Re: Sammy's Aussie Summer Swing 2014
Been ages since I've posted in here. Anyway since Sam has already worked out what events she'll play going into AO 2014, I think it is smart of her to play the Hopman Cup and then Hobart. She's guaranteed plenty of match practice at the HC with at least 6 matches (3 singles & 3 mixed) and the last time she played HC (2010), she went on to reach the 2nd week of the AO. Then playing Hobart she won't have to face a Top 10 or Top 20 player so early in the draw whereas if she chose Brisbane or/and Sydney, she would risk facing a top player early in the draw & get knocked out.
With this schedule as well as a new coach on board, I'm optimistic at this point that she'll have a good Aussie summer. But knowing Sam and her recent history of dealing with the pressure of playing in Australia and her usual ups and downs, I'm aware that things may not work out the way I want them to be. For me, Sam making the 2nd week of the AO would exceed my expectations to be honest.
So fingers crossed that Sam has a successful Aussie summer. What I know is that I want her to do well, which I'm sure you fans of here can concur with.