WTA Week Ahead: Indian Wells
Posted by gauloises1 on March 10, 2010
Top 8 seeds: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic, Na Li, Samantha Stosur
Quarter #1: Well, hello there, no. 1 seed Sveta. Her eighth isn’t bad with the exception of Kim Clijsters, her probable fourth round opponent unless Alisa Kleybanova can pull off the upset there (I kind of feel it. But I’m pretty drunk.) The bottom eighth is more finely balanced, with Peer and Cibulkova flanked by JJ and Flavia. Domi’s form is wildly erratic, Peer may or may not be in a fit state to build on her stellar beginning to the year, I feel like Flavia never plays well in Indian Wells, and JJ is … JJ. So. Predicted semifinalist: Kleybanova. She just won her first title and it could happen.
Quarter #2: This is Victoria Azarenka’s last chance to pick up points before she has to face defending her Miami title, and she has a perfectly nice draw, not that that’s ever stood between Vika and a WTF? loss. Martinez-Sanchez can be very tricky, but otherwise she shouldn’t have much trouble with whoever comes out of that little Hantuchova-Oudin-Safarova-Wicky section. Defending champion Vera Zvonareva’s eighth is a bit more of a question mark with a lot of big talents prone to sucking and failing, but if Ana Ivanovic can rediscover some form or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova keep hers going (both did well here last year) she could be in trouble. Predicted semifinalist: Victoria Azarenka. I believe.
Quarter #3: Well, Elena Dementieva will be in the quarterfinals unless Aravane Rezai does something exceptional and unexpected. Agnieszka Radwanska I don’t see getting very far in the top eighth, as she might have to deal with a few ladies who can hit her off the court – Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli – two who on their day can outcraft her, Gisela Dulko and Anna Chakvetadze, and oh yeah, that Justine Henin person. I see a Justine-Demmy quarterfinal. Predicted semifinalist: Justine Henin
Quarter #4: If Li Na is even a bit healthy, she has a very nice draw, as does Maria Sharapova unless Zheng Jie, Sorana Cirstea or even Jelena Dokic can find some wholly unexpected form, so look for the two to meet in the round of sixteen. Caroline Wozniacki, meanwhile has avoided any of the big hitters who usually trouble her and should be solid to the quarterfinals unless Nadia Petrova has a really good day. I’d love to see a Sharapova-Wozniacki quarterfinal, wouldn’t you? Predicted semifinalist: Caroline Wozniacki
Semifinals: Azarenka d. Kleybanova; Henin d. Wozniacki
Final: Henin d. Azarenka
What do you think?