Originally Posted by EkVraNaamEnVan
Where is the the bottom half?
If they do meet in R2 and Osaka doesn't bagel Kiki, I don't know. No greater time for revenge than this.
The good news is that a lot of that draw will fall apart before she gets there. Vika might be a tough cookie... for like a set I suppose (I don't think she's back to her peak yet to pose a major challenge... and I'm not saying Serena is, but I just feel her recent slam failures might have motivated her to train and deliver even better... perhaps not in IW still - but who knows).
As for my fave, based on social media reports, she's been spending the last couple of days in a lot of Nike photo-shoots and practicing tweeners with mini-rackets... so I doubt this is the place where she'll give her all.
I don't think Osaka is at the top of her game either (the split with Sascha may have been done for good personal reasons, but I do expect an impact on her performance).
So I would say this is pretty open. I wouldn't be surprised if a lower ranked player pulls a Vesnina.