Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Eliteville, California
Re: Mirjana's spring 2013 campaign
It appears that Kimiko-san has withdrawn from the Memphis MD as a precautionary measure, due to a minor injury.
At last glance upon the ALT list, this would put ML-B two withdrawals out of the main draw. I could be mistaken.
If she if forced to qualify, let's face it, she can use all the singles matches possible, particularly given her encouraging form.
The more matches she gets this early in the season, the sooner she will reach her finest groove.
The only drawback of a qually draw like the one in Memphis is that while she need only win two matches to qualify, she will not be seeded and if she does qualify, she earns a measly ten points. With a favorable draw (and being on a bit of a roll), I am pegging her as a quarter finalist or maybe even her first WTA semifinal since 1999 (or 2000) either here or in Brazil.
Then, she will hopefully play every single week possible through the end of Wimbledon. At the very least, it would be nice to see her secure a French Open MD berth and take one of the smaller grass warm-up titles (Birmingham or the that decent grass ITF that she inexplicably bombs-out of so often; I forget which one.)
A wise schedule for her would be:
Memphis (Likely Qs)
Indian Wells (Qs)
Monterrey (likely MD)
Katowice, Poland (Likely MD)
Estoril (Likely MD)
Strasbourg (Likely MD)
Birmingham (likely MD)
Eastbourne (HOPEFULLY MD)
Bad Gaastein (MD)
San Diego (Hopefully MD)
Toronto (Hopefully MD)
Cincinnati (Hopefully MD)
New Haven (Hopefully MD)
US OPEN (MD)
Tokyo (hopefully MD)
This is a good mix of international and premier events, and in geographically sensible sequences.
Of course, such hopes for Main Draws are predicated on Mirjana being close to the Top 50 after Wimbledon.
Wild schedule, but even if she loses early one week she bounces back the next and gets that ranking up for probably one more full year before the children start coming.