Sunday, January 16, 2011
Women's draw anaylsis.
Headlined by top seed Caroline Wozniacki, the section also features Justine Henin, Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wozniacki will have a tough potential third round battle with Dominika Cibulková, who was her victor in Sydney just last week. The winner to set up another potentially juicy 4th round clash with Marion Bartoli or Yanina Wickmayer maybe even power house Jarmilla Groth. As hungry as Caroline will be to win her maiden Grand Slam, and show critics she is worthy of being world number, I for see and early loss for the young Dane, leaving her position of number one, to be filled by either Vera Zvonerava or Kim CLijsters.
In the second section, there are also some epic match ups worthy of Grand Slam Semi Final or Final matches. Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova look poised for a third round battle and the player who emerges victorious could play French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone in the round of 16. Making this possibly one of the best quarters in the whole draw!
Predicted Quarter Final - Yanina Wickmayer vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
Fourth seeded Venus Williams, will be the biggest name in this section, and with out a doubt the most talented, but she does face a stern test in upcoming matches, how ever despite age, injury and lack of match player she continues to remain a genuine contended for the slams. She will have an uphill battle in the 3rd round if she is to play Andrea Petkovic, and despited being seeded to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round she most likely play Estonian Kaia Kaneppi, who played in career best form in that second part of 2010.
In the bottom section of this quarter 9th seed Li Na will most probably fly into the fourth round where she will have a stern test against 8th seed Victoria Azarenka, which will be a very tight match, which either player could easily win. It will be a tough match, with out come likely to be determined by one or two shots.
If Azarenka can play her game, and not loose her cool she should be prevail, but like I said its a 50-50 match.
Predicted Quarter Final - Venus Williams vs Victoria Azarenka
The obvious name in this quarter is title favorite Kim Clijsters, who will make light work of a returning Dinara Safina, and all her other opponents on road to the fourth round, where she will play a returning now again injured Ana Ivanovic, Nadia Petrova or even carfty swiss Patty Schnyder. The other section of this quarter will be decided between Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwańska and Russian Alisa Kleybanova. Not a very interesting quarter, which makes it, how ever very easy to predict. I hope.
Predicted Quarter Final - Alisa Kleybanova vs Kim Clijsters
Local hope and 5th seeded Samantha Stosur will fly the Australian Flag and a whole nations hopes in the quarter, but wont have it all her way, despite a seemingly easy first two rounds, she will be challenged by Wimbledon Semi Finalist Petra Kvitova. With the winner to play either 10th seed Shahar Peer or 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta.
In the bottom section 2nd seeded will have some tough matches, Sybille Bammer in the 1st round then Bojana Jovanovski in the second and tricky left hander Lucie Safarova in the 3rd, and also a possible 4th round clash with either Maria Kirilenko or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, basically guaranteeing a russian in the Quarter Finals.
Predicted Quarter Final - Shahar Peer vs Vera Zvonerava
Yanina Wickmayer vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
Venus Williams vs Victoria Azarenka
Alisa Kleybanova vs Kim Clijsters
Shahar Peer vs Vera Zvonerava
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Victoria Azarenka
Kim Clijsters vs Vera Zvonerava