Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Will All Be Well in Indian Wells?

So, at least we now know what it takes to get to gauge Caroline Wozniacki's bedside manner first-hand. Seems a pretty heavy price, don't you think?

1999 Serena Williams d. Steffi Graf
2000 Lindsay Davenport d. Martina Hingis
2001 Serena Williams d. Kim Clijsters
2002 Daniela Hantuchova d. Martina Hingis
2003 Kim Clijsters d. Lindsay Davenport
2004 Justine Henin-Hardenne d. Lindsay Davenport
2005 Kim Clijsters d. Lindsay Davenport
2006 Maria Sharapova d. Elena Dementieva
2007 Daniela Hantuchova d. Svetlana Kuznetsova
2008 Ana Ivanovic d. Svetlana Kuznetsova
2009 Vera Zvonareva d. Ana Ivanovic
2010 Jelena Jankovic d. Caroline Wozniacki

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA USA (Premier 9 $4.5m/hardcourt outdoors)
10 Final: Jankovic d. Wozniacki
10 Doubles: Peschke/Srebotnik
11 Top Seeds: Wozniacki/Clijsters

=Round of 16=
#1 Wozniacki d. #13 Pennetta
#8 Azarenka d. Chakvetadze
#4 Stosur d. #16 Sharapova
#11 Kuznetsova d. #7 Li
Mattek-Sands d. #5 Schiavone
#3 Zvonareva d. #23 Wickmayer
#12 Kvitova d. #6 Jankovic
#2 Clijsters d. #21 Petkovic
#1 Wozniacki d. #8 Azarenka
#4 Stosur d. #11 Kuznetsova
#3 Zvonareva d. Mattek-Sands
#2 Clijsters d. #12 Kvitova
#1 Wozniacki d. #4 Stosur
#2 Clijsters d. #3 Zvonareva
#2 Clijsters d. #1 Wozniacki

...yeah, yeah. Chalk semifinals with all four top seeds. But nothing else has been working the last month, so why not? In the sort of poke in the eye that I always managed to avoid in the past, correctly picking Clijsters in Melbourne and had a bad aftertaste when it's coming to picking any event ever since. I haven't sniffed a win since, going 0-for-9 (ten, if you count the junior AO pick). Not that I haven't come close, three times since Oz my pick has reached the final, only to lose. It's happened five times already in '11 -- twice when I went with Clijsters. Somewhere, the Tennis Gods are chuckling to themselves. But, undaunted, I will step into the Clijsters fun house once more in Indian Wells... just to show them that I they can't scare me that easily.

Translation: Caroline's probably going to win, or maybe Petra, or Vera, or Sam. Unless, of course, it's...

All for now.


Blogger Hoergren said...

First she (Caro) visited Serena now Caroline has signed for Charleston -which was NOT in her plan, to be a "SUBSTITUTE" for Serena Williams - what do people mean by that? Is it what I think that the sponser pay 2-300.000$ to get her name on the playing list? Do you know about arrangements like this. Ok I'm not naive I know they pay the big names but it's the first time I've seen the word substitute used - how normal is this - and what fees are we talking about? And again it's a JOKE that there is NO TV from first round in IW and only from ONE court - it's not a proper way to promote tennis. Why do they not use small cameras to stream without a reporter so people can watch tennis instead of reading boring statistics? Ahhhh air came in :-)

Sat Mar 12, 01:20:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd Spiker said...

It's probably because some tournaments are assured of having a certain number of Top 10/20 players, and when one isn't able to be there I suspect the tour is obligated to replace/substitute an equivalent player for her in order to meet that total (or else possibly give back a portion of the tournament's rights fees).

Mon Mar 14, 03:02:00 PM EDT  

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