It is redundant to repeat that the women’s field in Melbourne is wide open. This is because the 2010 defending Australian Open Champion Serena Williams is not competing,
The media has already taken a big bite out of the No. 1 seed, Caroline Wozniacki, finding her lacking in seasoning, flavor and a coup d’etat at any major.
Previously, the pundits did the same thing to Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina, hounding these ladies, driving them out of range of reaching that ranking again.
Wozniacki, however, is not quite as fragile or as susceptible to harsh, self-centered commentator remarks. Of course, the No. 1 seed wants to capture this title and will do everything in her power to win her first slam.
What everyone seems to overlook is that Wozniacki is 20 years old and her game is still evolving. Just as Nadal starting winning on one surface then improved his game to win on all surfaces over time––Wozniacki has not yet perfected her game.
The No. 1 seed is certainly not the favorite to win. Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are.
Most feel Venus Williams has not played enough good tennis in preparation for the Australian Open to win. Maria Sharapova, they feel, is also not in top form and perhaps never will be again.
Many look at Samantha Stosur to break through at home and win her first major. That would, indeed, please the natives.
In order for Wozniacki to win, she would have to play perfect tennis for two weeks, serving well plus out-hustling any player standing across the net. The question is––can Wozniacki do it?
We will look at the field quarter by quarter to see who might emerge to contend for the title, estimating how the women's field stacks up against the World No. 1.