Re: The Valeria Savinykh Cheering Thread!
Valeriya was beset by injuries in 2012, and although she briefly broke into the Top 100 for the first time, she ultimately ended the year ranked lower than in 2011.
I saw Valeriya play at the USO, and my honest opinion is that she's not really Top 100 material, unless she works on her fitness and serve, but maybe she'll prove me wrong in 2013.
Her Sydney q-draw:
(3)Nina Bratchikova (RUS) v Valeria Savinykh (RUS)
(wc)Stephanie Bengson (AUS) v Sacha Jones (AUS)
Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) v Julia Glushko (ISR)
Yue-Yue Hu (CHN) v (5)Lauren Davis (USA)
I think this is a good draw for Lera. Nina has been mentally shaky, a total 160 from last year, and Lera leads their h2h 1:0. Although that match was on clay, if she comes into the match healthy and confident, she has a reasonable chance to pull the upset.
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