I feel Rus' best surface will probably turn out to be clay, in the same way that you could say that Nikki V's. best surface is clay. Her wide swings and the fact that her below-par footwork keep her stranded a few feet behind the baseline means that her timing issues wont be nearly as evident. Big difference between her and Nicole of course is that Rus simply doesn't possess the same firepower.
Only notable thing I can say, as I've never seen her play, is that I was surprised at Sesil K's. meltdown against her. Sesil K's. game has suffered damage(perhaps irreversibly so) in the years she's been out from the game. Her FH is now completely useless and her serve is Pin-esque. Still, her overall defensive game and her smooth, clean BH should be enough on clay to beat someone like Dentoni rather handily almost every time.
She seems like an all-surface player, from what I've seen. Her defense is decent, she's not a pusher etc. Not a surprise.
Woo, prediction come true! Hercog will be destined to hack it out on the lower clay court tiers indefinitely. Her FH simply falls apart on faster surfaces, and probably still will do on clay against competent ballbashers. She undoubtedly has more time on clay to junk players around from the baseline who can't hit through her. I imagine her defense is much better on clay too. Her draw wasn't too bad. Out-of-sorts X-treme ballbasher, another equally hopeless youngster, and the dire puffballer Duque Marino.
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Quite surprised by this one. Martic's form has been crap since last summer and this comes out of nowhere. After seeing her against Meusburger (lawl) last year on some livestream, I can only remember thinking what a smooth, consistenly big serve she had. Can't remember much about her ground game, possibly a slightly inconsistent version of U. Radwanska?
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Once Petkovic lost, I expected ShellydeB to qualify. Before today's match against Ivanova I thought 2, toughish sets for ShellydeB. Ivanova plays a fairly smooth counter-punching game with no weapons from the baseline, but has some nice savvy touch shots from what I remember from about a month or so ago. It was much to my amazement of course when I looked at the score of 0-6 0-3. Ivanova doesn't have to game to blitz ShellydeB however, so with not much of a serve either, a comeback wasn't totally off the cards.
Best chances in the main draw would be for ShellydeB (match against Zheng would be endlessly fun), Sevastova and Martic.