Re: December Showdown & 2013 Summer Events
I think the Aussies have done alright with the draw
Priscilla Hon v Valeria Solovieva - Valeria hasn't won a match since October, and has never played in a Grand Slam before, so hopefully she will be nervous and Hon can play like she did last month here. Its a learning experience for Hon anyway, but its a reasonable draw for her at the same time.
19-Anastasia Rodionova v Nastassja Burnett - Nice draw for A-Rod, she should win this given Burnett lost to Keothavong last week LOL
Storm Sanders v Yulia Beygelzimer - Good Draw for Storm, Yulia's getting old, also on a 5 match losing streak like Valeria and hasn't won a match since October. This is Storm's to win.
Abbie Myers v 5-Yung-Jan Chan - Actually a better draw than it looks, Chan hasn't won a match since US Open qualies, and has been injured retiring in her last two matches before last week. She's obviously still rusty but I expect she will get through, but the sets will probably be close.
Monique Adamczak v 20-Dinah Pfizenmaier - Dinah is like a German Rogowska as she plays mainly $25K challengers, prefers clay, so again not a terrible draw and has never played at Aust Open before. Monique will probably lose a set 7-5 or 7-6 or drop her serve at 4-5, but I hope not hehe.
Jessica Moore v 8-Karin Knapp - Knapp is over ranked, she's not that good off the clay, tightens up in Grand Slams and I think this could be closer than you think. I remember seeing Knapp when top 100 struggle past Wejnert
Viktorija Rajicic v 16-Claire Feuerstein - Claire improved a lot the last 18 months. I can't see Vik winning this.
Arina Rodionova v Maria Irigoyen - Maria is a scrapper who can only play on clay, Arina will win this as long as she keeps her errors down,
Tammi Patterson v Zuzana Ondraskova - Gold!! Don't think Zuzana has picked up a racquet in 6 months, went 2-14 in 2011, losing to everybody. I think she booked a cheap ticket months ago hoping she would make it into the main draw for a cash grab, too bad!
Sally Peers v Cristina Mitu - Mitu is mainly a clay courter, and a challenger player at best. Peers may surprise here!
Azra Hadzic v 15-Michelle Larcher De Brito - We all know how erratic Michelle is, if Azra can hang in there in the rallies anything could happen. Again not a terrible draw, Michelle has had some ordinary losses recently, but she's also capable of blasting Azra off the court .