Nine for Novak as Djokovic Downs Medvedev in Three Sets

February 21, 2021
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Novak Djokovic, seen above, celebrates his victory over Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final on Sunday in Melbourne. (Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Match completed Sunday

DJO 3 MED 0
3 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct


Our Game

A Djokovic win predicted by Eva, Michael and Serene eared the trio the top three spots in our game. Congratulations!

I hope all players enjoyed this Australian Open Prediction Challenge! and the chance to match wits with other tennis fans! Thank you for playing! ~ Michael

Overall
🥇 Eva Kafkova 300
🥈 Michael Poplawski 267
🥉 Serene Ford 265
4 Wes Zetaruk 195
5 John Lo 177
6 Petr Havlik 34
Men’s Final
1 Eva Kafkova 85
Serene Ford 85
Michael Poplawski 85
4 Wes Zetaruk 0
John Lo 0
Petr Havlik 0
Women’s Final
1 Eva Kafkova 100
Serene Ford 100
Michael Poplawski 100
Wes Zetaruk 100
5 John Lo 70
6 Petr Havlik 0
Semifinals
1 John Lo 88
2 Wes Zetaruk 61
3 Michael Poplawski 48
4 Eva Kafkova 47
5 Serene Ford 44
6 Petr Havlik 34
Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 68
2 Serene Ford 36
3 Michael Poplawski 34
Wes Zetaruk 34
5 John Lo 19
6 Petr Havlik 0

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021

Prizes
🥇 $30.00 🥈 $21.00 🥉 $9.00

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Men’s Final Predictions

February 20, 2021

Australian Open LogoWe are split on this intriguing Australian Open Men’s Final Matchup. Eva, Michael and Serene all came in with the same Djokovic 3-1 prediction, which seals their finishing order, and prizes, with a Djokovic victory. A Medvedev victory will put Wes on top of the podium along with John and Eva. 

Overall Standings through Women’s Final Match Prediction
       
1 Eva Kafkova 215 DJO 3-1
2 Wes Zetaruk 195 MED 3-1
3 Michael Poplawski 182 DJO 3-1
4 Serene Ford 180 DJO 3-1
5 John Lo 177 MED 3-1
6 Petr Havlik 34 MED 3-0

Enjoy the match, and good luck!

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Men’s Final Predictions


Osaka Earns Second Australian Open, Fourth Major Title

February 20, 2021

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Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after defeating Jennifer Brady of the United States in the Australian Open women’s final on Saturday in Melbourne. (Matt King/Getty Images)

Match completed Saturday

OSA 2 BRA 1
5 players had match winner correct
4 players had match score correct


Our Game

Four players predicted a 2-0 Osaka victory including Michael who has moved into the third prize spot behind Wes. Eva continues to lead with the final round of the game game to play.

Overall
1 Eva Kafkova 215
2 Wes Zetaruk 195
3 Michael Poplawski 182
4 Serene Ford 180
5 John Lo 177
6 Petr Havlik 34
Women’s Final
1 Eva Kafkova 100
Serene Ford 100
Michael Poplawski 100
Wes Zetaruk 100
5 John Lo 70
6 Petr Havlik 0
Semifinals
1 John Lo 88
2 Wes Zetaruk 61
3 Michael Poplawski 48
4 Eva Kafkova 47
5 Serene Ford 44
6 Petr Havlik 34
Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 68
2 Serene Ford 36
3 Michael Poplawski 34
Wes Zetaruk 34
5 John Lo 19
6 Petr Havlik 0

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Women’s Final

Please ensure your predictions are submitted on time Saturday evening in respect of the Men’s Final taking place Sunday (Australian Time).

Prizes
🥇 $30.00 🥈 $21.00 🥉 $9.00

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Women’s Final Predictions

February 19, 2021

Australian Open LogoNaomi Osaka is the overwhelming favourite to capture her second Australian Open and fourth Grand Slam title overall as she faces Jennifer Brady Saturday in Melbourne.

Match Picks Average # of Sets
BRA 1 OSA 5 2.33

Enjoy the match, and good luck!

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Women’s Final Predictions


Medvedev Ousts Weary Tsitsipas to Meet Djokovic in Sunday Final

February 19, 2021
 

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Daniil Medvedev of Russia, left, and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece meet at the net following their semifinal match at the Australian Open on Friday in Melbourne. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Match completed Friday

MED 3 TSI 0
6 players had match winner correct
1 player (Eva) had match score correct


Our Game

John swept through this second round of four in our game, having all four match winners correct as well as sharing points with Eva, Serene and Wes for having one match score correct.

Eva continues to lead overall narrowly over John and Wes in third place.

Overall    
  
1 Eva Kafkova 115
2 John Lo 107
3 Wes Zetaruk 95
4 Michael Poplawski 82
5 Serene Ford 80
6 Petr Havlik 34
   
Semifinals
Men   Women
DJO 3-0 KAR MUC 1-2 BRA
MED 3-0 TSI OSA 2-0 WIL
    
1 John Lo 88
2 Wes Zetaruk 61
3 Michael Poplawski 48
4 Eva Kafkova 47
5 Serene Ford 44
6 Petr Havlik 34
     
Quarterfinals
  
1 Eva Kafkova 68
2 Serene Ford 36
3 Michael Poplawski 34
  Wes Zetaruk 34
5 John Lo 19
6 Petr Havlik 0

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Semifinals

Please ensure your predictions are submitted on time Friday and Saturday evenings in respect of the Women’s Final and Men’s Final taking place Saturday and Sunday (Australian Time).

Prizes
🥇 $30.00 🥈 $21.00 🥉 $9.00

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Women’s Final and Men’s Final Prediction Forms are Now Available

February 18, 2021

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!


Osaka to Meet Brady, Djokovic Awaits Second Finalist

February 18, 2021

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Once again, Serena Williams came within reach of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, playing well enough to get to the closing days of a major tournament. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

Matches completed Thursday

OSA 2 WIL 0
3 players (Michael, John, Wes) had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

BRA 2 MUC 1
1 player (John) had match winner correct
1 player (John) had match score correct

DJO 3 KAR 0
6 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct


Our Game

Overall
1 John Lo 90
2 Eva Kafkova 85
3 Wes Zetaruk 78
4 Serene Ford 66
5 Michael Poplawski 65
6 Petr Havlik 17
Semifinals
Men Women
DJO 3-0 KAR MUC 1-2 BRA
MED – TSI OSA 2-0 WIL
1 John Lo 71
2 Wes Zetaruk 44
3 Michael Poplawski 31
4 Serene Ford 30
5 Eva Kafkova 17
Petr Havlik 17

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Semifinals 02-18

Prizes
🥇 $30.00 🥈 $21.00 🥉 $9.00

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Semifinals Predictions

February 17, 2021

Australian Open LogoTo probably nobody’s surprise, the Naomi Osaka-Serena Williams match will be the key to this round as we are split evenly on who will win. The other women’s semifinal has a heavy favourite in Karolina Muchova, while the men’s side has nobody expecting anything other than a Novak Djokovic-Daniil Medvedev final

Match picks Average # of Sets
DJO 6 KAR 0 3.67
MED 6 TSI 0 4.00
MUC 5 BRA 1 3.33
OSA 3 WIL 3 2.83

Good luck!

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Semifinals Predictions


Semifinals Prediction Form Now Available

February 17, 2021

Australian Open LogoThe Semifinals Prediction 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!


Quarterfinals Results

February 17, 2021

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Rafael Nadal was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, ending the Spaniard’s quest for a record 21st Grand Slam singles title. (Getty Images)

Matches completed Wednesday

MUC 2 BAR 1
1 player (Eva) had match winner correct
1 player (Eva) had match score correct

BRA 2 PEG 1
5 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

MED 3 RUB 0
5 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

TSI 3 NAD 2
0 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct


Our Game

Eva got off to a great start in the first round of four in our game as the only player with six match winners correct and three match scores exactly right.

Quarterfinals
1 Eva Kafkova 68
2 Serene Ford 36
3 Michael Poplawski 34
Wes Zetaruk 34
5 John Lo 19
6 Petr Havlik 0

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2021 Quarterfinals

Prizes
🥇 $30.00 🥈 $21.00 🥉 $9.00

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