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1/12/2019 11:33 pm  #1

Australian Open 2019 contest


1. Pick quarterfinalists, semifinalists, finalists, and champions for both ATP and WTA draws. You will receive 7.5 points for each correct quarterfinalist, 5 points for each correct semifinalist and finalist, and 20 points for each correct champion.  The women's tournament is a crap shoot, no favorites there.  For the men's tournament, Federer would be the favorite if we knew the status of his back.  As such, he is going to be worth only 15 points as champion.

2. SUBSTITUTE PICK: Pick a player from each draw to replace one of your quarterfinalists. If this player makes the quarters, they will take the place of whomever you picked in that section of the draw

3. BIGGEST LOSER: pick the highest seed that will lose in the earliest round from each draw. The player must be a top-16 seed. You get 5 points if your seed is the highest to lose and 2 points if your seed falls in the same round as the highest seed to lose.

4. ANDY MURRAY: pick the round that Andy Murray will make it to.  Tough break for him.  A correct pick gets 5 points, if you are the closest, you will get 2 points.


***Unseeded quarterfinalists are worth an extra half point for every seed they take out en route.

***WTF bonus: if you have a pick that makes it to the quarterfinals that no one else made (not even as a substitute pick), you'll gain an extra 5 points for it.  If there are only two contestants, then the WTF bonus is not in effect.


1/13/2019 2:12 am  #2

Re: Australian Open 2019 contest



Djokovic over Nishikori
Thiem over Raonic
Federer over Khachanov
Anderson over Berdych (Nadal)


Djokovic over Thiem
Federer over Anderson


Djokovic over Federer 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4

BL: Kyle Edmund
Murray: 1st round



Serena (Halep) over Pliskova
Svitolina over Osaka
Sabalenka over Barty
Stephens over Kerber


Serena over Svitolina
Sabalenka over Stephens


Sabalenka over Serena 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

BL: Kasatkina



1/13/2019 5:26 pm  #3

Re: Australian Open 2019 contest

Men's QF

Djokovic v. Nishikori
A. Zverev v. M. Zverev (Coric)
Khanchanov v. Federer
Dimitrov v. Edmund


Djokovic v. A. Zverev
Federer v. Edmund


Federer d. A. Zverev

BL: Nadal
Murray: 1st round

Women's QF

Serena (Halep) v. Pliskova
Osaka v. Svitolina
Sabalenka v. Sharapova
Bertens v. Kerber


Pliskova v. Osaka
Sabalenka v. Kerber


Kerber d. Pliskova

BL: Halep (but I won't be surprised when Stephens loses to Taylor Townsend in the first round)

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1/15/2019 2:30 pm  #4

Re: Australian Open 2019 contest

This is the first time both of my biggest losers lost in the first round, and both of them lost in straight-set blowouts. 

Kasatkina was the biggest loser for the women thanks to Halep scraping past Kanepi. 

Edmund was the second-biggest loser on the men's side because of Isner getting his serve broken while serving for the fourth set agains Opelka. Isner was all set for a comeback from two sets down until that inexplicable break. 


1/21/2019 2:06 pm  #5

Re: Australian Open 2019 contest

I think Kerber's days of winning slams are over, although I always give her a shot at Wimbledon, where her unparalleled passing shots and ability to get low serve her well. If she ever gets deep at Roland Garros, I give her an outside shot there, too, because she would be extra motivated.

But on hard courts, her best surface, she no longer has the motivation. Players with her game have to be willing to kill themselves on court to win a slam, and she does not have that mindset anymore. 

Last edited by funches (1/21/2019 2:06 pm)


5/26/2019 1:27 am  #6

Re: Australian Open 2019 contest

I won this contest going away, although you had two women's semifinalists to my zero. 

I had five men's quarterfinalists, one semifinalist, one finalist and Djokovic as the winner.
I had two women's quarterfinalists and nothing after that. 
I had the biggest loser for the women and a biggest loser for the men who lost in the same round as the BL.
Murray lost in the first round. 

Total: 109.5

Forehand_lob had two men's quarterfinalists, one semifinalist and nothing else.
Forehand_lob had four women's quarterfinalists and two semifinalists
Forehand_lob had no biggest loser points but also predicted Murray would lost first round

Total: 65 



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