Maria made the quarterfinals last year (49 points to defend). She was forced to withdraw against Hantuchova because of an injury (right pectoralis muscle strain - chest muscle). I think she can do it better this year when she keeps her impressive form. Good luck
Maria has a very good chance here. Should the tournament progress how it's expected, Sugiyama/Safina and then Dementieva/Pennetta should provide a tough test. There are some tough players in her section of the draw but I have every confidence in Maria, she should better her last performance here.
this is certainly a notch or two weaker than SD
Only Dinara, whom Maria has made 2 infamous chokes to in the past poses an early challenge, but she's not in form right now and Maria is, so I see no problems there
then Elena D whom Maria should outserve then Nadia who's making a comeback.
The way I see it she's definitely the fave to win this one.