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Tennis Australian Open 2018

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Gianlu33    789

Travaglia in on fire :banana: C'mon Steto!

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toulousain    12

5 French players out of 8 won their first round, not so bad.

 

Bourgue, Halys, Sakharov, Robert and Hemery in.

Mahut, de Schepper and Millot out.

 

We can also point out the victory of Darian King :BAR

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stefanbg    83

Oh no no no, Rublev vs Dimitrov in R3 and then the winner against Kyrgios. Not a good draw for Grisho at all :(

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LDOG    481

So,let's see...

 

Section 1 - Nadal vs no one

Section 2 - Cilic should walk this

Section 3 - Dimitrov/Rublev vs Kyrgios/Shapovalov/Tsonga in R 16, the toughest section

Section 4 - The weakest section, Sock or Anderson should be winners...

Section 5 - Thiem, Wawrinka and nothing else. Think Thiem will take this one seeing Wawrinka is not fit.

Section 6 - Should be Djokovic - A. Zverev in R16 but I wouldn't be surprised if Zverev loses before.

Section 7 - Goffin vs Del Potro, but delpo will have to be careful in his 1st round match vs Tiafoe.

Section 8 - Federer vs Raonic/Querrey

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Quasit    135

So why exactly did Bedene compete for GB only to switch back to Slovenia? :lol:

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thepharoah    240
22 minutes ago, Quasit said:

So why exactly did Bedene compete for GB only to switch back to Slovenia? :lol:

 

maybe money ? 

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dareza    538
27 minutes ago, Quasit said:

So why exactly did Bedene compete for GB only to switch back to Slovenia? :lol:

 

He represented Slovenia when he turned pro in 2008. On 31 March 2015, Bedene was granted UK citizenship and represented Great Britain, but the International Tennis Federation has rejected his application to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup as he had previously played three dead rubbers for Slovenia  .After his appeals failed, Bedene switched his nationality back to Slovenia for the 2018 season.

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thepharoah    240

Nadal once again got the easiest Possible draw , Federer's path to Quarters doesn't look so hard on paper , but Raonic or Querry can be very dangerous on a good day , in Quarters he's 2 players defeated him in 2 major tournaments at the end of last season , so i think it's time for revenge :fingers: , Nole has Monfils in 2nd Rd and he always struggle in early rounds , so it'd no be that easy ofc. , but if he can qualify to 4th Rd wouldn't be that hard to defeat Zverev who could be eliminated earlier , just hope for a non-injury tournament :fingers:

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thepharoah    240

and now let's talk about the other side which looks very compatible, entertaining and not predicted women's side :d :- 

 

  1. Halep won't have easy time before quarters , she's Kvitova in 3rd Rd and some good players in the end half of that section who can be dangerous in a good day , we've a very promising match in 1st round already in that section between Barty and Sabalenka 

2. karolina Pliskova should be clear favorite in that section , the biggest challengs will be from Konta who's not delivering good results since Wimbeldon , but she's done very good results last 2 years here , so some could bet on her ofc. 

 

3. very promising section with some very good players who can go much far : Muguruza , Kerber , Radwanska , Sharapova , Sevatsova , very promising early clash between Sevatsova and Sharapova , the winner should meet Kerber and in the other half we have Muguruza vs. Radwanska . IMO Kerber or Sharapova would be the ones who make it to quarters :mumble:

 

4. Garcia or keys , but Sasnovic and Baroni could be also dangerous oponents , Mladenovic despite being the 11th seed but it's very possible that she be eliminated from 1st Rd  , I'd put my money here on Garcia 

 

5. Venus Williams should be a clear favorite in this section , but her 1st opponent could be some how dangerous which's Bencic , we should have a matche between Venus vs. Gorges in 4th Rd 

 

6. not a hard draw for Sivotlina , but somehow tricky with some good players that can win in a good day like Siniakova and Peng , she shouldn't have much danger from the other half , as long as Stephens isn't fit after US open victory 

 

7. Coco Vandeweghe should be the one to qualify to Quarters here , but she'd have some hard times here , Stosur , Cibulkova and ofc. Ostapenko my favorite :hearts: , but she didn't have good times since Wimbeldon :( , but always many things can happen in Women's side 

 

8. Wozniacki has the easiest possible draw here , whether Bertens or Pavlyuchenkova shouldn't challenge her much , but u can't guarantee any things always for Caro 

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Wanderer    550
2 hours ago, LDOG said:

So,let's see...

 

Section 1 - Nadal vs no one

Section 2 - Cilic should walk this

Section 3 - Dimitrov/Rublev vs Kyrgios/Shapovalov/Tsonga in R 16, the toughest section

Section 4 - The weakest section, Sock or Anderson should be winners...

Section 5 - Thiem, Wawrinka and nothing else. Think Thiem will take this one seeing Wawrinka is not fit.

Section 6 - Should be Djokovic - A. Zverev in R16 but I wouldn't be surprised if Zverev loses before.

Section 7 - Goffin vs Del Potro, but delpo will have to be careful in his 1st round match vs Tiafoe.

Section 8 - Federer vs Raonic/Querrey

 

I wouldn't be so sure about Cilic, there is Simon floating around in R4

 

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heywoodu    2,711
2 hours ago, LDOG said:

 

Section 8 - Haase vs Federer/Raonic/Querrey

Fixed that for you 

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Wanderer    550

Match of the first round: Maria vs Sharapova :d 

 

Now, my view of the women's draw:

 

Section 1:

A strong one. Halep-Kvitova in R3 breaks my heart. I am afraid Simona will be too much for Petra at this moment. Intriguing match between Barty and Sabalenka. Sabalenka has such raw power and on a good day can beat almost any top player. Barty is very skillful player and should find a key to neutralize Sabalenka's power and make her move, for the later being pretty bad in defense. The key in this match is Barty's mentality and ability not to break under the pressure being a favourite and at home. Giorgi this weak is on fire and if she keeps her momentum (which I doubt) can make some damage and reach R4. There are also other two of my favourite players :cry: But both Osaka and Jabeur have been bad so far and I don't expect either of them in R3.

All in all - Halep should come through as a quarterfinalist from this section.

 

Section 2:

This section is also interesting one. Still not sure how much Konta is injured, but things don't look promising. Should be able to reach R3 but there is crafty Strycova. Safarova showed some good tennis in her match against Angelique in Sydney, so R3 for her is expected where she should be encountering another seeded Czech, Pliškova. Karolina struggled against Cepede last year at the French Open, but on hard, I expect her to be convincing. Haddad Maia (I like her!) has a rematch with Cabrera but should be able t beat her again and is definitely capable to put a big fight against Pliškova.

My pick is definitely Pliškova as most likely quarterfinalist from this section. Safarova and Strycova being serious tests.

 

Section 3:

Muguruza must reach R4 with her draw! But the bottom half of the section! :yikes: Kerber showing great form in Perth and Sydney so far, almost 2016 GS level,  with new coach, improved serve, bh, being more aggressive and sort of a first-strike player, is something very good to see on WTA these days! She'll probably overcome Friedsam and Vekic and then comes R3 against either Sharapova or Sevastova. The Latvian does have beautiful game but somehow her emotional meltdowns seem to be rather a disadvantage. She can beat Sharapova again who still cannot find her form. If Kerber does not overplay and peak too soon in Sydney during this week, I can totally see her in R4.

Potential quarterfinalist.... in this order: Kerber>Sevastova>Muguruza>Sharapova

 

Section 4:

We all already saw Mladenovic breaking her losing streak in Sydney... Anyway, Bogdan is not that easy to beat, so I expect another dramatic match from Kiki and let's hope this is the end of her agony. Putintseva-Watson is no betting zone match definitely :d Keys should make R4. 

Lucic-Baroni is still bothered with injury and her form is questionable. Rogers is a tricky player and we can see last year semifinalist going out in R1. Sasnovich played beautiful tennis in Brisbane. And if she is able to repeat it, R3 here we come. My fave, Vondroušova, had bad second half of 2017 and played quite poorly (except in that match against Kuznetsova at USO). What bothers me around her is her attitude sometimes. I hope she can be motivated enough cause she has very winnable opening round and I'd like to see her pumped up against transformed Garcia. Garcia's form is unknown quantity and I hope her back is okay now (the reason she withdrew from Brisbane). If she's healthy, ball-bashing delight in R4 is upon us. 

Most likely quarterfinalists: Keys>Garcia.

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