This. Vikapower won't like it, but one of the reasons Azarenka and Radwanska are ranked 1# and #2 and have had so much success this year is that they haven't met a girl that is 7-0 against them in the last seven matches.
Not their fault obviously, but how different Petra's year could have looked if she had drawn them instead of Maria 3x and Serena 1x?
Moreover, if Petra had beaten Kerber in Rome and Bartoli now in NYC, who would have she played against in the next round? You know the answer - another two matches against Sharpie, making it five in total this year!
it's cool --
You know, your question can be very easily countered, Victoria has played Serena 5 times (2011 + 2012) and another 6th time in the US Open 2012 F -- what would Petra's 2011 year have looked like if Serena hadn't been out for injury and played her best tennis in 2011 ?
Serena is the pretty much the absolute reference on the WTA tour -- I know you're trying to use the fact that Victoria hasn't met Petra to say that Victoria doesn't deserve anything she's done this season (which is false) as an argument of defense and owes Petra all recognition for her success (which is also false) --
In return though, Petra has won everything while Serena being absent --
You see I don't want to be reaching to this stage of disrespecting players work and achievements -- Victoria has faced Serena 6 times in two years and there's no other players she factually needs to meet because Serena is the reference.
This again clearly indicates that draws can have big impact on top players' season results and rankings, as tennis is a lot about match-ups (see e.g. Federer-Nadal).
I hope Petra is drawn with Azarenka and Radwanska in the same group at the YEC and show them who's the boss.
I plan to start a thread "How would have Azarenka's and Radwanska's season looked like, had Kvitova drawn them instead of Sharapova and Serena?"
1. Victoria, top 10 faced 21, top 20 : 10 (w/l 9-1)
2. Sharapova, top 10 faced 15, top 20 : 7 (w/l 6-1)
3. Radwanska, top 10 faced 14, top 20 : 6 (w/l 5-1)
4. Petra, top 10 faced 9, top 20 : 9 (w/l (w/l 7-2)
So if by your definition draw can impact a player's season so then why Petra with significantly less difficult draws doesn't have a better season than Victoria, Maria, Radwanska and Serena ?
You see, this is why I don't like these kinds of digs because it's disrespecting player's work and achievements -- Petra has had a pretty good season and if we use your own logic she's made worse than she actually is.
SIDENOTE : You seem to not know the H2h of Serena versus Vika, it's 10-1 (I included tomorrow's defeat).
Victoria is the active player who've met Serena the most over the last 3 years (9 times and counting) and 6 times in 2 years. She's also the active player who've met Serena the most in majors (7 times now) for comparison :
Venus and Serena have met 12 times
Victoria and Serena have met 7 times
Justine and Serena 7 times.
Capriati and Serena 7 times.
Mauresmo and Serena 6 times
Davenport and Serena 4 times.
Sharapova and Serena 4 times.
Clijsters and Serena 3 times.
Petra and Serena 3 times.
Victoria had not yet even hit her prime that she had already met her 6 times (Including 3 consecutive times in AO alone (2008, 2009, 2010)). Serena has denied her 4 slams, AO 2009/2010, Wimbledon 2012 and US Open 2012