i think this is anna's match to lose and maria's match to win- no matter how you slice it. i think anna will take it in three. she has won pretty easily the last 2 matches, so i think this will be tougher, but she will be ready.
Safina and Vera Z are my pick of the Russians, then Elena D, and Ana M. I think they will hold the top 5 spots of the coming years. If Anna can pick up her consistancy then she could join them. I also think Maria could but as I have said I don't know about her that much.
I am really looking forward to this match! I think Anna's experience and finesse will pull her through. But they both lack a killer instinct and mental toughness. So if Maria has a good day and Anna struggles, then Maria could win. I bet they both will be very nervous.
mmcdonald, Dinara is 1 year older than Maria, not 6 months.