Re: The Female Contenders for 2011 Australian Open
I would not consider Sharapova a main contender.
Her results last year: Slams - 1r 2r 4r 4r; her only two tournmanent wins were at the Internationale (220,000) level; And with a full schedule, 16 tournaments, her ranking is only #16. There's no 'there' there.
I'm willing to treat 2010 for Sharapova like 2006 for Venus and Serena, but this is definitely a 'show me' year. An outside contender, a la Stosur, maybe. But I would have expected to see Li Na on the contender list, rather than Sharapova.
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