I admit that a week ago I was really worried about Caroline Wozniacki. That her results the last year and a half were not up to the standard she once set was obvious. But then she opened 2013 by being dismissed in the first round of Brisbane and in her second match at Sydney. I thought, oh no she’s heading for disaster in Melbourne. One week later and Caro is looking pretty good, certainly much stronger than in Brisbane and Sydney. That’s especially true when you consider she had potentially the toughest first round opponent of any seeded player in Sabine Lisicki. Caroline defeated Lesia Tsurenko 4 and 3 to advanced to the 4th round against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sveta is the player who beat Caro in Sydney, and is a multiple Major winner, but Caro has to still be the favorite at this point in their careers. If Wozniacki gets by Kuznetsova, she potentially could face Victoria Azarenka. Vika didn’t look so invincible against American Jamie Hampton. If Caro and Vika get by their next opponents, it would set up a very interesting match-up of the current #1 ranked player and a former #1 ranked player. This is, if Sveta doesn’t spoil the party!
When I saw the Sloane Stephens vs Laura Robson contest in the 3rd round, I was disappointed. Wait, you say, haven’t I written about how much I like watching these two up and coming players? Absolutely, which is exactly why I didn’t want to see them playing each other so early in the tournament. I wanted to possibly see them both make it to the second week. As it turned out, Sloane was able to gut out a 7-5 6-3 tough fought win. No excuses allowed in a Major, but Robson did have neck/shoulder issues. Nonetheless, Sloane has looked brilliant so far in 2013 as she matures as a player. This time, I had to settle for a 3rd round match between these two. In the future, maybe not so distant future, I expect to see them play each other in semis and finals. For more on Laura Robson at the Aussie Open, check here: A SPARKLING FUTURE
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