2009 Wimbledon – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Round 3
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Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Melanie Oudin (USA)
Jankovic hasn’t dropped a set in her two matches yet and I’m hoping that is a good sign for things to come in the next week. She is working with a former student of mine, Chip Hooper, and he has a very mellow personality which is a good thing for Jelena. Don’t count her out, especially if she finds the groove that she has been missing throughout 2009.
Oudin is a young American with plenty of potential. She is a former top junior who is just now breaking into the pro ranks. This is her third Grand Slam appearance and it is the first time she has made it out of the opening round. The future is bright for Oudin and be sure to keep an eye on her.
This is the first career meeting between Oudin and Jankovic. Oudin is not a big girl (only 5’6”), but she covers the court extremely well and gets a lot of power out of her small frame. As you know, Jankovic is one of the best movers on the WTA tour, she has a fantastic two-handed backhand, and she knows how to win. Jankovic doesn’t want this match to go three sets, because any confidence that she gives to Oudin will not help. Look for Jankovic to take control of the points early and never let up. This is a big stage for Oudin and that might also catch up to her.
Nick’s Pick – Jankovic in 2 sets
Venus Williams (USA) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
The five-time Wimbledon champion, Williams, has looked nothing short of spectacular in her first two matches. She loves playing on the grass and is without a doubt one of the favorites to win this tournament.
This is Suarez Navarro’s first appearance in the third round of Wimbledon and she has a knack for winning big matches. She has been to two Grand Slam quarterfinals in her career, but this would be a big, big win for her!
Suarez Navarro is 1-0 against Venus and that win came back at the beginning of the year in the Australian Open. Suarez Navarro has an excellent one-handed backhand and also tremendous footwork. The problem I see is that with the relentless groundstrokes of Venus her one-handed backhand might break down under the pressure. Also, with Venus’ ability to gracefully cover the court and with her wingspan she is incredibly difficult to beat on grass.
Nick’s Pick – V. Williams in 2 sets
Nadia Petrova (RUS) vs. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Petrova was able to make quick work of a tough opponent – Shahar Peer – in the second round. That is an excellent sign for Petrova, because when she is playing well she is one of the best in the world. She can be streaky, so watch out right now!
Dulko knocked out 2004 champion Maria Sharapova in the second round, surprising all of the fans and the British press. Dulko has become a media darling across the pond, but we will now have to see how she handles that pressure.
Dulko and Petrova are 2-2 against each other, with Dulko winning their only match on grass (back in 2005). Petrova is strong, moves well, and has a big game. She is a veteran and knows how to handle herself on the court. She plays an aggressive game and really takes it to her opponent. Dulko is an excellent mover and covers the court extremely well. What she lacks is the experience of playing in these types of matches. She has only been to the fourth round of a Grand Slam one time and that might hurt her in a match against a difficult opponent.
Nick’s Pick – Petrova in 3 sets
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) vs. Virginie Razzano (FRA)
Zvonareva is still coming back from an injury that kept her out of play for a couple of months. After a tough first round match, Zvonareva came back and won her second round battle in just 85 minutes. She is looking to get into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the third time in her career.
Razzano has only lost four games in her two matches which is a great indicator of how well she is playing. The 26-year old Frenchwoman comes in ranked a career high of #23 in the world, and she is looking to get into the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time.
Razzano is 4-2 against Zvonareva and has beaten her twice already this year (once was because Zvonareva had to retire due to injury). Razzano is a crafty veteran with very solid groundstrokes. She can play all over the court and isn’t afraid of anyone. Zvonareva is one of the best movers on the tour, has fantastic groundstrokes, and competes extremely hard. Sometimes she can lose her temperament and that hurts her. If she is healthy and focused, I look for her to advance.
Nick’s Pick – Zvonareva in 2 sets