I just adore hard draws like this when they don't include any other faves of mine and that's the case. Great R4 match against Li in perspective. Still, her half is the easiest one: no Serena, Petra or Maria.
12 of 13 Russians in the same half!? That's not just a coincidence its just blatant rigging of the draw! In nearly every tournament I see this pattern and its just ridiculous. Hell if it was Serena and Venus in the same half all Americans would go cracked!!!!
she could have drawn serena in her qtr, her draw could have had kim, kanepi, li and serena all in the same qtr with only 1 of them making it to the semi final.
i really dont think her draw is that bad at all. li even playing better now has been streaky, lost to vika today sparying errors, lost a set to scheepers this week too.
caro has wrist problems, only practiced 1 handed yesterday didn't hit a backhand.
dani couldn't win a set off injured error strewn kim.
On first look, I thought this was a really crap draw, but I suppose it's not too bad. At least she's not with Kvitova and Serena. And like you said, Hantuchova didn't win a set when Kim was playing pretty bad and with that hip.
"I didn't play my best tennis, not even close, but I still felt like I could win out there and as long as I have that feeling, as long as it doesn't get worse I'll fight until I'm done"
Your opponent is not the person on the other side of the net, or the team on the other end of the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself - your negative internal waves, your level of determination.
Maria's game is more suited to clay and she is a great retriever. It seems she's playing pretty well in Melbourne and she definitely has what it takes to win a couple of games for set but I can't see her defeating Kim at all. Plus, her serve isn't really that steady.