So two seismic shocks today in the womens draw! Really really really didnt see them coming. Firstly one of Melbournes adopted heroes Kim Clijsters being dumped out by Nadia Petrova. Clijsters performance was error strewn and totally uncharacteristic, she was lethargic and her opponent was unstoppable! Such a hammering could never had been predicted, however Kim plays one way and doesnt really have a plan B. The second shock of the day although not really a shock on her recent results was Jankovic’ loss to Bondarenko. Before today she had a 9-0 career against her opponent but like a pack of cards she folded, couldnt hack the pace. Jankovic has clearly lost the hunger, her mind has been elsewhere not only during todays match but for a good part of last year too. Please get ur head sorted and comeback so u can challenge the ladies elite! Needless to say i didnt have enough foresite to call these results in my predictions but if i did i would be a very rich man!My other predictions Kuzzy Kirilenko and Henin all proved correct, however with the departure of Clijsters, Sharapova, Jankovic there are a few holes in the draw. Bondarenko plays Zheng in the next round both bidding to make their first grandslam quarterfinals.
On the other side of the draw we once again see Espanola Carla Suarez Navarro facing a Williams in Aus Open 3rd round. Having caused the shock of the round last year against Venus she is all set to do the same against Serena. Serena is a different kettle of fish altogether and the flat baseline hitting from Navarra will need to even more precise if she is to break down her opponent. I would love to be brave and predict the upset but even tho Serena may be carrying an injury she should still progress. In the first match on Laver we see Australia’s finest Sam Stosur take on some Italian girl called Brianti! Having not heard a thing about this young lady i presume that with the home support behind her Stosur can make the 2nd week. Dellacqua follows the Federer match as she takes on Venus Williams. Can i see an upset, yeh I hope so. the older Williams is there for the taking, hopefully the huge support she will have wont be a burden on her shoulders! The final match on Laver sees Carolina Wozniacki taking on Israeli Shahar Peer. Wozniacki is my favourite up and coming junior, she has no obvious weakness but maybe lacks a little on the forehand her x court backhand makes up for it! Azarenka is pitched against Garbin, whom she holds a 4-1 record over( 3 of which on hardcourt) Azarenka like Wozniacki is part of the next generation of players coming through, this match will reveal a lot about how far she can go. Azarenka to do the business! Finally leggy Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova faces Na Li, little versus large. Na Li is incredibly solid on all strokes, for a small fry she can sure hit a good ball. I am sure the male tennis fans would like to see the Slovakian prevail. Prediction Hantuchova in 3!