As the draw is getting smaller and smaller there are 4 matches today.
Two quarterfinals for the women and two for the men. First on Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova. A tight first set between the two where Kuznetsova was leading 4-1 but Azarenka came back to win the set 7-5.
Then an unexpected result occurred when Serena Williams lost to Sloane Stephens in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. A great result for the young and upcoming American tennis talent! Congratulations and best of luck for the next round!
If I know my audience (and I think I do), you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting for my blog on the women’s picks for Wimbledon (starts Monday, June 22). Well, the wait is over. Here are my predictions: (Again, please don’t take these odds to Vegas.) If you missed Part I, click here.
Fav: Serena Williams. They say the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. So it goes with Serena, the only person that can beat a Williams is another Williams. Odds: 6-1
DH: Agnieszka Radwanska. Lost to eventual champion Kuznetsova in the 4th at Roland Garros. This could be her coming out party. Odds: 84-1
Fav: Svetlana Kuznetsova. Entering the Championships, she’s hotter than a stolen tamale. Made the win at the French finals look easy. Odds: 6-1
DH: Caroline Wozniacki. Dad’s a pro soccer player; mom’s a pro volleyball player. Mix those together, you get a pro tennis player?! Odds: 43-1
Fav: Victoria Azarenka. Admires Roger Federer, who’s not a bad person to admire when playing at Wimbledon. Odds: 15-1
DH: Maria Sharapova. This is the GDHOAT (Greatest Dark Horse of All Time). Odds on being the loudest shrieker: 2-1. Odds: 13-1
Fav: Venus Williams. 5 time champion. Her game was built for the green stuff. My “diamond” is going to cut Chris’ “diamond” in 3 sets in the final. Odds: 4-1
DH: Maria Kirilenko. Did you know she was in Sports Illustrated this year?! Oh, and she plays tennis too. Odds: 52-1
Fav: Dinara Safina. Questions, questions. The world #1 has a big game for the grass, but can she string together 7 matches to win her first Grand Slam? Can she shake off the let down at the French Open a few weeks ago? Can she finally go past the 3rd round? Is her brother really Marat Safin? Odds: 11-1
DH: Ana Ivanovic. Speaking of #1, the former world #1 has been disappointing so far in 2009. If her game and knee holds up, she can go far. I wouldn’t sleep on this sleeper. Odds: 27-1
So there you go, the picks have been made, my opinions, voiced. All that’s left to do now is watch and see who’s going to owe whom a beer.
Check back during the tournament for my thoughts on certain matches and anything else to do with The Championships.
** Editors Note: Due to late breaking news that the #1 seed, and my pick to win, Rafael Nadal is not going to play due to tendonitis, I was forced to make a scramble pick.
New Fav: Andy Roddick. I’m digging the improvement he’s made to his game and it’s perfect for Wimbledon. His serve scares everyone not named Federer and he is moving a lot better. Chant it with me now, USA! USA! USA! Odds: 10-1.