The Australian Open, the first big test of 2014, is upon us. The WTA season begins pretty much the way 2013 ended. Serena Williams remains far out front while everyone else fights for a chance to take her down.
Victoria Azarenka, ranked No. 2, appears to be in the best position to challenge Williams. Azarenka has won the last two Aussie Opens. Maria Sharapova arrives in Australia well-rested and with a new coach.
Several up-and-coming players seem poised to make a run at the Top 20. Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Romania's Sorana Cirstea finished 2013 strong. They are among a slew of young players who could make some noise down under.
But neither makes the top 20 in the power rankings. That's because unlike the WTA rankings, which include points accumulated from last year, the power rankings are about who has the momentum rolling into Melbourne.