Sharapova is out so you would think the final will be between Serena Williams and Azarenka. Williams is defending champion but as Azarenka beat her in their recent final she will fancy her chances again.
Of course they have to get there first!
Serena’s section. Niculescu and Rybarikova won’t stop her. Sloane Stephens in the 4th round is another match that will be hyped but if Williams is on her game then Stephens’ power will be let down by her poor decision making. She will improve that with experience.
The bottom half of the section is quite weak. Kerber heads the list but was terrible this week. Can she make the necessary changes to be competitive enough to reach the second week? Kanepi and Flipkens may cause her problems.
Predicted Quarter Final : Williams v Flipkens
This section is a little more interesting. A Radwanska heads the list but doesn’t have an easy route to the quarters. Erakovic is the second round could keep it close with Pavlyuchenkova in the third round and probably Lisicki in the 4th round. No guaranteed wins there but of course she will start a strong favourite on the markets for each of them.
The bottom half is also competitive. Li Na is the top seed and looks likely to meet Laura Robson in the third round. Robson will have to serve better than she has been to get anything from that match.
Jankovic has a difficult second round match with Puig but I expect her to win that one. She would then meet Cirstea who beat her in straight sets recently. The winner of that match meets Li Na in the 4th round as I don’t see Robson being able to get past the Chinese player.
Predicted Quarter Final : Radwanska v Li
Once we get to the third round the predicted remaining players in this section are quite evenly matched. Wozniacki, Zakopalova (as long as she plays a bit better than her match with Kvitova!), Vesnina, Vinci, Kirilenko, Halep, Kuznetsova and Errani are all capable of beating one another.
I have gone for a 4th round of Wozniacki v Vinci and Halep v Errani.
Predicted Quarter Final : Wozniiacki v Halep.
Ararenka’s section. As you look down the list of players, from the third round onwards it is a group of players who have all shown excellent form during the last few weeks. They are all also capable of having an inexplicable nightmare match.
It is pretty much impossible to predict with any certainty but I am going with 4th round matches of Kvitova v Stosur and Ivanovic v Azarenka.
Predicted Quarter Final : Stosur v Azarenka
Predicted Semi Final : Williams v Li and Wozniacki v Azarenka
Predicted Final : Williams v Azarenka
Predicted Winner : Williams