I like this draw also. Not particularly worried about anything in it. I agree with Patrick's assessment.
Originally Posted by Patrick345
It´s a nice draw. First two rounds look pretty straight forward. 3rd and 4th round potentially tough with Hampton and Stephens/Kuznetsova, but also a chance that this falls apart due to the injury problems of Hampton/Stephens and the general unpredictability of Kuznetsova. Radwanska/Wozniacki is a good quarterfinal draw as long as Vika is close to her top form. I also prefer Maria over Na Li at the moment. The depth in women´s tennis is improving, so nothing will be easy from the 3rd round on, but it looks fair enough on paper.
No I don't like the draw, specifically on the 3rd and 4th round. Both girls will be eager to have another shot at vika. Vika can absolutely not have a bad day in office. You can just imagine all the US media whispering and hoping...... Eeerrrrr. So much pressure.
Hampton, Sexlana, and Scone - it's quite similar to last year so maybe that's a good sign . Overall not too bad, though tougher than the US Open . I think Kanepi could be dangerous if she could get to the quarters as that would mean she's on one of her hot streaks. Also potential Empress/Ma$ha semi definitely wouldn't be easy. She can hopefully just take it one match at a time though and hopefully would be well prepared for those last year opponents the second time around. I'd also love to see her dominate Scone once and for all .
I hope with Ma$ha back and Reehanna's hunt for number eighteen Vika can fly a little bit more under the radar this time than she did at the US Open where everyone was just waiting for that matchup in the final. Won't be easy as defending champion though. Ma$ha in the first round against an American BMS though could seriously be a potential upset and will have the US media excited regardless so that will at least help.
I definitely think Vika will be flying under the radar, even though she's the two time defending champion (I need to say that before the tournament starts ). The question mark is both how her form is as well as that of her opponents. The latter are certainly dangerous, but Vika is, and should remain, the superior player.
Tennis.com all had Serena as their AO winner. I think that's a fair representation of where the attention will be drawn to. I don't think Vika has that much to lose, she's already proved enough for now, and so she can get on to trying to get back into AO2012 form.
I do also think that there's a higher likelihood Serena will go out before the final than Vika.
i just rewatached some of the highlights of brisbane final. actually vika didn't play too badly, only a few lapses, a lot of good rallies, serves was alternating between good and bad but serena played extremely well and focused. as long as vika cleans up her game in the early rounds at AO, she should be fine.