Re: 2014 European spring: The clay is more red in the City of Lights
I do think everyone is overreacting a bit, even if the draw is more difficult than we had hoped. Garcia is tough and could be dangerous, but a) her form has dipped and b) if Ana can't beat the likes of Garcia, then we've really been overestimating her form this year.
From that point, I am not worried in the slighest about Svitolina. Ana was TERRIBLE in their Indian Wells encounter. If she plays well, Svitolina has absolutely nothing in her arsenal (mid-power shots, prone to unusual errors, shaky serve) that should trouble Ana too greatly.
And then we potentially have Safarova. This match, I agree, could be very tough. With that said, Safarova hasn't been too impressive lately, so perhaps she won't make it that far. Maybe Dellacqua instead?
Looking even further ahead, Kvitova probably won't make the 4th round here. She could easily lose to Diyas in the first round or Kuznetsova in the third round, or Giorgi in the third round, or Jovanovski in the third round, etc.
So, while this draw is more difficult than we had hoped, let's retain some perspective. Maria, Serena, even Radwanska are on the other side of the draw, so there is some opportunity here. If Safarova and Garcia are the highest quality players in Ana's path, then I don't feel so bad about her chances.