Re: WWW: The Australian Open
This is a tough one to call. I think there are exactly 6 women capable of winning the title. Serena, Kvitova, Azarenka, Clijsters, Stosur, and if healthy Sharapova. I am thinking right now the most likely winner will be one of Kvitova, Serena, or Azarenka. I am going out on a limb and picking Azarenka to break through and win a big event at last.
I give Clijsters only an outside shot since she is just coming back. Still it wouldnt surprise me that much if she won. Sharapova I give only an outside shot since she hasnt won a major event since January 2008 and didnt exactly end the season in a great way. Stosur I give only an outside shot as she has a tough time with all of Azarenka, Kvitova, and Sharapova it seems.
I am pretty sure Li Na is done now. I will be surprised if she doesnt retire before the end of the year. Cant see Wozniacki ever winning a slam now, and pretty sure her decline which has already started will continue and see her drop significantly in the rankings soon. None of the German girls are ready to win a slam yet (if ever). Radwanska seems to be making progress but the WTA Championships shows she still has more work to do on her game to be good enough vs the top players. Definitely dont see any of Kuznetsova, Ivanovic, Venus, Schiavone, Pavly, Jankovic, or anyone else I havent mentioned winning either.