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Australian Open 2011 Predictions: WTA Tour

Note: Please see my most recent predictions for the WTA tour’s 2011 Australian Open here.

Serena Williams is out of her second consecutive major, and that means only one thing: the draw opens up substantially. Who can rise to the occasion with the favorite out of the mix? Will it be Kim Clijsters, who comes fresh off wins at the US Open and the year-ending championships, and has done well so far in 2011? There’s also Caroline Wozniaki trying to prove her number one ranking by her maiden Grand Slam title. Last year’s finalist Justine Henin must be mentioned, while Venus Williams plays after a knee injury kept her off tour. The Australian Open this year is bound for some surprises. Here’s a breakdown of the brackets.

Caroline Wozniacki’s Section:

The top seed should make it to the fourth round with Wozniacki’s toughest competition being Dominika Cibulkova. The 29th-seed recently scored a straight sets win over the Dane in Sydney. In the bottom of that portion of the draw, Yanina Wickmayer could very well defeat Marion Bartoli with confidence inspired by her finals showing in Auckland. Bartoli, however, does enjoy a 2-0 head-to-head record over Wickmayer.

In the bottom half, last year’s finalist Henin looms as the 15th-seed with Svetlana Kuznetsova as a potential third round match. The reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone also looks promising to advance. Henin, however, has won seven of eight matches against the Italian.

Ones-to-Watch: Australian Jarmila Groth recently won the Hobart tournament and may pose trouble for Wickmayer in the first round. The two met only once in 2009 with Wickmayer pulling through in three sets. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Wimbledon semifinalist, who has been struggling since the result, also appear in Wozniacki’s bracket.

Bottom Line: Wozniacki has some tough tests, but I believe she’ll advance to the quarterfinals over Wickmayer. Henin shouldn’t have a problem against Schiavone.

Venus Williams’ Section:

Here’s home to the fourth-seed, Venus, who faces a couple tests before the fourth round. In the third round, Andrea Petkovic could push her. The two have never met, and Petkovic looks confident with a recent string of wins in Brisbane. In the fourth round, however, Venus potentially meets Maria Sharapova. The head-to-head makes the Russian’s  possible success slim as Venus leads 5-3 in their head-to-head. She’s also won the last three matches in straight sets.

It’ll be a toss-up between 2010 semifinalist Na Li and the ever spirited Victoria Azarenka in their probable fourth round match.

Ones-to-Watch: The other seeded players, Kaia Kanepi (no. 20), Aravane Rezai (no. 17) and Daniela Hantuchova (no. 28) also appear here.

Bottom Line: Venus will likely defeat Sharapova, while Li can take out Azarenka in a battle.

Kim Clijsters’ Section:

Possibly the most open part of the draw belongs to Clijsters, where she’ll no doubt benefit. Competition comes in the form of Nadia Petrova and Ana Ivanovic. Clijsters, however, should get through to the quarterfinals unless Ivanovic can out-perform her in the fourth round. It’ll be an interesting match between Clijsters and Dinara Safina in the first round.

With a struggling Jelena Jankovic as the seventh-seed (she’s lost eight of her last matches, including six straight) at the top, the section looks perfect for an up-and-comer to make a move. Agnieszka Radwanska (no. 12), although she’s battling some injury, might do well. Jankovic can also squeak through the bracket as she has before. One never knows with the former world number one.

Ones-to-Watch: Personal favorite Patty Schnyder could meet Ivanovic in the second round. Greta Arn, the surprise winner of Auckland, also appears in this section, facing the 26th-seed, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, in the first round.

Bottom Line: Jankovic looks like a big question mark, while Clijsters should sail through to the second week.

Vera Zvonareva’s Section:

One of the strongest sections of the 2011 Australian Open on the WTA tour, this bracket is home to the second-seeded Zvonareva and home-favorite Sam Stosur (no. 5). These two names stand above the rest, although there are some, such as Petra Kvitova (no. 25), Shahar Peer (no. 10), and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (no. 16), who serve as fierce competition.

In a potential fourth round match, Kvitova, who won Brisbane — but lost in a walkover at Sydney — would face Stosur. The Australian hasn’t been quite up to form as she lost to Kuznetsova in Sydney’s second round.  Israel’s Peer would probably face the victor. Zvonareva lost to Flavia Pennetta — also of this bracket — early in Sydney. Zvonareva should, however, shake off the loss to make a run to the quarterfinals.

Ones-to-Watch: American Melanie Oudin might make a move in her section of the draw, where she’d face Zvonareva in a potential third round match. There’s also Maria Kirilenko (no. 22) and Anna Chakvetadze.

Bottom Line: It looks like Zvonareva and Stosur get through to the quarterfinals, but not without some strong tests from a number of good competition.

In the Quarterfinals: With the above predictions, the quarterfinals will showcase Wozniacki against Henin; Venus against Li; (potentially) Jankovic against Clijsters; and Stosur versus Zvonareva.

In the Semifinals: Watch for Henin to face Venus and Clijsters against Zvonareva in the final four.


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  1. MK DAMODARAN,numerologist said,

    According to Daily Telegraph:”Though Roger Federer, the man who is not supposed to perspire, felt as though he was sweating bullets on a broiling afternoon at the Australian Open, he still defeated Spain’s Tommy Robredo in four sets to put himself level with Jimmy Connors on a record 27 successive grand slam quarter-finals…. “.Roger Fderer is now aiming his 17th Grand slam.The Australian open began on 17th.Number 17 adds up to 8.Roger Federer has been immensely influenced by 8.
    On 2009-07-06 I wrote as follows:-
    “Roger Federer was 27 years and 332 days old as on July 5.The numbers are strongly significant.Because,they finally adds up to 8(27+332=359,3+5+9=17,1+7=8).
    Also,he won the 5-set Wimbledon final.
    He has now become the greatest tennis champion by overtaking Pete Sampras.
    Federer won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon medal on July 8,2008Victory of Federer can be numerologically analysed. The analysis is made on the basis of three points:- 1)Influence of number 8 in the life of Roger Federer. 2)Influence of number 5 in his life. 3)The numerological phenomena of repitition of history To begin with let us examine the influence of number 8.Roger Federer was born on August 8,1981.The birth date is 8.Besides, the month-August- is the 8th one from January.Also,addition of the date,month and year gives 35,which adds upto 8((8+8+1+9+8+1=35.Further adding,3+5=8). Federer is reported to have begun playing tennis at the age of 8.He is the first player to earn $8 million in prize money in one season.On February 26, 2007 Federer moved past Jimmy Connors’s 30-year-old mark and began an unprecedented 161st consecutive week on top of the men’s rankings to eclipse Jimmy Connors.Interestingly,numbers 26 and 161 represent 8(2+6=8 and 1+6+1=8). Secondly,we can see the influence of number 5 on Federer.This influence is attributed to his name.Numerologically,his name number is 50 which adds upto 5(5+0=5).Name number is arrived at by adding together the occult numbers all the letters of the name,as shown below:- r+o+g+e+r+f+e+d+e+r+e+r =2+7+3+5+2+8+5+4+5+2+5+2 =50(5+0=5) Federer etched his name into wimbledon’s roll of honour in 2003 by becoming the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles crown.Note that 2003 adds upto 5(2+0+0+3=5).Also,in the year 2003 ,he was named player of the year. Thirdly ,we have to consider the theory of the repitition of numbers.While analysing events that occurred at an interval of 9 years or multiples like 18 ,27,36,it is possible to deduce that the most dramatic events happened at these times.The theory of dramatic events within a period of 9 years-or multiple of 9,such as 18,27,36 etc may also be taken into account. Bjorn Borg was Wimbledon champion in 1976,1977,1978,1979 and 1980.So,in 2007-that is ,after 27 years- Federer equalled Bjorn Borg’s record of five successive wimbledon crown.
    At the age of 26(2+6=8) he was named champion of champions by the aclaimed L’Equipe news paper for the third year.
    Interestingly,the occult number of Pete Sampras is 8.
    Most interestingly,Pete Sampras and Roger Federer was born in the month of August”.Since number 8 is strongly lucky for Federer,it is hoped that he will win the Australian Open-his 17th Grand Slam-that began on 17th of this month.

  2. C. said,

    I’ve seen every game of the new # 1: Miss Wozniaki, and is not the beast, as you draw publicity, she is also head in the clouds (in love), soon there will be a marriage, and yesterday nearly lost to Schiavone Italy’s best player, who played a game more than 4 hours the day before and was not at his best.

    Who will be the true beast in women?

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