Originally Posted by qwertytx
I like Miki but I don't think she makes a compelling case for a WC, particularly in a US event. She really should have made herself available for Carlsbad Q, but I'm sure her success at Wimbledon kind of messed up her plans and she ended up scrambling to get into tougher tournaments. It's only one tournament she missed out on and if she's really in form she will make an impact in her next few events. I think success in either of these draws wasn't a given since Miki can be really off on a bad day.
No, she was not at all likely for MD WCs in Stanford or Carlsbad, but I think she would have made a strong case for qualifying round WCs in both events, if she had requested them. And if she could not reasonably rely on some good form in the kinds of q-draws we saw at Stanford or Carlsbad, then that's pretty sad. She has/had successfully qualified for 6 of her last 7 events, beginning with Charleston, on two different surfaces with much tougher q-round fields. She was able to count on herself there (I think Cagnes sur Mer was her only flop, and that was a MD match against U-Rad).
Whatever the case, it will soon be over a month since Mirjana has had any singles action. Scary -- unless she and her coach planned to take some time off and have her work on taking things to the next level, with the Bartoli win as the keystone. Usually, however, you get out after a big win like that and you play week after week, if you are a lower Top 100 player like Miki. She can't be more exhausted than other players who have won quallies and then a round or two in MDs.
And, poor Ajmo, Baku is a nice thought. Seriously. In light of the fact that she has done zilch for a month in terms of playing, in light of how that panned out (with the exception of her poor old dog's demise) she would have been better served to remain in Europe, on form, and played Biella and Biarritz and surely picked up one extra Euro-challenger and then entered Baku, maybe won it ... And flew home in time to launch her hard court plans).
She would have come out ahead in the $$$ category, too. And think of the points.
As it is, her post-Wimbledon schedule is bafflingly lame. Are we to expect a thoroughly rusty Mirjana who will now be lucky to find form by US Open time? I think she'll be confident and ready to bring it, but I'm not as sure about her chances as I was a month ago.