Top Women Set To Battle It Out In Montreal

Tommy Keeler@@tkeelernvd and @nectar737Correspondent IIIAugust 15, 2010

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 14:  Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates match point in her semifinal match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia  on day six of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open on August 14, 2010 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Much like the men, the women's field in Montreal is pretty much the same as the one in Cincy. It will be a chance for some of the top players to make up for a dismal week in Cincy, while others will have a chance to keep their momentum going.
Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters are coming off great tournaments and I honestly expect more of the same in Montreal, where Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva and Clijsters are the top seeds.
Here are my predictions:

First quarter
Jankovic did not play well in Cincy, but I think she will play a little better in Montreal. Victoria Azarenka was beaten in the first round in Cincy, by a resurgant Ana Ivanovic (who hopefully will be back soon from her newest injury). I think Aazarenk will regain her form from Stanford and knock off Jankovic in the quarters.

Pick: Azarenka

Second quarter
Clijsters looked great in Cincy and I don't think she'll have any problem getting to the quarters in Montreal. In the bottom part of the section Vera Zvonareva and Yanina Wickmayer could be headed for a round-of-16 clash. Wicky's been playing pretty well and I think she will upset Zvonareva, but I still like Clijsters in the quarters.

Pick: Clijsters

Third quarter
I think Dementieva will finally regain her form in Montreal. The bottom part of her section is set-up nicely for her. The top part of the section has Agnieszka Radwanska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (get used to that name) and Svetlana Kuznetsova in it. I look for Radwanska to pull through and then take down Dementieva in three sets.

Pick: Radwanska

Fourth quarter
Francesca Schiavone has it pretty easy at the top part of this section, with a lot of qualies around her, until she would play Sharapova in the round-of-16. Sharapova has been playing great and I look for her to get through that match. On the bottom part of the section, Wozniacki could be facing Flavia Pennetta in the round-of-16, which would be a great match. I think Wozniacki will start finding her game with the U.S. open just weeks away. However, I'm taking Sharapova in the quarters, she's simply playing great tennis right now.

Pick: Sharapova

Semifinals
Azarenka vs. Clijsters
Azarenka can be up-and-down as she's already shown this summer. I think Clijsters is playing solid tennis and is simply more consistent.

Pick: Clijsters in three sets

Radwanska vs. Sharapova
Sharapova owns Radwanska. Plain and simple. The only way Sharapova losses this match is if she has a terrible day.

Pick: Sharapova in two sets

Final
Clijsters vs. Sharapova
For the second straight week I think these two will battle it out in a final. In my mind they are the favorites heading into the U.S. Open. Both are great champions and fighters. However, I simply think this is the summer of Sharapova.

Pick: Sharapova in three sets

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