Federer wins fifth Australian Open and 18th Major; Final Results

January 29, 2017
Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday.

Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday.

For download: australian-open-2017.pdf

Match completed Sunday (Australian time):

Roger Federer (SUI) (17) def. Rafael Nadal (ESP) (9) 3-2
Four players had match winner correct
Three players (Serene, Eva, Wes) had match score correct

Serene is our Australian Open champion, thanks to her predicting Roger Federer’s five-set win in the Men’s Final correctly and having enough points over the previous three rounds to put her just ahead of Eva and Wes.

Overall
1 Serene Ford 294 $35.00
2 Eva Kafkova 289 $24.50
3 Wes Zetaruk 270 $10.50
4 Petr Havlik 257
5 Michael Poplawski 218
6 Doug Wansbrough 203
7 John Lo 178
Men’s Final
1 Serene Ford 100
Eva Kafkova 100
Wes Zetaruk 100
Petr Havlik 85
5 Michael Poplawski 20
Doug Wansbrough 20
John Lo 20
Women’s Final
1 Michael Poplawski 100
Serene Ford 100
Petr Havlik 100
John Lo 100
5 Eva Kafkova 70
Doug Wansbrough 70
Wes Zetaruk 70
Semifinals
1 Doug Wansbrough 81
2 Wes Zetaruk 64
3 Eva Kafkova 61
4 Michael Poplawski 58
5 Serene Ford 38
John Lo 38
7 Petr Havlik 34
Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 58
2 Serene Ford 56
3 Michael Poplawski 40
4 Petr Havlik 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 36
6 Doug Wansbrough 32
7 John Lo 20

Men’s Final Predictions

January 28, 2017

Australian Open LogoRoger Federer is a slight favourite to capture his 18th Grand Slam Title over Rafael Nadal Sunday in Melbourne, in a long match. Every player, save for one, has predicted that it will go five sets.

Our game has been so close over the first three rounds that our winner will have picked the Men’s Final correctly.

Enjoy the match, everyone!

For download: australian-open-2017-mens-final-predictions.pdf

Match Picks Average # of Sets
FED 4 NAD 3 4.86

Women’s Final: Serena tops Venus

January 28, 2017
Serena makes it 23 Serena Williams wins an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles crown by defeating sister Venus in the women’s final.

Serena makes it 23
Serena Williams wins an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles crown by defeating sister Venus in the women’s final.

For download: australian-open-2017-womens-final.pdf

Match completed Saturday (Australian time):

Serena Williams (USA) (2) def. Venus Williams (USA) (13) 2-0
Seven players had match winner correct
Four players had match score correct

Michael, Serene and Eva now top the leader board, powered by predicting Serena Williams’s two-set victory over sister Venus Williams in Saturday’s final. Only 40 points separate all the players in our game heading into Sunday’s Men’s Final.

Overall
1 Michael Poplawski 198
2 Serene Ford 194
3 Eva Kafkova 189
4 Doug Wansbrough 183
5 Petr Havlik 172
6 Wes Zetaruk 170
7 John Lo 158
Women’s Final
     
1 Michael Poplawski 100
Serene Ford 100
Petr Havlik 100
John Lo 100
5 Eva Kafkova 70
Doug Wansbrough 70
Wes Zetaruk 70
Semifinals
1 Doug Wansbrough 81
2 Wes Zetaruk 64
3 Eva Kafkova 61
4 Michael Poplawski 58
5 Serene Ford 38
John Lo 38
7 Petr Havlik 34
Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 58
2 Serene Ford 56
3 Michael Poplawski 40
4 Petr Havlik 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 36
6 Doug Wansbrough 32
7 John Lo 20

Women’s Final Predictions

January 27, 2017

Australian Open LogoSerena Williams is our unanimous choice to defeat her sister Venus in Saturday’s Women’s Final. Four players will be hoping for a straight-sets victory, while three players think Serena will give up a set.

Enjoy the match, everyone!

For download: australian-open-2017-womens-final-predictions.pdf

Match Picks Average # of Sets
VWI 0 SWI 7 2.43

Semifinals: Back to the Future as Federer, Nadal and Williams sisters reach finals

January 27, 2017
Roger Federer downs compatriot Stan Wawrinka in five sets to advance to sixth Australian Open decider.

Roger Federer downs compatriot Stan Wawrinka in five sets to advance to sixth Australian Open decider.

For download: australian-open-2017-semifinals.pdf

Matches completed Thursday and Friday (Australian time):

Roger Federer (SUI) (17) def. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) (4) 3-2
Five players had match winner correct
One player (Serene) had match score correct

Rafael Nadal (ESP) (9) def. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) (15) 3-2
Six players had match winner correct
No players had match score correct

Venus Williams (USA) (13) def Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 2-1
One player (Doug) had match winner correct
One player (Doug) had match score correct

Serena Williams (USA) (2) def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 2-0
Six players had match winner correct
Four players had match score correct

Doug led the way in this second round of four in our game, being one of four players to predict as many as three match winners correctly and being the only player to predict two results exactly right. Eva had the third-best score for the round, allowing her to maintain the overall lead heading into the Women’s Final Saturday.

Overall
1 Eva Kafkova 119
2 Doug Wansbrough 113
3 Wes Zetaruk 100
4 Michael Poplawski 98
5 Serene Ford 94
6 Petr Havlik 72
7 John Lo 58
Semifinals
Men Women
FED 3-2 WAW VAN 1-2 VWI
NAD 3-2 DIM LUC 0-2 SWI
1 Doug Wansbrough 81
2 Wes Zetaruk 64
3 Eva Kafkova 61
4 Michael Poplawski 58
5 Serene Ford 38
John Lo 38
7 Petr Havlik 34
Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 58
2 Serene Ford 56
3 Michael Poplawski 40
4 Petr Havlik 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 36
6 Doug Wansbrough 32
7 John Lo 20

 


Women’s Final and Men’s Final Prediction Forms are now available

January 26, 2017

Australian Open LogoThe Women’s Final Prediction Form and the Men’s Final Prediction Form are now available. (The Men’s Final Prediction Form will be updated as the winner of the last semifinal is confirmed.)

Please submit your predictions before the deadlines shown on each form.

The Prediction Challenges web site will be updated with results and standings information as the tournament continues to proceed.  (The last submission of a form will be the one used if you submit more than once.)

Good luck, and enjoy the tennis!


Semifinals Predictions

January 25, 2017

Australian Open LogoWe have strong favourites in each match, but there are some players looking for some upsets! On the women’s side for tonight’s matches, Doug will be rooting for Venus Williams and Petr for Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, while over the next two days on the men’s side, John and Doug will be cheering for Stan Wawrinka, while Serene will be backing Grigor Dimitrov.

Enjoy the matches, everyone, and celebrate Australia Day (January 26)!

For download: australian-open-2017-semifinals-predictions.pdf

Match picks Average # of Sets
FED 5 WAW 2 4.29
NAD 6 DIM 1 4.00
VAN 6 VWI 1 2.86
LUC 1 SWI 6 2.43

Wednesday Quarterfinals: Lucic-Baroni’s dream comes true, Nadal, Serena and Dimitrov move on

January 25, 2017
Rafa roars to final four

Rafa roars into final four

For download: australian-open-2017-quarterfinals.pdf

Eva is our leader after the first round of four in our game, being the only player to predict the winner in as many as six matches. Serene is close behind, largely on the strength of being the only player to predict three match scores exactly right.

Matches completed Wednesday (Australian time):

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) def. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) (5)  2-1
No players had match winner correct
No players had match score correct

Serena Williams (USA) (2) def. Johanna Konta (GBR) (9) 2-0
Six players had match winner correct
Five players had match score correct

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) (15) def. David Goffin (BEL) (11) 3-0
Three players (Eva, Serene, Wes) had match winner correct
No players had match score correct

Rafael Nadal (ESP) (9) def. Milos Raonic (CAN) (3) 3-0
Three players (Michael, Eva, John) had match winner correct
No players had match score correct

Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 58
2 Serene Ford 56
3 Michael Poplawski 40
4 Petr Havlik 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 36
6 Doug Wansbrough 32
7 John Lo 20

Semifinals Entry Form now available

January 24, 2017

Australian Open LogoThe Semfinals Entry Form is now available. The form will be updated as matchups are confirmed. Your last entry will be the one processed if you submit more than one. Please submit your entry before the deadline shown on the form. Good luck!


Tuesday Quarterfinals: Venus, Coco, Stan and Roger cruise to straight-set victories

January 24, 2017
Coco Vandeweghe knocks off another top seed

Coco Vandeweghe knocks off another top seed

For download: australian-open-2017-quarterfinals-day-1.pdf

Matches completed Tuesday (Australian time):

Venus Williams (USA) (13) def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) (24) 2-0
Four players had match winner correct
One player (Petr) had match score correct

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) (7) 2-0
Two players (Petr, Eva) had match winner correct
One player (Eva) had match score correct

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) (4) def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) (12) 3-0
Seven players had match winner correct
No players had match score correct

Roger Federer (SUI) (17) def. Mischa Zverev (GER) 3-0
Seven players had match winner correct
Three players (Michael, Serene and Wes)  had match score correct

Quarterfinals
1 Petr Havlik 42
2 Serene Ford 38
3 Eva Kafkova 26
4 Michael Poplawski 24
5 Doug Wansbrough 22
6 Wes Zetaruk 18
7 John Lo 14