Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
There are many players that I would love to see win the Oz Open.
Martina Hingis- She is too talented to not have won a slam in nearly three years and Martina continues to try and prove herself to be a top contender.
Lindsay Davenport- Lindsay is another player who should have won a slam this year. I would love to see Lindsay win here since this may be her best chance to win a slam in 02.
Serena Williams- With the proper preparation, Serena could be in the final this year. By winning the IW's, the Canadian Open, making the final of the US Open defeating Hingis and Davenport and winning the Chase Championships, I believe Serena has regained her 99 form. I would love to see her win here.
Venus Williams- With no preparation, Venus came into the Oz Open and made it to the semifinals. If she plays the Gold Coast and doubles @ Sydney with Serena, that should be adequate preparation for Venus to make it to the final.
Monica Seles- Monica last won this event in 1996 and she has not won a slam since. After regaining great form this summer and fall, it appears that Monica is ready to be a top contender again. It would be great to see Monica win a slam here.
Mary Pierce- Mary won this event in 1995 and although Mary has not played an event in nearly a year, it appears from news reports that she has been training really hard to get into the best playing shape possible. It would be great to see Mary reemerged here.
Justine Henin- Justine's great Australian summer run began here last year with her winning two titles and making it to the fourth round of the Oz before facing defeat by Seles. Since then, Henin's game has improved dramatically with her making it to the semifinals of the French, the finals of Wimbledon, and winning one title and making the finals of two other events. If she is able to repeat her summer wins, there is no reason that Justine can't win again.
Kim Clijsters- Has improved dramatically since the beginning of the year. There is no reason that she can contend for the top title here.
Anna Kournikova- While 2002 is a rebuilding year for Kournikova, it would be nice to see her have a good run @ the Oz. Unfortunately, Anna stands to lose a lot of points if she does not @ least make it to the quarterfinals. Here's to hoping that she will make it.