it's funny how aga's first emotional win against vika in AO now leads to a series of bad losses. i think a lot of people were thinking aga was magical during her match against vika because vika usually makes the win. but people also forgot to see that vika wasn't the dominant one since end of 2012. she somehow managed to win playing ugly, sooner and later, the cracks would widen.
personally i think halep is the next best bet. she is solid, smart on court, cool head, can defend and play aggressive, reasonable serve and return. not much holes in her game right now. and relatively young.
That thread in GM was the craziest and most over the top one I've ever seen on this board, and that's really saying something (the Mozart comparisons, the Einstein quotes,
) You could see that most of the posters (as usual) hadn't even watched the match, but that was a very good example of the herd mentality of this place and the raw hate that motivates most of the posts around here. Vika was dire, and I swear that I thought there was something wrong with her, because her movement and footwork was so abysmal, even by her late standards, so I wasn't surprised when she said she was already injured. Even her Brisbane level would probably have been good enough to get her to the final here.
I am not sure about Halep. The state of the tour is what it is atm. She's very consistent, has nothing to defend this first half of the season and is taking advantage of the current weak situation, plus she's playing on such a wave a confidence, and the rest of the tour are yet to figure her out, but let's see how long it lasts. Errani and Kerber are dragged through the dirt as a regular basis on GM, but it's been almost 2 years now for them in the top 10, and both have slams finals (Errani) and SF. I am more curious to see how far she will go in Slams this year and how she will deal next season with her top 10 status.