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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

US Open 2019 Men's Champion


US Open 2019 Finals Picks Results
Total: 1 Win; 0 Losses

Rafael Nadal won his 19th Singles Majors Championship in a classic over Daniil Medvedev. Technically the match was over after the first set. As he did in his previous two matches, Nadal edged all three opponents at the very end of the set or in a tie-break.


US Open 2019 Women's Champion


US Open 2019 Women's Finals Pick RESULTS
Total:  0 Win; 1 Loss

Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka are going to be terrorizing Tennis for a good decade -- unless injuries continue to plague them. Though both have similar potential but very different games, Andreescu is a "gym rat" or its tennis equivalent. She loves being on the court and pushes herself extremely hard.


Sunday, September 08, 2019

US Open 2019 Men's Singles Finals Picks

US Open 2019 Semifinals Picks
Total: 1 Win; 1 Loss

Not many saw this as the potential matchup, not with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer sharing this half of the draw with Daniil Medvedev. Nadal was the favorite on the other side of the draw.


Saturday, September 07, 2019

US Open 2019 Women's Finals Picks


US Open 2019 Women's Semifinals Picks RESULTS
Total:  2 Wins; 0 Losses

Many saw this as the potential matchup due to Bianca Andreescu's dominance when healthy this current year, and the greatness of Serena Williams.


Friday, September 06, 2019

US Open 2019 Men's Singles Semifinals Picks


US Open 2019 Fourth Round Picks, RESULTS
Total: 1 Wins; 3 Losses

It rarely happens but of "The Big Three", only one of them has reached the semifinals of this majors. If Rafael Nadal does not win the tournament, a non-Big Three player will win, which hasn't happened since Stan Wawrinka won the 2016 US Open.


Thursday, September 05, 2019

US Open 2019 Women's Semifinals Picks


US Open 2019 Women's Quarterfinals Picks RESULTS
Total:  2 Wins; 2 Losses

At this stage of the majors, there is much one can say about the remaining four players, particularly about their roads to reach this point.


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

US Open 2019 Men's Singles Quarterfinals Picks


US Open 2019 Fourth Round Picks, RESULTS
Top Half: 3 Wins; 1 Losses

Bottom Half: 2 Wins; 2 Losses

Stan Wawrinka has made another case for himself to always be included in the discussion whenever "The Big Three" are mentioned. Though Wawrinka's number of majors championships is way behind them, he continues to be a factor on which of them will play for the championship.


US Open 2019 Women's Quarterfinals Picks

US Open 2019 Fourth Round Picks, RESULTS
Top Half: 1 Wins; 3 Losses

Bottom Half: 2 Wins; 2 Losses

Of the 8 remaining players, I picked 3 of them to reach this round. Process this: Serena Williams is the only player remaining who has won a major championship. This is a testament to her greatness.

Monday, September 02, 2019

US Open 2019 Men's Singles Round of 16 Picks, Bottom Half

Of the 16 remaining players:
7 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 16
11 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 32
1 Player with a Qualifier Bid

When it comes to the four majors, it is about "The Big Three": Federer,  Nadal and Djokovic, and which one has the tougher road to the Finals. Which player can surprise them before the semifinals.


Sunday, September 01, 2019

US Open 2019 Women's Singles Round of 16 Picks, Top Half


US Open 2019 Third Round Picks, RESULTS
Top Half: 5 Wins; 3 Losses

Bottom Half: 7 Wins; 1 Losses
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9 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 16
14 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 32
1 Player with a Wild Card
1 Player with a Qualifier Bid

Of the 16 remaining players, I picked 9 of them to reach this round. There were some surprises (upsets) along the way. I've also changed my initial thought on one of my matchups [Osaka/Bencic] even though I picked both players to reach this round.


US Open 2019 Men's Singles Round of 16 Picks, Top Half

Of the 16 remaining players:
7 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 16
11 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 32
1 Player with a Qualifier Bid

When it comes to the four majors, it is about "The Big Three": Federer,  Nadal and Djokovic, and which one has the tougher road to the Finals. Which player can surprise them before the semifinals.

US Open 2019 Women's Singles Round of 16 Picks, Bottom Half

US Open 2019 Third Round Picks, RESULTS
Top Half: 5 Wins; 3 Losses

Bottom Half: 7 Wins; 1 Losses
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9 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 16
14 Players Ranked/Seeded in the Top 32
1 Player with a Wild Card
1 Player with a Qualifier Bid

Of the 16 remaining players, I picked 9 of them to reach this round, with 6 of them being in this bottom half of the draw.


Saturday, August 31, 2019

US Open 2019 Third Round Picks, Top Half

US Open 2019 Second Round Picks, RESULTS
Top Half: 13 Wins; 3 Losses

Bottom Half: 9 Wins; 7 Losses


[Osaka N.] (1) vs. Gauff C. (WC) -- This is a toss-up only because Osaka has peaks and valleys whereas Gauff has shown a steady level of exceptional play. Osaka's highest level, especially her serve will be the determining factor because Gauff's serve tends to level off in the second set.

Friday, August 30, 2019

US Open 2019 Third Round Picks, Bottom Half

US Open 2019 Second Round Picks, RESULTS
Top Half: 13 Wins; 3 Losses

Bottom Half: 9 Wins; 7 Losses


Kenin S. (20) vs. [Keys M.] (10) -- Madison needs to remain focused (Redux).  Kenin is a handful and like Madison pretty much has one mode: attack.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

US Open 2019 Second Round Picks, Top Half

US Open 2019 First Round Picks, RESULTS

Top Half: 22 Wins; 9 Losses; one match picked was cancelled and replaced with a different player.

Bottom Half: 25 Wins; 7 Losses


[Gauff C.] (WC) vs.  Babos T. -- Coco can't look past Babos with thoughts of facing Osaka.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

US Open 2019 Second Round Picks, Bottom Half

US Open 2019 First Round Picks, RESULTS

Top Half: 22 Wins; 9 Losses; one match picked was cancelled and replaced with a different player.

Bottom Half: 25 Wins; 7 Losses



Svitolina E. (5) vs. [Williams V.]  -- Venus played an exceptional first round match and needs to keep the same energy level because Svitolina is one of the most technically astute players on the tour.

Monday, August 26, 2019

US Open 2019 First Round Picks, Featured Matches


[Williams S.] (8) vs. Sharapova M.  -- Wattage. Bright lights. Maria Sharapova will be fresh and this is her best chance to beat Serena Williams. Serena needs to be focused and not expect to use this match to shake off rust.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Wimbledon 2019 Women's Champion



Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams in under one hour by following the script Serena has written for herself in three recent majors finals. Halep played a great match on offense and defense but the key was to let Serena make the errors.

Wimbledon 2019 Women's Predictions for the Finals


"I've been waiting for this moment for all my life" but not with the negative undertone of Phil Collins's song. This moment has eluded Serena Williams' for over two years, ever since she went on maternity leave. Since then she's lost two major championship finals. She's always the favorite even when playing someone the caliber of Simona Halep.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wimbledon 2019 Women's Predictions for the Semifinals


Everyone gets nervous. We saw a bit of that in the last round for these four players who have qualified to play in the Semifinals. Whereas Serena's nervousness came in the second set after winning the first, the other three players got off to slow first sets before overcoming being down a break to win the first set. All three won in two sets while Serena won in three sets.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Wimbledon 2019 Women's Predictions for the Quarterfinals


Continuing with the theme of Expected and Surprise, an applicable song would be Deborah Cox's "Nobody's supposed to be here". Some these players could not possibly be on anyone's bracket, except for family, friends and countrywomen.

The players breakdown:

  • 4 players were not seeded.
  • 1 seeded in the Top 32
  • 1 seeded in the Top 16
  • 2 seeded in the Top 8


Saturday, July 06, 2019