Re: Who will be able to defend her slam title in 2013?
Unlike in previous years, i think taking each slam individually an argument could be made for a successful defense of each one. Of course all 4 would be unlikely, but i think 2 or 3 isn't out of the question.
AO- Vika goes through draws with minimum fuss these days, and the slow hardcourts in Melbourne mean even an on fire BBB probably doesn't get enough help from the court to beat her here. The only person she really has to fear on plexicushion is Serena and she won't have to face her til the semis or final so who knows. Definately the clear second favourite for me.
RG- Maria's 2012 proved that 2011 wasn't a fluke and for all the stick she gets about the weak clay era, she is generally just very suited to clay now with how she likes to hit. Coupled with the fact that there aren't many good clay court specialists anymore, and that Rena tends to go crazy here and again she's the second favourite (as of now) if not the first. She defended Rome last year, why not RG this year???
Wimbledon- Serena, the serve, lack of grass court superstars, 5 time winner,she's defended it twice before. The most likely defending champion of the four. Slight wildcards are that the very unpredictable Petra and Venus have in the past shown form that could match Serena but the chances are slim.
USO- Serena has made back to back finals in 11 and 12, is comfortably the best player on a quick hardcourt, and usually schedules herself well in the summer months and looks better rested than the competition when September rolls around. Plus never defending any of her previous wins could motivate her to back up last year strongly. Serena's hit and miss history in New York and the competence of the rest of the field on hard courts makes her more susceptible to mucking up here though, and i think this slam is the least likely defended.
Stab at next years winners:
Each tournament is important for me, ... Each tournament would do something to my ranking and such kind of thing, step forward for the future. Also I think it's the opportunity, the opportunity to do what I love, to play my best, to play for the people who appreciate what I do.