Wimbeldon Draw Thoughts

Wimbeldon Draw Thoughts

Post by Byron P. Mccr » Wed, 19 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Well, the draw sucks for Capriati, as she has to play Lori McNeil in the
first round...tough luck, kiddo.

Muster's seeding proves to suck, too, as he'll meet one Mr. Michael Stich in
the round of 16 (if they both make it that far).

Graf gets both Novotna AND Martinez in her part of the draw while Sampras
might have to play Stich in the quarters (not an easy match for him, folks)
and Ivo in the semi's....

I'll have to digest the draw a bit more for further commentary--any thoughts
from Shun, Chris, Victoria, or the rest of the Peanut Gallery?

--B

 
 
 

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Post by Samir Bhak » Wed, 19 Jun 1996 04:00:00

: Well, the draw sucks for Capriati, as she has to play Lori McNeil in the
: first round...tough luck, kiddo.

That definitely doesn't help her comeback. McNeil is one of the best
grass-court players, and she had that big win over Graf in the first
round in '94 (before losing in the semis).

: Muster's seeding proves to suck, too, as he'll meet one Mr. Michael Stich in
: the round of 16 (if they both make it that far).

Stich should dispose of him easily, since he is one of the best grass-court
players. Muster did play well at Queens, but didn't face tough competition
until Edberg.

: Graf gets both Novotna AND Martinez in her part of the draw while Sampras
: might have to play Stich in the quarters (not an easy match for him, folks)
: and Ivo in the semi's....

They're the players to beat, so the tough draws come with the territory.
Stich and Ivanisevic are not the two players you want to play back to
back on grass. Graf-Novotna would probably go 3 sets like last year's SF
or the '93 final (hopefully with different results). I'm not sure how
Martinez would fare against Graf on grass (have they ever played each
other on the surface?).

: I'll have to digest the draw a bit more for further commentary--any thoughts
: from Shun, Chris, Victoria, or the rest of the Peanut Gallery?

What! I don't get my name mentioned? :-)

- Samir

 
 
 

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Post by shun.cheu » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>: Well, the draw sucks for Capriati, as she has to play Lori McNeil in the
>: first round...tough luck, kiddo.

>That definitely doesn't help her comeback. McNeil is one of the best
>grass-court players, and she had that big win over Graf in the first
>round in '94 (before losing in the semis).

The draw is NOT the problem for Capriati's comeback; her problem is
her lack of commitment to pro tennis. Yi certainly wasn't a tough
1R match at the FO, was it? Look what happened. When Capriati doesn't
bother to play any warm up tournaments, you can't expect miracles to
happen.

McNeil is 32 and is close to retirement. After beating Graf in '94,
McNeil lost to Sawamatsu in the 1R last year. She might still be able
to play a couple of good matches on grass, but she isn't the same any
more.

Quote:
>: Muster's seeding proves to suck, too, as he'll meet one Mr. Michael Stich in
>: the round of 16 (if they both make it that far).
>: Graf gets both Novotna AND Martinez in her part of the draw while Sampras
>: might have to play Stich in the quarters (not an easy match for him, folks)
>: and Ivo in the semi's....
>: I'll have to digest the draw a bit more for further commentary--any thoughts
>: from Shun, Chris, Victoria, or the rest of the Peanut Gallery?

>What! I don't get my name mentioned? :-)

I'll say the same thing I said at the beginning of the FO: You guys are
looking way way too far ahead. Remember people said that Sampras would
have a tough SF against Agassi at Roland Garros?

Muster has yet to win his first ever match at Wimbledon and Stich lost
in the 1R in the last two years. Hopefully, they'll do better this time.
I'll talk about the QF and SF during the 2nd week of the tournament.
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Post by Christopher Smi » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>>: Well, the draw sucks for Capriati, as she has to play Lori McNeil in the
>>: first round...tough luck, kiddo.

By the time this reply goes out, it is likely that Capriati has already
announced her withdrawal from Wimbledon.  This is according to a report
by Robin Finn in today's New York Times.

Finn also reports that Sabatini is currently practicing in preparation
for the Olympics.

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Post by Samir Bhak » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00

: McNeil is 32 and is close to retirement. After beating Graf in '94,
: McNeil lost to Sawamatsu in the 1R last year. She might still be able
: to play a couple of good matches on grass, but she isn't the same any
: more.

McNeil just lost early in a grass-court tournament (pretty badly, 2 & 3 I
think).

- Samir

 
 
 

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Post by Da » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'll say the same thing I said at the beginning of the FO: You guys are
> looking way way too far ahead.

Same thing you've said since the beginning of time, don't you mean? You're
so severe, Shun :-)

Quote:
> I'll talk about the QF and SF during the 2nd week of the tournament.

Heck, why not wait till the second week of July. Your perspective will be
*much* clearer then, I predict.

Damn! There I go predicting again. Sorry, won't happen again.

dar

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Post by Kwansik K » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00

   : Muster's seeding proves to suck, too, as he'll meet one Mr. Michael Stich in
   : the round of 16 (if they both make it that far).

Quote:
>   Stich should dispose of him easily, since he is one of the best grass-court
>   players. Muster did play well at Queens, but didn't face tough competition
>   until Edberg.

   I agree with you but I cannot resist feeling that your statement doesn't
sound that convincing.  Muster should have handled Stich easily in FO, since
he is the king of the clay. How's that ?  :)

Kwansik

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Post by shun.cheu » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>> I'll say the same thing I said at the beginning of the FO: You guys are
>> looking way way too far ahead.

>Same thing you've said since the beginning of time, don't you mean? You're
>so severe, Shun :-)

>> I'll talk about the QF and SF during the 2nd week of the tournament.

>Heck, why not wait till the second week of July. Your perspective will be
>*much* clearer then, I predict.

>Damn! There I go predicting again. Sorry, won't happen again.

Wasn't it very obvious to everybody from the beginning of the FO
that the final would be between Kafelnikov and Stich? :-)  Why
did most people (including me) consider Muster the favorite?? :-)

Seriously, let's look at it one round at a time. If you want to
talk, how about Edberg vs. Forget in the 1R? That is an interesting
match up.
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Post by Samir Bhak » Fri, 21 Jun 1996 04:00:00


:    : Muster's seeding proves to suck, too, as he'll meet one Mr. Michael Stich in
:    : the round of 16 (if they both make it that far).

: >   Stich should dispose of him easily, since he is one of the best grass-court
: >   players. Muster did play well at Queens, but didn't face tough competition
: >   until Edberg.

:    I agree with you but I cannot resist feeling that your statement doesn't
: sound that convincing.  Muster should have handled Stich easily in FO, since
: he is the king of the clay. How's that ?  :)

Well, Stich is quite competent on clay, and Muster is known to have
trouble with serve & volley type players. OTOH, Muster is not nearly as
good on grass as Stich is on clay. Better? :)

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- Samir