Ouch, didn't realise that about Rybarikova...oh well, at least she is not the most consistent girl on the tour But yeah, a placement against Q is always the best option. Unless there's an inexperienced teenage WC in the mix as well
An expectedly shitty draw, but not like there was a big chance for a better one anyway - the majority of places sucked. MaKiri is of course having her best season ever, not defending any points and usually does well on hard; this year she only lost to Errani, Serena, Pova, Zakopalova and Kerber playing on it, plus a retirement against Bychkova which I wouldn't count as a loss anyway. I'd say even a set here would be a big surprise.