What about that!: The last two French Opens were both won by Gustavo Kuerten. I knew he was a genuinely promising player since he won Roland Garros 1997, and said so. This analysis, belief, whatever I want to call it, has been thoroughly justified. And I'm glad of that. It's always good to have backed another winner.
Prospects for the women's side at this instant are a final between Conchita Martinez and Mary Pierce: my
prediction opinion is that the odds favor Martinez, 2 out of 3. Owing to the way... well, results will justify me, or if not, why explain!
The other side is harder to foretell; I wouldn't be surprised if it was Norman who won, though. All bets off there (-there are still 4 players eligible for the final at this instant.)
- If I may quote from my June 9 2000 editorial:
Hingis? I think that if she [quote] "can live without [the French Open]", then she's also saying she can live without a Grand Slam. Darn: in early 1998, there was hope she might achieve that soon.- Well, unfortunately for the women's side of the clay-court game... that, also, has been thoroughly justified by subsequent events. Aside from the Williams sisters - BOTH the Williams sisters - coming on strong at last, there have been no great winners in the women's game overall. Period.