http://www.tennisbuddys.com I don't claim to be an expert or even a blogger, I am a novice at this but I enjoy & have fun with it. Still learning from the best...so here goes..
Australian open 2011: After Roddick USA (8) is ousted in round 4 of men's singles in straight sets 6-3,6-4,6-4 by Wawrinka SUI (19), my only remaining fav is Nadal.
I am still rooting for my women's fav Clijsters BEL (3). After Chris Evert, Clijsters has always been my fav. We have the tennis mom thing in common but her poise & her strength & courage & come back, after some bliss & tragedy all at once, is what I admire. Clijster gives birth 9 months after retiring in Feb, 2008. Jan, 2009 her fathers succums to cancer. To get back in shape physically & mentally not only after giving birth but to find strength after a tragic loss & instead of going on a downhill spiral rather fight back & carve a path of strength & poise & do what she loves in tennis, to come back so strong, I hold a unique sense of admiration for this particular tennis mom!
Jan 26th, 2011: Australian open men's quarterfinals shocker headlines spread like wild fire on Twitter: I get the news & hugs of support on Twitter that my Rafa ESP (1) has been defeated in straight sets 4-6,2-6,3-6 by Ferrer ESP (7). I am saddened & shocked.
Thus my bold predictions begin after Nadal's is ousted & I start with this tweet:
@dwaynekilbourne Calling Ferrer ESP (7) v Djokovic SRB(3) in men's finals & Na Li v Clijsters in women's finals :) #AusOpen #tennis
Now, I start really believing & supporting my predictions & start taking some odd bets & keep tweeting boldly standing by my predictions (no, never gambling bets) just really strong & opinionated predictions for fun. I compare head to head stats & think if Nadal lead Ferrer 11-3 & got ousted in straight sets by Ferrer then this is the year for upsets for sure. I compare Federer leads Djokovic 13-6 head to head stat to Nadal Ferrer, I also see an UPSET so I call without hesitation,
Prediction #1. Djokovic will beat Federer for sure. I stand by that prediction even as I get some tweets that say "No Way"
Prediction #2. In the women's singles quarter finals I make the prediction that Li Na CHN (9) will beat Wozniacki DEN (1) in 3 sets
Prediction #3. In the other women's singles quarter finals I make the prediction that Clijsters BEL (3) will beat Zvonareva RUS (2) in straight sets.
After staying up late enough last night to finish watching LIVE, my 1st prediction comes true, Li Na beats Wozniacki in 3 sets, 3-6,7-5,6-3 to become the first Chinese woman in Granslam tennis history to qualify into the finals!
I start watching Clijsters v Zvonareva still supporting my previous tweets Clijsters will win in straight sets but I don't make it & I fall asleep. Ofcourse I have one more match I miss, I needed to stay up & also watch Djokovic beat Federer per my prediction, but I retire for the night.
January 27th, 2011: This morning I find out both semi-finals results. YES! Clijsters did beat Zvonareva in straight sets, 6-3,6-3 & Djokovic did beat Federer also in straight sets 7-6(7-3),7-5,6-4
I am satisfied by my bold predictions made after Rafa's loss :)
Sometimes you get crushed, but always have hope & faith that things will turn around! Rafa will comeback with a vengeance :)
Predictions are always fun, but they don't always come true. Have fun with it, but don't bet & gamble or what @wihamilton retweeted of Dick Enberg " Someone bet a million dollars on Rafa before last nights' match. And to win just $100,000! Ouch!" might happen.
You win some, you lose some, but the one's that compete with heart & will power will always prevail. You can't win it all, you won't lose all the time. You can't stay on top all the time, but you can strive to make it back to the top if you have the will & if you don't give up!
Ok, now for the Australian Open finals winners predictions.....let's catch up on Twitter :) @tennisbuddys