My Quarter Final Picks

Jan 18, 2009

As this is a fantasy tennis website, I thought today I’d run you through who I think will progress to the quarter finals. However, you have to remember that your Grand Slam Fantasy Tennis Team must include 3 players from outside the top 16, one of whom must be unseeded.

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Men


Rafael Nadal – has a tough road ahead with Gasquest, Gonzalez, Tursonov, Hewitt and Canas in his section. I think he’ll get through, but it might make that second week very tough, with either Gael Monfils or Gilles Simon his most likely quarter final opponent.

Gael Monfils – will probably play a higher ranked Frenchman, Gilles Simon in the match to progress to the quarters. I think after the diappointement of having to withdraw last year, and his obvious form in beating Nadal in Doha earlier this month, he’s the one to watch in this section of the draw.

Andy Murray – has been gifted with a relatively easy first week and should have little trouble getting through – possibly without dropping a set if you look at his recent form.

James Blake/ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – want to wait until the last minute for some news on Tsonga’s back before I decide on that one. I’ll take a fit Tsonga every time, carrying an injury…not so sure.

David Nalbandian – comes off a tough match in winning the Medibank International in Sydney proving he’s ready for this tournament. Has done well here previously. Difficult section with Roddick, and Robredo but I think Nalbandian’s the one.

Robin Soderling – I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Djokovic won’t make it through, with the Swede following in the path of so many of his fellow countrymen who have done well in Australia. Baghdatis is the dark horse here in this section.

Juan Martin Del-Potro – would have had him as a smokey to win the whole thing if I hadn’t watched Federer’s form in his finals win at Kooyong on Saturday. He’s due to meet Federer in the quarters.

Roger Federer – if you’d have asked me before Saturday what his chances were, I wouldn’t have been confident. Have totally flipped on that and Federer has been correctly installed as the tournament favourite.

Women


Venus Williams – I don’t think she can win the whole thing, but there is no one in her section with the weapons to bring her down before the quarters. If she loses, it will be for lack of a good preparation.

Elena Dementieva – has been in fantastic form and will be very disappointed with anything less than a semi-final birth, where she’s due to meet Serena Williams who she comfortably beat last week.

Jie Zheng – very open section of the draw, packed with eastern Europeans. So instead I’m going to back the Chinese player to quietly slip under the radar and make it through.

Serena Williams – has won the Aussie Open three times previously – ’03, ’05, & ’07. Sensing a pattern here?

Marion Bartoli – Jelena Jankovic is in this section but is coming in short of match fitness, and under a bit of a cloud with a virus. If she catches a baking hot Melbourne day early in the tournament it may be a little too much for her. Bartoli to sneak through.

Nadia Petrova – two Russian women of very equal standing are the main chances here. I’ll admit it…I tossed a coin on this one. Literally.

Dinara Safina – has been in good form, and showed what she is capable in the second set of her final against Dementieva in Sydney. Then showed what else she is capable of by capitulating in the third set of the same match. Should get through to the final eight no worries. Should…

Caroline Wozniacki – the young Dane pushed Serena Williams to a third set tie-break in Sydney, and I think she’ll be too good for Ana Ivanovic, her main rival in this section. Ana says she’s in good shape, but her form says otherwise.

So good luck with your picks. If you think I’m way off track with any of mine, feel free to let me know.

Written by: Crooksy

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