Men’s Final: Federer Repeats to Win 20th Major

January 28, 2018

Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. (Andy Brownbill/The Associated Press)

For download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018.pdf

Congratulations to John upon winning his third Prediction Challenge! game and first tennis game. Michael was runner up on the tie-breaker (John had the better Women’s Final round) and Sherri earned a third place prize in her first Prediction Challenge! game.

Match completed Sunday (Australian time):

Roger Federer (SUI) (2) def. Marin Cilic (CRO) (6) 3-2
Six players had match winner correct
One player (Serene) had match score correct

Overall
1 John Lo 285 $35.00
2 Michael Poplawski 285 $24.50
3 Sherri Andrews 259 $10.50
4 Serene Ford 247
5 Petr Havlik 223
6 Eva Kafkova 188
7 Wes Zetaruk 151
Men’s Final
1 Serene Ford 100
2 Michael Poplawski 85
John Lo 85
Petr Havlik 85
5 Sherri Andrews 70
Eva Kafkova 70
7 Wes Zetaruk 5
Women’s Final
1 John Lo 100
Sherri Andrews 100
Petr Havlik 100
4 Michael Poplawski 70
Wes Zetaruk 70
6 Serene Ford 0
Eva Kafkova 0
Semifinals
1 Eva Kafkova 94
2 Serene Ford 81
3 Michael Poplawski 78
4 Sherri Andrews 51
5 John Lo 48
Wes Zetaruk 48
7 Petr Havlik 14
Quarterfinals
1 Serene Ford 66
2 John Lo 52
Michael Poplawski 52
4 Sherri Andrews 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 28
6 Eva Kafkova 24
Petr Havlik 24
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Men’s Final Predictions

January 27, 2018

Australian Open LogoFor download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Men’s Final Predictions.pdf

Roger Federer is our overwhelming favourite to repeat as Australian Open Men’s Champion Sunday. Wes is looking for Marin Cilic to repeat his 2014 U.S. Open performance to help move him into the prizes.

Enjoy the match!

Match Picks Average # of Sets
CIL 1 FED 6 3.86
Overall Standings through Women’s Final Round
1 Michael Poplawski 200
John Lo 200
3 Sherri Andrews 189
4 Serene Ford 147
5 Wes Zetaruk 146
6 Petr Havlik 138
7 Eva Kafkova 118

Women’s Final: Wozniacki Wins First Major, Returns to #1

January 27, 2018

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. (Andy Brownbill/The Associated Press)

For download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Women’s Final.pdf

Match completed Saturday (Australian time):

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) (2) def. Simona Halep (ROU) (1) 2-1
Five players had match winner correct
Three players (Petr, John, Sherri) had match score correct

John is our new leader (and would win a tiebreaker) after Caroline Wozniacki’s victory over Simona Halep in an amazing Women’s Final.

Overall
1 John Lo 200
Michael Poplawski 200
3 Sherri Andrews 189
4 Serene Ford 147
5 Wes Zetaruk 146
6 Petr Havlik 138
7 Eva Kafkova 118
Women’s Final
1 John Lo 100
Sherri Andrews 100
Petr Havlik 100
4 Michael Poplawski 70
Wes Zetaruk 70
6 Serene Ford 0
Eva Kafkova 0
Semifinals
1 Eva Kafkova 94
2 Serene Ford 81
3 Michael Poplawski 78
4 Sherri Andrews 51
5 John Lo 48
Wes Zetaruk 48
7 Petr Havlik 14
Quarterfinals
1 Serene Ford 66
2 John Lo 52
Michael Poplawski 52
4 Sherri Andrews 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 28
6 Eva Kafkova 24
Petr Havlik 24

 


Women’s Final Predictions

January 26, 2018

Australian Open LogoFor download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Women’s Final Predictions.pdf

Caroline Wozniacki is our favourite to win Saturday’s final in a battle of World #1s who are each looking for their first major title.

Enjoy the match, everyone!

Match Picks Average # of Sets
HAL 2 WOZ 5 2.71

Semifinals Results

January 26, 2018

Switzerland’s Roger Federer, left, is congratulated by South Korea’s Hyeon Chung after Chung retired injured from their semifinal at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Andy Brownbill/The Associated Press)

For download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Semifinals.pdf

Match completed Friday (Australian time):

Roger Federer (SUI) (2) def. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 3-0
Six players had match winner correct
One player (Eva) had match score correct

Eva was the big mover in the Semifinals round earning a near-perfect score of 94. Eva was the only player to have all four match winners correct and was also the only player with three match scores correct. Serene remains our leader, while Michael and Eva occupy the two prize spots, with two game rounds to go.

The next two evenings will feature the women’s and men’s finals; please don’t forget to submit your predictions by 3 PM each of the next two days.

Overall
1 Serene Ford 147
2 Michael Poplawski 130
3 Eva Kafkova 118
4 John Lo 100
5 Sherri Andrews 89
6 Wes Zetaruk 76
7 Petr Havlik 38
Semifinals
Men Women
CIL 3-0 EDM HAL 2-1 KER
CHU 0-3 FED MER 0-2 WOZ
1 Eva Kafkova 94
2 Serene Ford 81
3 Michael Poplawski 78
4 Sherri Andrews 51
5 John Lo 48
Wes Zetaruk 48
7 Petr Havlik 14
Quarterfinals
1 Serene Ford 66
2 John Lo 52
Michael Poplawski 52
4 Sherri Andrews 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 28
6 Eva Kafkova 24
Petr Havlik 24

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

January 25, 2018

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!


Thursday Semifinals

January 25, 2018

Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Elise Mertens in their semifinal match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday. (Dita Alangkara / The Associated Press)

For download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Semifinals Thursday.pdf

Matches completed Thursday (Australian time):

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) (2) def. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2-0
Six players had match winner correct
Two players (Eva, Serene) had match score correct

Simona Halep (ROU) (1) def. Angelique Kerber (GER) (21)
2-1
Five players had match winner correct
Three players (Michael, Eva, Sherri) had match score correct

Marin Cilic (CRO) (6) def. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 3-0
Five players had match winner correct
One player (Serene) had match score correct

Overall
1 Serene Ford 140
2 Michael Poplawski 113
3 Eva Kafkova 98
4 John Lo 83
5 Sherri Andrews 72
6 Wes Zetaruk 59
7 Petr Havlik 38
Semifinals
Men Women
CIL 3-0 EDM HAL 2-1 KER
CHU – FED MER 0-2 WOZ
1 Serene Ford 74
Eva Kafkova 74
3 Michael Poplawski 61
4 Sherri Andrews 34
5 John Lo 31
Wes Zetaruk 31
7 Petr Havlik 14

 


Semifinals Predictions

January 24, 2018

Australian Open LogoFor download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Semifinals Predictions.pdf

We have our favourites in each match, with at least five players backing each of our four favourites (Marin Cilic, Roger Federer, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki). Petr is looking to make a big move as he’s picked both Hyeon Chung and Elise Mertens to advance to their respective finals.

Enjoy the matches, everyone!

Match picks Average # of Sets
CIL 5 EDM 2 4.14
CHU 1 FED 6 3.86
HAL 5 KER 2 2.71
MER 1 WOZ 6 2.71

 

 


Quarterfinals Results

January 24, 2018
angelique-kerber

Angelique Kerber hits a return against Madison Keys during their women’s singles quarter-finals match on day 10 of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday. (William West / AFP / Getty Images)

For download: Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2018 Quarterfinals.pdf

Matches completed Wednesday (Australian time):

Angelique Kerber (GER) (21) def. Madison Keys (USA) (17) 2-0
Five players had match winner correct
One player (Serene) had match score correct

Hyeon Chung (KOR) def. Tennys Sandgren (USA) 3-0
Six players had match winner correct
No players had match score correct

Simona Halep (ROU) (1) def. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) (6) 2-0
Five players had match winner correct
Two players (Michael, Serene) had match score correct

Roger Federer (SUI) (2) def. Thomas Berdych (CZE) (19) 3-0
Seven players had match winner correct
One players (John) had match score correct

Serene is our leader after the first round of four as one of two players to have six match winners correct and as one of two players to have two match scores correct.

Quarterfinals
1 Serene Ford 66
2 John Lo 52
Michael Poplawski 52
4 Sherri Andrews 38
5 Wes Zetaruk 28
6 Eva Kafkova 24
Petr Havlik 24

 

 


Semifinals Prediction Form now available

January 23, 2018

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 once. Please submit your entry before the deadline shown on the form.

Good luck!