The dummies version is: Serena v. Ivanovic and Maria v. Venus in the semis, but there are enough spoilers in the mix (Jelena, Safina, Radwanska and yes, even Bartoli!) to make for some interesting matches.
Ana shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to the fourth round, with a possible cupcake match up for the boys against Dominika Cibulkova in the third round. Possible fourth rounds include clay court expert Francesca Schiavone or the young Hungarian Agnes Szavay.
ANA’s 4th ROUND: I think Szavay could give Ana I. a tight set or two
Ana Chakvetadze is the high seed in the bottom half of Ivanovic’s Quarter. She could face a few interesting opponents in the fourth round, including Eastbourne semi-finalist Sam Stosur, Nicole Vaidisova (if she gets her game together) or artiste Patty Schnyder (who faces Aussie Open sensation Casey Dellacqua in a tricky first round.)
THE OTHER ANA’s 4th ROUND: Sam Stosur is my Wimby dark horse. Go Sam!
SERENA’s QUARTER (I’m dissing Kuznetsova a la Kolya in the men’s draw)
Serena faces French Open quarter finalist Kaia Kanepi in the first found and possibly Aggie Radwanska’s wildcard sister, Urszula, in the second. Amelie Mauresmo could be her third round opponent, and I hopethat happens, for Amelie’s sake.
SERENA’s 4th ROUND: Marion Bartoli, assuming the French woman can get past Maria Kirilenko.
Kuznetsova has a tricky little section, considering her testy form going into the tournament. She could have a Bondarenko sister in both the second and third rounds and any number of competitive fourth rounds against wily competitors like French spit fire Alize Cornet, always tough Na Li or Eastbourne champ Aggie Radwanska.
KUZY’s 4th ROUND: Careful, Kuzy – Radwanska’s looking to win the whole thing.
Maria doesn’t have anything to worry about until the fourth round, where she could be mildly troubled by Nadia Petrova or Victoria Azarenka
MARIA’s 4th ROUND: Eastbourne finalist Nadia Petrova will bring the Russian-on-Russian drama, but will she bring her best game?
The top half of Maria’s Quarter is more interesting, with Elena Dementieva, Lindsay Davenport, Shahar Peer, Lucie Safarova and Wimby darkhorse Dinara Safina all looking to make their mark.
4th ROUND: I’m looking forward to Elena and Safina in a rematch of their Roland Garros quarterfinal. Can Elena redeem herself after she choked that match away?
VENUS’s QUARTER (sorry, Jelena!)
No offense to Dani Hantuchova (welcome back, Dani!), Vania King, Sania Mirza or Flavia Pennetta, but I don’t see any trouble for Venus whatsoever.
VENUS’s 4th ROUND: I’m not even going to pick it because it’s going to be a blowout.
Jelena is the higher seeded player in the other half of Venus’s Quarter, and I think she’ll have it a little tougher, at least in the fourth round.
JELENA’s 4th ROUND: A semi-resurgent Vera Zvonareva could give Jelena something to worry about.