dimanche 1 janvier 2012

Brisbane International : Main Draw and Predictions

Here it is ! Sorry for the delay but it is the end of the year, so you know, u gotta shop, meet friends, family and so on. But I'm back and I'm here talk to you about Brisbane's Main Draw and predictions about it. I love making predictions you know it, but first, let's take a look at the Main Draw featuring Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic and many others.

(1/AUS)Stosur v Yakimova
Benesova V Safarova
Ivanovic v Paszek
Halep v (5/BEL)Clijsters

(4/USA)Williams v Scheepers
(WC/AUS)Dellacqua v Jovanovski
Q v Czink
Hantuchova v (8/SVK)Cibulkova

(6/SRB)Jankovic v Suarez Navarro
Zakopalova v Q
Voskoboeva v Q
Pervak v (3/ITA)Schiavone

(7/RUS)Pavlyuchenkova v Hercog
Q v Kanepi
(wc)Rogowska v Zahlavova Strycova
Peer v (2/GER)Petkovic

Intersting First Rounds Match-Ups

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) vs. Tamira Pazsek (AUS)
Tough first round to deal with for Ana Ivanovic, the Bali Masters winner. Those two girls are among the most talented of their generations but got to deal with different issues. But, while Ivanovic won Bali, Paszek managed to reach quarter-finals at Wimbledon, beating Fransesca Schiavone on her way. The match could go either way, depending on how those two ladies will show up and who will take advantage. Ana will have to direct the rallies on the forehand side while Tamira will try to set on her backhand. Advantage to the one who will make the other run. Since Ana seems fitter, I guess she shoud prevail. 
Predictions : Ana Ivanovic in two sets

Shahar Peer (ISR) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER/2)
Intersting first round for both girls. Andrea played a good tennis in 2011 in order to reach the tenth spot at rankings while Shahar had to struggle at little bit, but we know what she is able to do. So, it will be interesting to see how much Shahar will challenge Andrea in the beginning of the year, and, if, this year she is going to play that tennis that lead her in 2010, almost to the top 10. If they both play well, we could really watch an entretaining match ! 
Predictions : Andrea Petkovic in three sets

Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2/6 7/5 7/5
In the czech battle, Benesova prevailed not because of her talent or her outstanding tennis, but just because she's been way more consistant than her compatriot Lucie Safarova, who, after playing a clean first set, began comitting more and more erros. Credit to Benesova for making her play one more shot again and again. Tough second round against, probably Samantha Stosur who will try to shine in front of home crowd. 

Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 6/1 6/4 
Successful comeback for the belgian player who, right after the Australian swing in 2011 had to struggle with injuries, withdrawing from both Wimbledon and US Open. She played a quite clean match against the talented roumanian who couldn't handle Kim's power and will to play, and to play well in front of the Aussie crowd, who always loved her from her love affair with Leyton Hewitt. She's gonna face either Ana Ivanovic or Tamira Pazsek, tough round to go for her but if she keeps playing this way, she could prevail. 

(SRB) Bojana Jovanovski d. (AUS) Casey Dellacqua 6/4 6/2
This was Casey's big come back on a WTA event after lot of success on the ITF tour. Unfortunately, she had to face a Strong Bojana today who did not give her a single chance to set up her game correctly and was on fire. Credit to the Serbian for playing that good against an Aussie ... In Australia ! Next round will be tough as she'll probably face Serena Williams who will give her much more troubles.

(SVK) Daniela Hantuchova d. (SVK) Dominika Cibulkova 3/6 6/4 6/3 
Daniela Hantuchova won this first round who was one of the most exciting out there. Beating Dominika is never easy as she's one of the steadiest and solidest player on the tour. Somehow, Hantuchova prevailed playing solid and smooth tennis. Her groundies were totally awesome and after a routine first set, she leveled this up to take the match. Credit to her for being mentally ready for the battle and pulling out the win. Next round will be against either Czink or a qualifier and she should prevail if she keeps playing this way.

(ITA) Fransesca Schiavone d. (KAZ) Ksenia Pervak 4/4 w.o
There was no match as Ksenia retired but here is the result ! 

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