Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Post by Joseph Gownd » Sat, 22 Jan 1994 23:37:32


Quote:

>Here's how the upper half of the women's draw now looks:

>    Graf(1) vs. Testud
>    Davenport(16) vs. Fernandez(6)
>    Martinez(3) vs. Rubin
>    Date(10) vs. Helgeson

>As far as I can tell, it looks like we're on course for a Graf-Martinez
>semifinal.  Martinez got a big break today with the defeat of Anke Huber,
>whom she has never beaten.  Giant-killer Date remains a threat, but I
>am sure that Martinez badly wants to avenge her terrible loss to Date from
>the Sydney tournament.  Martinez has had some tough matches this tournament,
>but look at who she has had to play (Zvereva, Fendick, Frazier).  That
>has to be a big positive for Martinez to survive through that tough
>section.  Still a Martinez-Date QF could prove interesting.

I think we're on track for a Graf-Date SF.  Last week Date beat Conchita
Martinez with relative ease en route to her victory over Fernandez.  I
don't think it's entirely out of the question that she could upset Graf
as well, though I admit it's unlikely.

- J. P. Gownder
Harvard University

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Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Post by Raymond L » Sun, 23 Jan 1994 03:01:06


|> >
|> >Here's how the upper half of the women's draw now looks:
|> >
|> >    Graf(1) vs. Testud
|> >    Davenport(16) vs. Fernandez(6)
|> >    Martinez(3) vs. Rubin
|> >    Date(10) vs. Helgeson
|> >
|> >As far as I can tell, it looks like we're on course for a Graf-Martinez
|> >semifinal.  Martinez got a big break today with the defeat of Anke Huber,
|> >whom she has never beaten.  Giant-killer Date remains a threat, but I
|> >am sure that Martinez badly wants to avenge her terrible loss to Date from
|> >the Sydney tournament.  Martinez has had some tough matches this tournament,
|> >but look at who she has had to play (Zvereva, Fendick, Frazier).  That
|> >has to be a big positive for Martinez to survive through that tough
|> >section.  Still a Martinez-Date QF could prove interesting.
|>
|> I think we're on track for a Graf-Date SF.  Last week Date beat Conchita
|> Martinez with relative ease en route to her victory over Fernandez.  I
|> don't think it's entirely out of the question that she could upset Graf
|> as well, though I admit it's unlikely.
|>

Kimiko is definitely soaring!!  Did she lose a match (or even a single
set) at all in 1994?   Just wondering...  Definitely would like to see
somebody besides Steffi winning a GS event.  Hope I don't jinx her :)

Ray

 
 
 

Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Post by Ted Schuerzing » Sun, 23 Jan 1994 03:28:39


Quote:

> Here's how the upper half of the women's draw now looks:

>     Graf(1) vs. Testud
>     Davenport(16) vs. Fernandez(6)
>     Martinez(3) vs. Rubin
>     Date(10) vs. Helgeson

Thank you for the results, Chris!

Quote:

> As far as I can tell, it looks like we're on course for a Graf-Martinez
> semifinal.

I agree that the tournament probably will hold to form, but....

Quote:
> Martinez got a big break today with the defeat of Anke Huber,
> whom she has never beaten.  Giant-killer Date remains a threat, but I
> am sure that Martinez badly wants to avenge her terrible loss to Date from
> the Sydney tournament.  Martinez has had some tough matches this tournament,
> but look at who she has had to play (Zvereva, Fendick, Frazier).  That
> has to be a big positive for Martinez to survive through that tough
> section.  Still a Martinez-Date QF could prove interesting.

> Rubin and Helgeson apparently are on the upswing, but I would still expect
> the seeded players to win the 4th round matches here.

> The big question is, who will Graf play in the quarterfinals?  Don't be
> surprised if Davenport is her opponent.

Is Mary Joe still sick or something?  I should think that if she's healthy
and playing her best, she should be able to make it to the quarterfinals,
and have a good chance to upset Steffi.  Remember that she nearly defeated
Steffi at Roland Garros last year, and that she made it to the finals of
her last tournament.  True, this match is on some artificial surface, and
not the red clay, but I think that Mary Joe is better than to be seeded
sixth.  (Indeed, my contention would be that part of the reason Mary Joe
has her current low ranking is that she had to miss last year's US Open due
to illness.)

Quote:
> I think the best chance for Graf
> to be upset in this tournament is a confrontation with Martinez in the SF's.
> (I don't think Date has even a remote chance to upset Graf.)

Are you not considering a defeat by Sanchez-Vicario to be an upset?

BTW: It's too bad that Tracy Austin lost to Hack.  I would love to have
seen her advance in the tournament.

--Ted Schuerzinger
Finance Director, Dartmouth Broadcasting

"Apostrophe's [sic] are not used in plural's [sic]." -- Anonymous

 
 
 

Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Post by Christopher Smi » Sat, 22 Jan 1994 22:01:15

Here's how the upper half of the women's draw now looks:

    Graf(1) vs. Testud
    Davenport(16) vs. Fernandez(6)
    Martinez(3) vs. Rubin
    Date(10) vs. Helgeson

As far as I can tell, it looks like we're on course for a Graf-Martinez
semifinal.  Martinez got a big break today with the defeat of Anke Huber,
whom she has never beaten.  Giant-killer Date remains a threat, but I
am sure that Martinez badly wants to avenge her terrible loss to Date from
the Sydney tournament.  Martinez has had some tough matches this tournament,
but look at who she has had to play (Zvereva, Fendick, Frazier).  That
has to be a big positive for Martinez to survive through that tough
section.  Still a Martinez-Date QF could prove interesting.

Rubin and Helgeson apparently are on the upswing, but I would still expect
the seeded players to win the 4th round matches here.

The big question is, who will Graf play in the quarterfinals?  Don't be
surprised if Davenport is her opponent.  I think the best chance for Graf
to be upset in this tournament is a confrontation with Martinez in the SF's.
(I don't think Date has even a remote chance to upset Graf.)

..Chris

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Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Post by Christopher Smi » Sun, 23 Jan 1994 23:05:41

Quote:

>Is Mary Joe still sick or something?  I should think that if she's healthy
>and playing her best, she should be able to make it to the quarterfinals,
>and have a good chance to upset Steffi.

She has still *never* beaten Graf, and her letting Graf off the hook in their
last two matches suggests she still doesn't believe she can.  Maybe it will be
different this time.  Davenport will probably be a lot tougher to put away
tomorrow than she was at Indian Wells last year.

Quote:
>Are you not considering a defeat [of Graf] by Sanchez-Vicario to be an upset?

Sanchez Vicario first has to make it to the final (see my earlier article).

..Chris

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Thoughts on women's draw (upper 1/2)

Post by Wendy Grossma » Wed, 26 Jan 1994 09:51:12

I did see MJF beat Graf at an exhibition someplace a year or two ago.  An
interesting match:  Graf actually (pace, Robert) seemed to tank the third
set, and certainly MJF didn't look the least bit pleased to have won,
which suggested my impression was correct and MJF knew it.

I would love to see Graf upset, personally, if only so we wouldn't get
more comments about the lack of depth in the women's field.  
Realistically, though, I think Martinez and Sanchez are the only ones
likely to manage it.  Although it would be a kick, wouldn't it, if
Manuela Maleeva managed to win the last GS event she ever plays?  
Davenport is playing well, but still hasn't really got enough concept of
strategy.  I see, rereading this message, that I've forgotten Sabatini,
and actually I think for the first time in a long time that she has a
chance:  except for her usual execrable serving she is playing much
better than she has been, and is really mixing her game up very well.

Graf has gone AWOL in her last three matches when serving for them --
twice she lost her serve and had to play on, and once she only put the
thing away on the 3rd match point.  I've noticed in the past that that
pattern isn't a good sign for her.  Also, while she seems to be hitting
harder, presumably because of the new racket, her serving seems more than
usually erratic, and the new racket isn't helping her unforced-errors
statistics any.

Robert!  Put that down!  I know she's wonderful, really!

wg