Monday, June 29, 2009

Wimbledon: Women's Second Week Preview

Dinara Safina [1] vs. Amelie Mauresmo [17]
Caroline Wozniacki [9] vs. Sabine Lisicki
Venus Williams [3] vs. Ana Ivanovic [13]
Agnieszka Radwanska [11] vs. Melanie Oudin

Virginie Razzano [26] vs. Francesca Schiavone
Elena Dementieva [4] vs. Elena Vesnina
Victoria Azarenka [8] vs. Nadia Petrova [10]
Serena Williams [2] vs. Daniela Hantuchova

Going into the second week, all eyes are on the Williams sisters who were and still are the favorites to meet in the finals. The defending champion Venus will have to get through Ana Ivanovic while her sister Serena will meet up with Daniela Hantuchova as a rematch of their infamous match two years ago with Serena cramping on court.

Number one seed Dinara Safina has done well to reach this far, but this is admittedly her least favorite surface. She has to get through former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo if she wants to claim that maiden Slam title.

It'll be interesting to see how the battle of the Elenas turn out, but what will be more interesting to watch is how far Melanie Oudin can continue her Cinderella run at Wimbledon. Even if she is defeated by Agnieska Radwanska, it would have been a terrific tournament for her.

Prediction: I'm still betting on an all-Williams final, but their semifinal opponents which I initially predicted (Kuznetsova and Zvonareva) are out of the tournament. So instead I expect Venus to face Mauresmo while Dementieva will try to go up against Serena.

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