name. Michelle Larcher de Brito.

That's when I recognize her, she's the young kid who played WTT for Sacramento last year at 14 years old! Seemed very nice, out there with her mom and dad and brothers.

So we went to watch the free qualy rounds, and there she was! Her first match she knocked out the top seeded (Domachowska) qualifier 0 and 1! Her second match was a little tougher, against a crafty lefty, Natalie Grindley? but she beat her in straight sets as well. And today, she won 7-5 6-0 over her third opponent Stoop (GBR), coming back from being down 4-2 in the first set.

This girl is something to see! She's only about 5'6" or so, but she hits the ball a ton, and very consistent! She has a great two-handed crosscourt backhand that she collects a lot of winners on, and is very fleet of foot. Most of all, she is really mentally tough. In the last two matches, at times when she had game and set points against her, she seems to be able to become more consistent and more aggressive at the same time, really taking it up to another gear! I've got to say that she is definitely going to be one to watch. I know it's a little silly to predict that she will win the tourney, but the girl has definitely got some serious game and, barring injury, could become a major force in the next couple of years. You heard it here first...

This darkhorse of yours has intrigued me!
Got any clips of her playing?

EDIT - No worries, she's all over youtube.
 
Nevermind...

Serena came back to beat the youngster De Brito, nevertheless it was an impressive outing by the youngster. The match was much closer than the score indicated (97-82).Also, Serena's 2nd serve points percentage has been really horrible over the past few months. :?



4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Great Performance By De Brito, she lost, but that kinda performance will definitely push her and give her even more confidence...come the next few years, she'll be a major slam contender barring any injury
 

10sany1

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Great Performance By De Brito, she lost, but that kinda performance will definitely push her and give her even more confidence...come the next few years, she'll be a major slam contender barring any injury


I was lucky enough to see this match in person and one of De Brito's qualifying rounds. She is truely one to watch. Watching Serenas body language I think she was even taken a back by De Brito strong/aggressive hitting style. What most impressed me is that De Brito's has a lot of fire and mental toughness.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
I was lucky enough to see this match in person and one of De Brito's qualifying rounds. She is truely one to watch. Watching Serenas body language I think she was even taken a back by De Brito strong/aggressive hitting style. What most impressed me is that De Brito's has a lot of fire and mental toughness.

Yeah..When I first saw clips of her on youtube I found it reallllllly hard to beleive she is only 14 yrs old. She is amazing. I don't think Serena expected a 14 year old qualifier to really go for it against her like she did and start the match with poise and confidence.

As for this Tournament as a whole...its now all in Serena's hands. Schnyder is a good player when she is on though, and I would not rule out her bouncing Serena. Sugiyama beating Daniela was kinda a shock, I have always kinda Liked Sugiyama though and am happy she snapped outta her early year funk.
 
I know this might sound a little bad, but Sugiyama was up 6-7(4), 7-6 (5), 5-3 against Cibulkova, and Cibulkova retired.

Does anyone know the story behind this match? :confused:
 

10sany1

New User
I know this might sound a little bad, but Sugiyama was up 6-7(4), 7-6 (5), 5-3 against Cibulkova, and Cibulkova retired.

Does anyone know the story behind this match? :confused:

Yes, I was there. Cibulkova and Sugiyama were pretty even in the first set (not to interesting). The second set Cibulkova played well and was up 5-2 in the second. Sugiyama really pulled it together and started to play really well (nice ground strokes, volleys) in the tie breaker Sugiyama really focused and dominated. Cibulkova as she was losing was pretty much mentally falling apart. In the 3rd set Sugiyama was in complete control and at 4-3 Cibulkova was serving and her quad began to cramp (it was wrapped). She dink a serve in to end the game and called the trainer. Sugiyama served to win the next 3 point at 40-0 Cibulkova leg gave out and got a code violation for delay of play (leg hurting) to lose the match. I should also also mention in the last game the stadium was getting feedback over the loud speakers delaying play at 15-0 (very silly).

Then Serena Williams completely outplayed Patty Schnyder in about an hour.
 
Who is this girl Wozniak???? :shock:

She just took the 1st set from Serena 6-2, without being broken. Serena had some treatment with her knee and isn't moving very well though.

Edit: she is in fact injured because she hasn't been moving that much in the match.
 
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topspin

Semi-Pro
I've seen Wozniak hit at a tennis club here in Montreal and seen her play juniors. She plays a 'heavy' game. I'll elaborate: she hits the ball heavily and relies on pace to win her points. It's a high risk game. She's not fast. If she improves on her speed then she'll do much better. Her dad coaches her. I've seen him at a tennis club and recognized him when I heard him talking about racquets.

I know for sure that her performance will bring out the crowd even more than usual at the Montreal Rogers cup next week.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
bartoli . . . hilarious. taking the inevitable injury timeout after losing the first set. then hobbling around like she's been shot in the leg . . . but only sometimes.
 
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