Garbine Muguruza could be the next big star on the WTA. The 22-year old 2015 Wimbledon runner-up goes into the 2016 Australian Open ranked #3 in the world. She has the shots, size and power to give anybody a problem on a given day. However, question marks surround her injured foot. Will her movement be hampered on the hard courts in Melbourne under a sweltering summer sun. She will be tested immediately by 20-year old rising Estonian Anett Kontaveit. Should Gabi win, she’ll have to face either Kirsten Flipkens or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. If Muguruza can’t move well on her foot, all three of those opponents could be tricky.
The marquee fourth round potential match up in Gabi’s section would be her against 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. Although she is seeded 14th, many see Vika as the #2 favorite behind Serena Williams to win it all. Certainly, Azarenka’s form at the Brisbane International was impressive. She also has a favorable draw to get to a potential Muguruza match. Obviously, anything can happen. They could both lose in the first round. But if form holds up, fans could be treated to a sensational early clash between two of the top players on tour.