My 2010 Wimbledon Predictions! June 22, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Television, tennis.
Tags: Andy Roddick, ESPN, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Sports, tennis, Wimbledon
Hey y’all! I can NOT believe that Wimbledon has already started! I feel like I was just at the U.S. Open the other day!
This post is coming hot off the heels of Roger Federer’s near-death defeat today at the hands of Alejandro Falla. Not sure how Falla didn’t pull that one off. Either way, here are my predictions that I’ve made after looking at the draw (before Roger played today).
5 Roddick vs. 2 Nadal
Champion: 2 Nadal
1 S. Williams vs. 2 V. Williams
Champion: 1 S. Williams
I’m wondering when the door is going to start closing for the Williams sisters when it comes to Wimbledon, but frankly, they are still major threats, and with Serena winning in Australia already this year, it would be stupid to bet against her. The only other person I could see making a run is Justine Henin, since this tournament is the whole reason she came out of retirement anyway.
After watching Roger today, I dare say I don’t see him getting as far as I thought. I had Roddick beating him in the semis, but I guess that will remain to be seen. Both men are somewhat iffy right now, so let’s hope they get to that round and make it a repeat of last year’s final.
I’ll be back after this fortnight with the results!
Click here for last year’s predictions. (Which I got 75% right!)
(PS I totally called Serena vs. Maria Sharapova back in 2004 before Maria had ever won a major, or was THAT talked about. I had Serena beating her, but I called it nonetheless!)
Serena Williams Wins 2 Grand Slam Titles In One Day! July 4, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Uncategorized.
Tags: Andy Roddick, Australian Open, Dinara Safina, Grand Slam, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, tennis, Venus Williams, Wimbledon, WTA Tour
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Earlier today at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England, Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams to win her 3rd Wimbledon Singles Title, 11th Grand Slam Singles Title, and then partnered with Venus to win the Ladies’ Doubles title as well! How many people can say they won 2 Grand Slam titles in one day?
It was a similar scenario this year at the Australian Open back in January when Serena beat Dinara Safina for the singles title, and later partnered with Venus to win the Womens’ Doubles title. Last year Venus beat Serena for her 5th Wimbledon crown, and again went on to pair with her sister to win the Ladies’ Doubles title in 2008. Later that summer, the two would pair to win the Olympic gold medal in Womens’ Doubles as well.
Despite the fact that Serena Williams now holds 3 of the 4 yearly Grand Slam titles, she is still not the No.1 player in the world. Somehow the world No.1 ranking goes to Dinara Safina who was blasted off the court by Venus Williams in the semifinals 6-1, 6-0, and has never won a Grand Slam title. The WTA’s quantity over quality reflection of the rankings is a sad moment in professional sports when 1 person holds 3 of the 4 slams.
I hate to toot my own horn here, but I totally called this two weeks ago, right here on this very blog! Scroll down or click here to see my predictions from a few weeks ago. I also got 3/4 men’s semifinals, and the final right. I will find out tomorrow if (6) Andy Roddick beats the 5 time Wimbledon champion (2) Roger Federer. It’s a huge mountain to climb, but something is telling me this is Roddick’s chance.
Congratulations to Serena AND Venus for making tennis history today!
My Wimbledon 2009 Predictions June 22, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Andy Roddick, England, London, Novak Djokovic, predictions, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Sports, tennis, Venus Williams, Wimbledon, Wimbledon predictions
Every year my summer is consumed by the French Open and Wimbledon. And every grand slam of the year, I fill out a bracket (as most do with March Madness) to determine who I think will win each slam. Back in 2004 when Maria Sharapova was just an up and coming, I pitted her against Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, even when Sharapova was the No.13 seed. That was unheard of, but it came true! I had Serena winning, but Maria won convincingly to become the lowest seeded player to ever win Wimbledon. That stat was changed the very next year when Venus Williams was seeded No.14 and won.
I’ve filled out the entire draw sheet based on what I think will happen. I will update later with how many of the first round matches I got right (and the percentage) in hopes of keeping a record here on my blog for those of you who are tennis fans. I’ll say that I know the women’s game better and predict that my percentage of correct guesses will be much higher in that bracket. We’ll see!
So after a few tough decisions, a lot of consideration, and a lot of time and paper wasted, here are my predictions for the semifinals, finals, and champions of both the men and the women’s draws for the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
Semifinal 1: (6) Roddick vs. (3) Murray
Semifinal 2: (4) Djokovic vs. (2) Federer
Final: (6) Roddick vs. (4) Djokovic
Champion: (6) Andy Roddick
Semifinal 1: (5) Kuznetsova vs. (3) V. Williams
Semifinal 2: (12) Bartoli vs. (2) S. Williams
Final: (3) V. Williams vs. (2) S. Williams (repeat of 02, 03, and 08 finals)
Champion: (2) Serena Williams
Even With Oversize Racquet Roddick Still Sucks March 4, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John, Political, Sports, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: America, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, tennis, U.S. Open., USTA
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I have never been a fan of Andy Roddick, except when he actually won the 2003 U.S. Open. When I saw him fall to the ground and then hug his trophy, it reminded me of the mental image and dreams that I have about winning majors.
However, since then he’s just been a whiney “crank-ass” as my Mom would say. All he does is complain complain complain.
Here he is playing with an oversize racquet and ball, and I would say there’s a pretty good chance he lost that match too.
Don’t get me wrong, I know Roddick is basically our only hope of America winning another slam at the moment, but his attitude is just really annoying. Do you think he’ll win a major this year? Yeah if the top 5 players in the world all get sick at the same time, and he gets to play with that oversize racquet.
Actually, no, not even then.