French Open Womens Draw Analysis

Unlike the mens draw, the womens seem more unpredictable. There always seems to be a surprise in each grand slam.

Stosur and Schiavone return one year later after their grand slam breakthroughs, can they match the result they achieved last year? Wozniacki comes in as number one but still without a grand slam. Sharapova comes back with a win in Rome, can she bring home her first grand slam since her injury. Clijsters returns to Roland Garros since 2006 but this time with an injury. There’s many stories to be told in the womens draw so lets predict who will win this years french open.

Quarter 1: Wozniacki

Wozniacki faces a possibly difficult opener against Kimiko Date Krumm. Her biggest threats to the quarter final are Daniela Hantuchova, Aravane Rezai and 2009 french open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wozniacki Vs Kuznetsova can go either way, but really depends on how Kuznetsova is on the day. Samantha Stosur is on the other half of the quarters with some great players in her section. However none of them seem to be good enough to challenge Sam to the quarters.

Prediction: Kuznetsova Vs Stosur

Quarter 2: Zvonareva

Zvonareva has been a surprise package in the past year reaching great results in the last three grand slams. She faces a tough match against Sabine Lisicki in the second round and Nadia Petrova in the third. Despite this, Zvonareva seems to be a shoe in for the quarters, provided she plays well. The bottom section contains last years champion Francesca Schiavone. There doesn’t seem to be much players that will be able to challenge her until the fourth round when she could either meet Flavia Pennetta or Jelena Jankovic. This could go either way but I still believe Schiavones fight will bring her through.

Prediction: Zvonareva Vs Schiavone

Quarter 3: Azarenka

Azarenka comes into this tournament in great form and with her highest ranking. Her challenge will come in the fourth round where she could possibly be matched up against 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic. Ivanovic seems to be getting her game back in the past year and even though she faces Makarova (who knocked her out of Australian Open) in the second round, i’m sure she’ll do well in Roland Garros. The top section features Chinas best hope Li Na. The draw wasn’t friendly to her this tournament as she faces Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the first round. Also Patty Schnyder, Dominika Cibulkova and Petra Kvitova are all in her section of the draw which is unfortunate. Li Na has a mountain to climb on her way to the quarters.

Prediction: Azarenka Vs Li Na

Quarter 4: Clijsters

Clijsters comes in this years tournament returning from injury and it could hold her back in this years tournament. Her section contains players such as Andrea Petkovic, Jarmila Gajdosova, Virginie Razzano and Maria Kirilenko. If Clijsters plays well, she will surely go through the quarters. In the other half contains Maria Sharapova. Sharapova comes into this years french open in the best form since her return from injury. Her toughest competition on the way to the quarters are Yanina Wickmayer and Agnieszka Radwanska. If Sharapova continues her dominant and aggressive style, she’ll be unstoppable.

Prediction: Clijsters Vs Sharapova

Quarter Finals:

(Winner in bold)

Kuznetsova Vs Stosur

Zvonareva Vs Schiavone

Azarenka Vs Li Na

Clijsters Vs Sharapova

Semi Finals:

Stosur Vs Schiavone

Azarenka Vs Sharapova

Final:

Schiavone Vs Azarenka


French Open Mens Draw Analysis

It’s that time of year again, the only grand slam which plays on clay, we’ve always seen interesting results on this surface. This tournament seems to be where the Europeans shine.

The ATP tour this year has been totally dominated by Novak Djokovic who is coming into the tournament with a 100% success rate in the 2011 season. Despite this, Rafael Nadal is coming into this years french open as the defending champion having only lost once in this tournament. He’s regarded by many as the king of clay. These two seem to be the biggest contenders for the championship. However, we’ll go over the draw to predict the possible results of this years french open.

Quarter 1: Nadal

Nadal will start off with an interesting first round match-up against John Isner. He should however be able to defeat the American despite the big serve. Nadal also awaits a potential thriller against Nickolay Davydenko in the third round and a possible match up with former world number 3 Ivan Ljubicic or Fernando Verdasco. Rafa awaits a tough road on the way to victory, but we do expect him to sail comfortably to the quarter final. Having Soderling in his quarter doesn’t help Nadal either. Soderling is the only man to have beaten Nadal at the french open and is a two time runner up. His first challenge is likely to be against Marcos Baghdatis in the third round. He could also face a fourth round match up against in-form Mardy Fish and french man Gilles Simon. I think if Soderling does end up in the quarters against Nadal, it’ll be a memorable match.

Prediction: Nadal Vs Simon

Quarter 2: Murray

Andy Murray has had a rollercoaster season after becoming a grand slam finalist at the Australian open and then struggling to win matches afterwards. As always, the scots confidence and ability has come under fire as well as the overwhelming pressure for him to be the first British man to win a grand slam since Fred Perry. Murray doesn’t appear to have any major threats till the quarter. Rising star Alexandr Dolgopolov and Serbian tennis player Victor Troicki seem to be the only ones that will give him a run for his money. I do expect Murray to comfortably sail into the quarters. In the bottom half of this quarter we have Jurgen Melzer, Nicolas Almagro and Florian Mayer. This half doesn’t seem to threatning so i’m expecting a surprise to come from this part of the draw. For me, it could be rising star Bernard Tomic. However i doubt Tomic will be able to make the quarters.
Prediction: Murray V Melzer

Quarter 3: Federer

It’s pretty odd seeing Federer as number 3 in the world. I remember all those weeks he spent as number one! Sadly, i have doubts whether he can get back there. Federer opens with a tough first round against Feliciano Lopez. Janko Tipsarevic lurks in as possible 3rd round opponent. His biggest challenge will come at the fourth round where he’ll either face compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka or crows favourite Jo Wilfred Tsonga. This section can go either way, but my money is on Federer for this one. On the top half we have David Ferrer with some tough matches ahead. He faces Benneteau in the second and Nishikori or Stakhovsky in the third. It doesn’t get any easier with Phillip Petzschner and Gael Monfils a likely match up in the fourth.

Prediction: Federer Vs Monfils

Quarter 4: Djokovic

To maintain his 100% record this season, Djokovic will have to overcome some tough opponents. The 3rd round is likely to be Ivo Karlovic or Juan Martin Del Potro, both versing each other in the first round. It doesn’t get any easier with french man Richard Gasquet as a potential 4th round opponent. It doesn’t get any easier for Tomas Berdych either who has Mikhail Youzhny and veteran Tommy Haas to face on his route to the final. I think this along with the first quarter are the ones to watch.

Prediction: Haas Vs Djokovic

Semi Predictions:

Nadal Vs Simon

Nadal

Simply because Nadal is too good.

Murray Vs Melzer

Melzer

Really unpredictable quarter, but i don’t think Murray will make it as far this year and he could surprisingly go down before the quarters.

Federer Vs Monfils

Federer

This could go either way, but Federers fight will withstand Monfils pure awesomeness on court.

Djokovic Vs Haas

Djokovic

A really unpredictable quarter. I chose Djokovic for his form. However it could easily be Del Potro in the end.

Semi Finals:

Nadal Vs Melzer

Nadal

It’s Nadal.

Federer Vs Djokovic

Djokovic

They meet once again! Though I predict Djokovic based on his form.

Final

Djokovic Vs Nadal

I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t end up as these two in the end. My final pick in the end will be Djokovic.

Thank you for reading my predictions on the mens draw. I’ll be up with the womens predicitions later today.

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