Serena Williams is back and she says she's healthy.
That's good enough for me!
Seriously, though, I am picking her to win her sixth Aussie title and even more so than her ability, I think her experience is what will help her get through. The women's game is so deep right now that it usually comes down to intangibles when determining a winner. Williams definitely has those!
Anyway, here's how I see it, from the round of 16 on:
Fourth Round Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Lucie Safarova (24) Kim Clijsters (11) vs. Li Na (5) Victoria Azarenka (3) vs. Flavia Pennetta (19) Julia Goerges (22) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (8) Kaia Kanepi (25) vs. Serena Williams Svetlana Kuznetsova (18) vs. Angelique Kerber (30) Nadia Petrova (29) vs. Marion Bartoli (9) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (15) vs. Maria Kirilenko (27)
Quarterfinals Wozniacki vs. Clijsters Azarenka vs. Radwanska Williams vs. Kuznetsova Petrova vs. Kirilenko
Semifinals Azarenka vs. Clijsters Williams vs. Kirilenko
Final Williams over Azarenka
And that's that on that! Azarenka's playing well to start the season, but facing Serena in a Slam final could be too much.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.