Henin, Sharapova Face Serbian Challenge at French Open
Time for a little pre-work update on the tennis from Roland Garros. Today’s two women’s semis are a toss up. Both Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova are the slight favorites, but their Serbian opponents, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, can each steal a win. Could they both do it and set up an all-Serb final? I don’t see that happening, but i think one of them gets thru today at the French Open.
Bottom line, until Janko actually beats Henin – she’s 0-5 against the Belgian – you have to take Henin. Add that Justine’s won her last 19 at the French including 31 straight sets, and i’m taking Henin. In the other semifinal, Sharapova’s been no good on the clay while Ivanovic is fully capable of winning big matches on a big stage. Of course this will be Ana’s biggest match of her career, and if she keeps her composure I think she beats the slow-footed Sharapova. So i’ll take Ivanovic.
As for the men’s tomorrow, Rafael Nadal continues to look unbeatable while Roger Federer has been shaky at times. That said, I think Rafa downs Djokovic in straight sets and Davydenko gives Federer one hell of a match. I really want to pick Davydenko to pull the upset – i think he matches up real well with Federer on the clay – but in the end I’ll cave and take Roger. Davydenko’s only won one set in his last five meetings with The Fed (0-8 overall), so asking him to win three sets in one afternoon against Roger might be asking a little too much.
But would it be asking too much to see some competitive tennis matches from Paris? I think we finally get that today.
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