Myskina needs to keep composure

Updated: January 27, 2004, 12:08 AM ET
By Pam Shriver | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Coming into this tournament we knew the draw had some soft spots and that's how Fabiola Zuluaga -- at 32 the lowest ranked player to get through -- comes in.

It's only seeds in the quarterfinals, but that's thanks to 32 seeds instead of 16. The draw is certainly bruised by not having the champions from the past three years here. But that means we'll have a new champion.

Patty Schnyder (22), Switzerland vs. Lisa Raymond (25), United States
It's a lefty-righty matchup, and right-handed Lisa Raymond has a lefty to practice with -- Martina Navratilova, her doubles partner.

Patty Schnyder is tough. She seems happy off the court and on the court looks fit again. It's a tricky match for Raymond, but she's hitting the ball as well as I've ever seen her.

This is a tossup, except that beating Venus Williams in the third round increased Raymond's confidence. She's going to have a lot of awkward shots hit to her -- a lot of spins. It should be an entertaining match, Schnyder hits a lot of variety, and Raymond hits from all parts of the court.

In the end, confidence might be the deciding factor. At age 30, for Raymond, who has won seven Grand Slam titles in doubles, to have a chance at her first singles title is simply amazing.
Pick: Raymond

Anastasia Myskina (6), Russia, vs. Kim Clijsters (2), Belgium
This is an intriguing matchup. Anastasia Myskina served poorly in parts of her fourth-round match with Chanda Rubin. Myskina continues to get upset on the court. But against Rubin, after losing the first set in a tiebreak, Myskina came back and won two sets pretty easily.

This will be Kim Clijsters' first test since injuring her ankle a couple of weeks ago. So far, it looks OK.

This is the type of match were temperament will hurt Myskina. At this point in the tournament, you want to be on more of an even keel against the No. 2 player. Myskina might implode just enough to give Clijsters the edge. However, Myskina works you hard, so if Clijsters' injury is bothering her, we'll find out about it.
Pick: Clijsters

ESPN tennis analyst Pam Shriver won 21 singles and 112 doubles crowns, including 22 Grand Slam titles.

A top player on the women's tennis tour more than 15 years, Pam Shriver hosts ESPN's women's tennis telecasts. She also appears as a sideline reporter on select men's matches.

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