Originally Posted by JamieOwen3
Yes i agree but still it's obviously more dangerous than the obvious choices they could have gone to. Have they said where they're going after 4 years in Istanbul?
Hopefully somewhere safe.
Anyway, since there's no YEC thread yet, what are my fellow Masha lover's ideal RR groups? Maria will definitely play either one of Kvitova or Azarenka and that could get pretty troublesome.
Anyway, my ideal would be:
the reason why I have Stosur and Sharapova in a separate group is because I'm aussie
and this is the ideal draw if I take both of them into account.
Stosur draws someone she can consistently beat on a good day (Wozniacki) and her pigeon (Na) but drawing either Kvitova or Azarenka is unavoidable (she's 0-4 vs. Azarenka and 0-2 vs. Kvitova) and so for that particular section, I took into account Maria's safety too and nobody wants to draw KvittyINDOORSGOAT. Also a high chance of Na and Wozniacki both being eliminated.
As for Maria, she doesn't really have any problems with the whole field except Kvitova when her game is on (peak Kvitty and peak Masha would be a tight match). I think she should consistently beat Azarenka on a faster surface for sure, and Zvonareva has nothing on her either. Radwanska is the 2nd best possible match-up for Maria (outside Stosur) so she better not lose.
But really, the only player I want Maria to avoid is Kvitova. If she meets Na, she should defeat her unless her game is completely off ala Birmingham 09, 10 and RG 11 meetings (incidently their last three meetings
'm strangely confident and have high hopes for this tournament and I think she will crush everybody on the way to the title.