Anna was on the injury list this week with a "respiratory infection". I'd like to think she will storm back in Linz and get some good wins. She has no points to defend here and with a first round bye she only needs one win to start picking up points for her ranking.
I just hope she can find a way to get out of Québec. I'm sure she must have been contracted into it because I can't think of another reason why she would go. They have to have one Top 10 player in the draw or something. Anna will presumably have her Madrid place confirmed on Monday as I don't think she can be caught in the Race any more.
Not the nicest draw. Anna struggled to beat Fran in Fed Cup recently.
She took Kata out in straights at Linz last year in the first round but only after a wobbly start. She was already showing signs of the cold that would impair her next match against Stosur but she finished very nicely in that match. I think conditions in Linz are good for her.
I'd certainly rather Anna got Srebotnik but again the problem with having a bye is that your opponent is already used to the conditions. Anna needs a win!