Interesting Potential Early Matches
Kim Clijsters vs. Li Na could be a great re-match in the round of 16.
Maria Sharapova could have a nice match with Serena Williams, but I don’t think Sharapova will get there without having a reliable serve. My gut says Sabine Lisicki clips Sharapova.
Final 8 Picks
1 Caroline Wozniacki vs. 11 Kim Clijsters (although 5 Li Na could make it this far)
3 Victoria Azarenka vs. 10 Francesca Schiovone
12 Serena Williams vs. 14 Sabine Lisicki
6 Sam Stosur vs. 2 Petra Kvitova
Final 4 Picks
11 Kim Clijsters vs. 3 Victoria Azarenka
12 Serena Williams vs. 2 Petra Kvitova
3 Victoria Azarenka vs. 12 Serena Williams
12 Serena Williams
Serena Williams looks fit and prepared. Having a day off between matches that are not any longer than regular WTA matches will help with her ankle injury. She has also had her greatest success down under, so I am picking Serena. I think this may be her last Grand Slam title because Kvitova is coming on strong, but Serena likely has one more big run. Since she is looking fit, I think she wins. As a fan, I think Kvitova winning a 2nd slam and taking over the tour is the best result for women’s tennis. However, many good stories can emerge in Melbourne so this should be a great event for the women’s game.