AO 2014: Women’s Quarterfinal Preview – Answer to Life, Universe and the Quarterfinals

A hitchhiker’s guide to women’s tennis galaxy[1]:

Don’t panic. Deep Thought was fed in the women’s draws and the final results. Even it came with a random answer. The winner of this year’s Aus open women’s would be, everybody waited with bated breath.

Everybody: You are ready with the answer?

Deep Thought: You are not going to like it.

Everybody: Yes…!

Deep Thought: The winner of this year’s women’s Australian open would be…

Everybody: Yes…!

Deep Thought: Forty-two…

Yeah predictions this year have gone as awry as Deep Thought’s calculations. There has been absolute mayhem with some of the top seeds. Casualties have been Ms Serena, Ms Maria, Ms Wozniacki, Ms Jankovic et al.

This women’s tennis galaxy has been romantically unpredictable. A Canadian unknown 19 year old Eugenie Bouchard has become the first Canadian woman in 22 years to reach quarter finals of a Grand slam.

Ana Ivanovic played mesmerizing tennis to beat Serena. A player who had a six year trough compared to Serena who was having a crest, created a romantic situation that only sports can provide us. She did attack her backhand quite a bit, quoting [2] as if to say she had found a weakness.

“Did I do anything wrong today,” Serena must have wondered, “or has the world always been like this and I’ve been too wrapped up in myself to notice?”

Going by the match against Serena I pick Ana for a 2 set victory.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think 31 is too old to play tennis.

The clash of the so called veterans which forced Na Li to quote:

“At least she’s one day older than me, so I’ll play an older player,” Li said of the Italian, both turning 32 next month. “So nobody will talk about my age.”

Na Li has been feeling at home at the Australian Open. I think she is definitely a finals favorite. Flavia on the other hand played the first set against Kerber with complete domination. This could be a pretty good contest.

Na Li victory in a hard fought three setter.

Halep… you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.

So, Halep’s mammary glands are a point of discussion now since she has reached her first quarter finals. The Romanian displayed extraordinary game in the third set against Jankovic. Cibulkova on the other hand seems quite a work horse. As Brad Gilbert quoted that she does train like an animal. Her superlative performance against Maria sets up a mouth-watering contest.

Cibulkova in tough three sets.

Radawanska: All through my life I’ve had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was.

Vika: No, that’s just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that.

Vika has a superlative record against Radawanska especially in the hard courts. My winner prediction sticks with her. Vika is playing aggressive and did take the “stomach ball” sportively. This one is a no brainer for me.

Vika wins in straight sets.

[1] The writer is a big fan of Douglas Adams and The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy.

[2] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/sports/tennis/serena-williams-australian-open.html

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