Depending on which qualifier she gets, she should be able to win her 1R. 2R will be tough but Shahar has been playing like shit lately (but you never know-- Holland may pull off the 'upset'). And who knows what we'll get with Sveta tbh. She is so up and down like Sabine. If she makes it to the 4R to play Masha then I'll be happy win or lose.
She said it's very nice in Melbourne. You can walk along the Yarra River in the evening, go into cafes and simply relax. The first big tournament of the year is never easy to play, you haven't played many tournaments. But you wanted to get better and worked very hard, so it's interesting to see who is in which form. Regarding the higher pressure on her due to Andrea's withdrawal she said you have to concentrate on yourself, give your best, then you will see what happens.
There was an interview with Barbara Rittner and she mentioned there that Sabine was practicing in Melbourne (obviously, as we all saw it ) but that she couldn´t practice serve yet because of her abdominal injury...at least it is getting better and better but will be tough for her obviously!
there´s no doubt about winning easily for Sabine but don´t underrate Stefanie she could make it hard for our sweetie... I remember I saw Stefanie play about two times in Prague... in 2010 she was in top 100 and was regularly playing some WTA events but then she dropped her game if I remember well and spent lasty year playing ITFs... hopefully Sabine is fit and ready to win
Sabine will play in Tuesday. I saw Voegele in Sydney vs Azarenka, she hasn't nothing to answer against Vika, but it's normal. She has quite decent starts in Australia this year, she beat some good players and is accustomed to conditions in Melbourne. At Sabine is a lot of question marks: Is she's healthy? What is her form? What finally is the service? I hope Sabine will answer on these questions by the convincing straight sets victory