The AO 2011: Weakest ever?
I'm trying not to be a WTA basher here, but.. we are about to go into a slam where:
The #1 and #2 seeded players have no slams to their name, and only a combined 5 semi finals? Both lost extremely convicingly in warm up tournaments.
And the undisputed best player of the generation and queen of the AO is absent.
With regards to other WTA stars:
Venus: has never done well here (by her standards), and is ageing.
Henin: is not what she was, and the Hopman cup was not promising.
Sharapova: is a complete mess.
Kuznetsova: can surprise us, but certainly doesn't seem brilliant recently.
Ivanovic: has been up and down for 2 years and now has an injury.
Azarenka: is still a rookie to the latter stages of slams, and suffers from high temperatures?
Jankovic: is out of sorts and could lose to anybody.
I'm kinda starting to think Stosur might be a really good bet with the crowd behind her.
Without Clijsters, the tour would be a disaster. Thinking it over, it really makes you wonder whether Dementieva was right to retire... she easily could've taken a slam in 2011.
Last edited by Horizon; Jan 13th, 2011 at 01:38 AM.