4th round at a slam is not a terrible result tho, myskina's best here is QF and she was only one round short of that. elena's best was 4th round i think but the last 3 years she has lost 1st round and this year she got to the 4th round and lead in that match. i dont think either of them are particularly fond of playing in australia compared to the rest of the season so i wouldnt say the pressure has got to them already.
petrova got her best result here this year which is 4th round, previously only got to the 3rd. sveta and maria have done their best results here. douchevina, linetskaya have done their best here (4th round both of them). zvonareva is the only one to really disappoint but she was in bad form coming into the open and got beaten by douchevina who reached the 4th round anyway.
so considering that most russians either improved or equaled their best result at the australian open i would say they've actually done pretty well the expectations on them.
Go the aussies! stosur!!!
and good luck russians: dementieva, safina, kirilenko, sharapova, kuznetsova, bovina, zvonareva, dushevina.
also good luck to: azarenka, lucic, sprem, vakulenko, vaidisova, safarova, ivanovic, groenefeld, mirza, krajicek, kvitkova, larcher de brito, lisicki.