I like Anna's choice of playing Sydney instead of Canberra. Most likely, she'd be the top seed at Canberra and it might be an easy draw. I like that she's challenging herself. After a week's warm-up at Auckland, an event that she's very comfortable with, it's nice that she's trying something new, especially in a difficult field. For most players, Sydney will be their first event, so it will be interesting to see how everything lines up.
I would assume that she knows she probably won't win the event, but I think that it would be good preparation for the Australian Open, where the competition is much more like Sydney than Canberra or Auckland.
Lindsay Davenport - Anna Smashnova - Lisa Raymond - Sandrine Testud - Paola Suarez - Amelie Mauresmo - Virginia Ruano-Pascual - Nadia Petrova - Chanda Rubin - Cara Black - Tathiana Garbin - Anne Kremer - Monica Seles - Fabiola Zuluaga - Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo - Amanda Coetzer - Rita Grande - Meghann Shaughnessy - Magui Serna - Nathalie Dechy - Kim Clijsters - Elena Tatarkova - Maria Sharapova - Alicia Molik - Julia Vakulenko - Elena Likhovtseva - Anastasia Myskina - Emilie Loit