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5 WTA Players To Watch With One Eye Closed

There are some women's tennis players who we can't wait to watch, but whose matches need be approached with caution.  I expect these women to bring great excitement, but also, possibly, great disappointment and lots of sighs.

Sharapova – Maria’s WTA ranking is 4 and she had the 5th highest winning percentage of 2011.  She won the Australian Open in 2008 before incurring a shoulder injury.  Her double fault tendency (since the shoulder surgery) leads to some tense matches. Additionally, she seems to still be suffering from the sprained ankle incident in Tokyo. Eek!

Na Li – The excitement of Na Li wining her first Grand Slam and making a final in another is tempered by her losing in the 1st and 2nd round of the rest.  Eh…

Stosur – The pressure of being an Australian at the Australian Open is enough, but now that Sam’s won a Grand Slam, many fans will be expecting another.  Recently we’ve seen weak follow up from the newer Grand Slam winners. Kvitova, Li and Schiavone all lost their follow up slams by the 2nd round.  Yikes!

Clijsters – The Australian Open defending champion was mostly absent from tennis in the 2nd half of 2011 after both a foot and stomach injury.  She’s back in Brisbane, but will her level of play compare to last year?  Hmmmm.

Christina McHale - She's USA’s next big hope for women’s tennis after a great hard court season in 2011.  But memories of Oudin prevent me from investing too much in that hope for now.   Oy! 


5 Women's Tennis Players to Watch in 2012 

Days away from the opening WTA tournament, I'm reflecting on 2011 and pondering who I'm most excited to watch.  When Australian tennis breaks, I'll be looking at these players and deciding how far to place them in my Australian Open bracket.

Petra Kvitova - After winning Wimbledon, 4 WTA titles and the WTA Champioinships in 2011, only 100 (and some) points separate her from Wozniacki in the WTA rankings.  Might we finally have a number 1 player with a grand slam in their pocket?

Serena Williams - Though she only played 4 hard court tournaments in 2011, she won 2 and went to the final of another (the US Open).  Entering the Australian tennis season, this 5x Australian Open champion is always one to watch.

Angiezka Radwaska - Despite a shoulder injury, Angiezka closed the 2011 season with with 3 hard court wins (Beijing, Tokyo & Carlsbad), taking down a few top 5 players in the process.  If she plays the Australian tennis circuit with that level play, she'll break into the top 5 soon.

Kaia Kanepi - 3 months ago, I wouldn't have imagined Kaia in this list but after her October wins against Wozniacki, Schiavone, Lisicki, Kuznetzova & Pennetta, I'm wondering if this could be her breakthrough year.

Angelique Kerber - When the 92nd ranked player makes the semis of the US Open, they are worth watching. 


The (Prophetic) Road to the Australian Open

It's been quiet for tennis fans enduring the off-season, but on January 1 the fervor starts again!  The Australian tennis season kicks off in Brisbane on January 1, a tournament that includes our favorite tennis players: both men and women.  

Do you recall what happened at Brisbane last year?  

Last year at Bisbane an unseeded Petra Kvitova defeated the, also unseeded, Andrea Petkovic. This was only Kvitova’s 2nd WTA title.    After winning the first tournament of the year, she would go on to win her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon and close the year by winning the WTA year-end championships (and winning a few titles in between). 

How about Sydney, WTA’s premier tune-up for Australian Open?

Na Li upset Kim Clijsters. Na Li then went on to make her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open and then to win her first Grand Slam at Roland Garros. 

See the the draw for this year’s Brisbane tournament