Friday, September 07, 2007



This is Chakvetadze's first grand slam semi and, like her opponent, I have doubts about the youngster handling the pressure. As we have discussed before, there is normally a graduation to these things, a semi before a final and so on, there is an enormous amount of pressure in grand slams, which allied to tiredness, ensures that we, nearly always, get a true winner.

Kuznetsova is a previous winner here and also has two doubles finals to her name, she feels very comfortable on the show courts and since the opening rounds, her game has really improved, with the unforced errors being kept to a minimum.

That is not the same for Chakvetadze, who is making a whole heap and also gave Peer 9 break points, despite losing just 5 games in their quarter final. Kuznetsova won their previous two meeting, one on a slow and one on the grass of Wimbledon and should make it a hat-trick this evening.

6 points Kuznetsova to beat Chakvetadze 1.55 + exchanges


Henin beat Serena Williams by playing an ultra agressive game, those tactics will not be so easy against Venus, who went to the net 55 times against Jankovic in the last round. Only one player in history (Hingis) has beaten both sisters in a grand slam and that left her exhausted in the final that followed.

Venus is playing with a lot of confidence and holds a 7-1 record over Henin, they have not met in 4 years so we cannot read too much into those stats, but at least it means that the American is coming into the arena with positive mental memories.

4 points Williams to beat Henin 2.86 exchanges.

Back later with some football.

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