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5/26/2018 7:17 am  #1

French Open contest 2018


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.  Nadal is only worth 10 points as a champion, who knows if anyone currently playing can beat him (most likely not).

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.


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

***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.


5/26/2018 7:29 am  #2

Re: French Open contest 2018


Nadal v Coric
Fognini (Edmund) v. Ramos-Vinolas
Goffin v. Dimitrov
Thiem v. Zverev

Nadal v. Fognini
Dimitrov v. Thiem

Nadal d. Thiem

BL: Del Potro


Halep v. Kerber
Siegemund (Muguruza) v. Karolina Pliskova
Ostapenko v. Svitolina
Kvitova v. Suarez Navarro

Kerber v. Pliskova
Svitolina v. Kvitova

Kerber d. Kvitova

BL: Wozniacki

I don't feel that good about my picks.  We'll see what happens.

     Thread Starter

5/26/2018 6:25 pm  #3

Re: French Open contest 2018

Other than Nadal winning, I'm not comfortable with my picks for the men or the women, both because of form and the draw. 



Nadal over Kohlshcreiber
Edmund over del Potro
Djokovic over Goffin
A. Zverev over Thiem (Niishikori)


Nadal over Edmund
Zverev over Djokovic


Nadal over Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

BL: Querrey



Halep over Bertens
Ka. Pliskova (Sharapova) over Muguruza
Ostapenko over Svitolina *
Kasatkina over Stephens 


Halep over Pliskova
Ostapenko over Kasatkina


Halep over Ostapenko 6-4, 7-6

BL: Wozniacki

* I do not believe Halep can beat Svitolina on any clay or hard court unless Svitolina chokes like she did last year at Roland Garros when she blew a set and 5-1 lead to Halep. When they play, it looks like Svitolina does everything better than Halep. Everything. Thank God she had a bad head. I have to pick her to lose to someone for Halep to win the tournament, so might as well go with Ostapenko, who could flame out early if the pressure gets to her but can beat anyone when she has her A game. She's exactly the type of player who can fluster Svitolina. 

EDIT: I did not look at your picks before I made mine. Funny that we both have Wozniacki as the biggest loser. If I had not gone with her, I would have gone with Venus. 

Your Kvitova pick to go deep could happen, but I've watched her under-perform too many times at every slam not on grass (and sometimes at Wimbledon, too) to trust her. She certainly can beat anyone if she plays well. 


Last edited by funches (5/26/2018 6:30 pm)


6/02/2018 12:32 pm  #4

Re: French Open contest 2018

Great win for Fognini today against Edmund. 

I watched the fifth set and Fognini was focused and composed, two words I rarely associate with him in a big match. Now let's see if he can finally realize his immense gifts and reach the semis. He'll have a tough match against Cilic--big serves bother him-- in the next round, but he can win that match if he stays focused. Then in the quarters he can move del Potro around and tire him out. 

No matter how many bad things Fognini has done on the court over the years, I love his game. When he's playing freely, he is as fun to watch as any current player. 

But can he break every career pattern and keep it together? I'm not sure. 


6/07/2018 4:23 pm  #5

Re: French Open contest 2018

I think Halep will beat Stephens, but whether she does or not, I'm so sick of the storyline AP and others keep propagating that Halep has collapsed in previous finals. It's complete bullshit. 

She played incredibly well against Sharapova in the 2014 final. That was the best match I've ever seen Sharapova play, and Halep was lucky to extend it to three sets, needing Sharapova to get tight at the end of the second set. I believe that match ended with eight consecutive Sharapova winners. 

She never played particularly well last year at Roland Garros, needing a complete gag job by Svitolina just to get past the quarters and playing a mediocre match against Pliskova in the semis. Unable to hit out with confidence, she went into the final with the game plan of playing safe and letting Ostapenko beat herself. It worked for a set and a half, and then Ostapenko begin cracking winnings from everywhere. Halep got a little tight in the second set, but her level barely dropped. Ostapenko won that match. Halep did not lose it, although this year's Halep would beat last year's Ostapenko 3 and 3 the way she he is hitting 

Halep certainly did not choke in Australia against Wozniacki. Physically spent because of her titanic struggles earlier in the tournament, she battled for three sets but did not have enough energy to get over the finish line. Woz deserved to win that match. 

Maybe Halep will choke against Stephens, but there is no evidence to support that conclusion. She's a 5-6 player with limited power who has been No. 1 in the world for most of the year. That requires a lot of mental toughness. 

Stephens is very good in her own right. Halep is more comfortable on clay, but it's not like this should be an epic mismatch. 


Last edited by funches (6/07/2018 4:24 pm)


6/08/2019 11:42 pm  #6

Re: French Open contest 2018

We never calculated the winner for this. 

I had five men's quarterfinalists, one semifinalist, one finalist and Nadal as champion for 57.5 points
You had three men's quarterfinalists, two semifinalists, both finalists and Nadal as champion for 52.5 points.

I had four women's quarterfinalists, one semifinalist, one finalist and Halep as champion for 60 points.
You had three women's quarterfinals but zero of anything else for 22.5 points.

Neither one of us had the biggest losers, which were Fish and Ostapenko.

Final totals: 

funches: 117.5
forehand_lob 75


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