2011 Australian Open. Breaking Down The Seeds. Women.
Here's the compliment from my Men's seed report. Of course, we can't not break down the Seeds on the Men's Side without doing the same for the Ladies as well.
1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
Finished the year Number one. Got to her first slam final in 2009 at the US Open. Wasn't able to win but was able to get valuable experience. Definitely a threat to win down under. I think that she will be able to break through and win her first Slam this time around.
2 Vera Zvonareva RUS
Always a threat on seemingly any surface. Had an amazing year. Getting to the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open. Definitely another favorite to win this slam.
3 Kim Clijsters BEL
A proven winner. Won the US open last year. Definitely a threat in any tournament she enters. A 4 time semi-finalist and once in the finals of the Australian Open she's always loved playing at the Aussie Open. She's my pick for another finals run.
4 Venus Williams USA
If there is a Williams in the draw, be it Venus or Serena everyone has to be looking at her. Her sister may be more of a dominant force, but never count out Venus.
5 Samantha Stosur AUS
Stating the obvious here, she will be the fan favorite. Inconsistent to say the least, but has the skill set to take her a long way. I wouldn't peg her as a favorite, but a dark horse. And has anyone seen those biceps on her? Welcome to the gun show!
6 Francesca Schiavone ITA
Won the French Open in a shocker last year. If she plays the way she did in that tournament there could be another shocker this year.
7 Jelena Jankovic SRB
Another inconsistent player. Has all the talent in the world but seems to lose concentration. Lost in the third round last year. I would expect an improvement this year.
8 Victoria Azarenka BLR
Yet another player, more inconsistency. Had a good year last year, but only made the Quarter's in one grand slam, which was at the Australian. Look for more of the same this year.
9 Na Li CHN
Got to the Semi-Finals last year. Definitely has the skills to take it to the finals this year. I would consider her a dark horse to win. Can play well on mostly any surface. At this point I doubt that she's going to surprise anyone after her performance last year.
10 Shahar Peer ISR
Didn't have a great year last year as far as the Slams go. Never got out of the 4th round in any of them. Not looking for her to do much this year.
11 Justine Henin BEL
Justine can always be considered a favorite, in any tournament she enters, on any surface. For being a generous 5 feet 5 inches tall (I've seen her in person and it's more like 5 feet 2) she certainly is the most mentally tough of any competitor on the tour. It wouldn't surprise anyone if she wins.
12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
Aggie burst on the scene in 2008 with two quarterfinal appearances at The Australian Open and Wimbledon. Since then she's been really up and down. She's capable of a run, just not to the finals.
13 Nadia Petrova RUS
Reached the Quarterfinals of the Australian and French Open last year. Has the skills to make a run, but not to the finals. I would be surprised if she gets back to the quarterfinals this year.
14 Maria Sharapova RUS
Arguably the most mentally tough of all the women on tour. Definitely can win this slam, but there are many question marks with her. She doesn't seem to be the same player as before her shoulder problems. A dark horse.
15 Marion Bartoli FRA
Had an amazing run to the Wimbledon finals a few years back. Does she have another run like that in her? Not so sure. Didn't get out of the 4th round of any slam last year. That's about all I expect this time around.
16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS
At only 19, has been rising in the rankings. Improved in almost every slam that she entered. And has had some stellar results in some of the other big tournaments. This could be a breakout year for her. Could be considered a dark horse, but needs to learn how to win before she would be considered a contender.
17 Aravane Rezai FRA
Has been around for a few years, but really hasn't been a force on tour. Wasn't able to get out of the 3rd round of any slam last year. No reason to expect an improvement this year.
18 Maria Kirilenko RUS
Jon Werthiem from Sports Illustrated calls her "Hingis Lite." Her results in slams, Un-Hingis like. If you get the chance, make sure to check her out though, she's got a beautiful game. She doesn't have the power of Sharapova or Serena, but she's got a wonderful forehand and isn't afraid to come to net. A run to the quarters is the best I can foresee.
19 Ana Ivanovic SRB
Since winning the French Open in 2008 hasn't gotten out of the 4th round of any slam she has entered. She has the skills to make a deep run, but it shouldn't be expected.
20 Kaia Kanepi EST
Finished off the year with two quarterfinals appearances at Wimbledon and the US Open. Can she take it to the next level is the question. She is poised to have a breakout year indeed.
21 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
After getting to the Semi-Finals of the US Open on 2009. She did not get out of the 4th round of any slam in 2010. This could have been due to the fact that she did not properly registering here whereabouts for doping tests. Her initial ban was for a year, but upon appeal the ban was dropped. Into the second week would be about all that can be expected.
22 Flavia Pennetta ITA
An all court player that has had consistent results at the grand slams. Not stellar results, but she doesn't lose much before the 3rd round. Can't really expect anything different here
23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
Dangerous lower seeded player. She has 2 grand slams to her name. Question is, can she be consistent enough to get her name engraved on a third title and come one step closer to achieving a career slam? Definitely a dark horse.
24 Alisa Kleybanova RUS
Hasn't had stellar results in any grand slam. Don't expect much from her here.
25 Petra Kvitova CZE
Had her coming out party last year, reaching the Semi finals of Wimbledon. Has the skills to go deep into a tournament. A dangerous opponent for any of the seeds above her.
26 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP
Plays her best on Clay. Hard to believe from a Spanish player isn't it. Not a threat at the Australian open. Expect 3rd round at the most.
27 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU
Another newcomer to the seeds, hasn't bee out of the third round in any slam. There should be improvement this year though. Could be very dangerous as a lower seed.
28 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
Has won some tournaments but is highly inconsistent. The mental toughness just isn't there, which is a shame. She has all the skills to make a grand slam champion, just doesn't have the confidence to do it. Expect another dissapointing performance.
29 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
Who will win the Australian open?
Plays her best on clay, but is formidable on any surface. Reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2009. A dark horse. Might put her higher if we were at the French Open.
30 Andrea Petkovic GER
Just got in as a seed. Has not have results in any of the slams that would make any one take notice. Don't expect any fireworks this year.
31 Lucie Safarova CZE
Been around for a while, but never has had any stellar results. Didn't get out of the second round of any slam last year. I don't see an deep run for her at all.
32 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
Reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2010. Which was her best tournament result. She has the skills to make a deep run this year. I would consider her a dark horse.
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