Disturbing loss. Is that girl a pusher? The stats don't really indicate her to be a big server/power player in any of her matches. If she's a pusher, or a pace absorber a la Kerber/Malek/Martic I could understand Aravane having a problem with her, but that's just a disgusting result, really. Not a good way to start the year.
OTOH, she's a Serb, playing in front of a bunch of ex-patriate Serbs in a country full of them, and I'm sure the crowd was rabidly on her side, especially after Aravane had dumped out Jankovic. I can picture the crowd getting ugly with her, especially some of those clowns who post in GM. [EDIT: According to this article, the pro-Serb crowd annoyed her quite a bit, especially in the tiebreaks: http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...rrete-la.html]
6-7, 6-7 is not the end of the world, but I would have liked to see Aravane defend her Sydney points and go into the Open with a chance to build up her ranking, rather than have to try to re-build it. If she doesn't make some points here in Melbourne, she's probably going to start a steady fall in the rankings soon. Though with that power of hers, I just can't see it lasting for long.
As for the AO draw, she's got that nut Zahlavova Strycova in R1, followed by Ondraskova-Dokic in R2, then maybe Na Li in R3. Pretty decent, actually. It's the "Venus-Azarenka" quarter, which IMO is the weak one. She could make waves there, if she is playing well and gets on a good run. None of those gals is what I'd call a favorite, so Aravane has as much chance as anyone. She needs to serve well, though.