no doubt the 5 contenders are clijsters, henin, davenport, mauresmo and capriati.
davenport, capriati and henin should move through to the semis comfortably. clijsters and mauresmo play each other in the quarters so one of them can't make the semis and with mauresmo being beaten by dementieva the other week i think kim will get through that altough an upset is possible. either way the winner could be a bit tired from that match and would probably play davenport. i don't see kim losing to davenport but mauresmo may however i do pick kim to get through that half of the draw. then a henin/capriati semi-final. justine is on fire but capriati is playing pretty well herself. both have had pretty easy draws. but justines has been easier (capriati had dementieva who is very difficult). i want capriati to win the tournament but i just don't see justine losing with the form she showed against safina (except for the last 4 games).
even though it is hardcourt i think justine will win the whole thing. kims had a pretty tough draw and she has the hardest quarter-final match so if her quarter-final and semi-final are long matches (and they could be) she may not be as fresh as justine.
Go the aussies! stosur!!!
and good luck russians: dementieva, safina, kirilenko, sharapova, kuznetsova, bovina, zvonareva, dushevina.
also good luck to: azarenka, lucic, sprem, vakulenko, vaidisova, safarova, ivanovic, groenefeld, mirza, krajicek, kvitkova, larcher de brito, lisicki.