Smiling Dina, Ana and Craig, and a relaxed Venus are all in Dubai getting ready for what should be a crackin' tournament. All the top 10 players are there and 17 of the top 20. Should be good times.
Unless your name is Ana Ivanovic. In which case you already know that the Middle East hates you and you should just not even bother sometimes. She's got a ROUGH draw.
Here's the main draw. Yeesh!
Serena's got an easy road to the quarterfinals, where she will meet Baby E. Obviously that's not a given seeing as how Baby E has to battle The Kleyb and A-Rad. I hope she packed her penicillin.
Defending champ Lena has a fairly straightforward draw, heading on a collision course with Venus in the quarters. Sure, she has Momo in her section but I have a hard time believing that Momo can put two high quality back to back weeks together.
JJ and Sveta are in the same part of the draw and that's a quarterfinal match I'd like to see. Sure Sveta bungled her semifinal match against Serena at AO, but she showed some good form there and I think she could give JJ some problems.
The last quarter is anchored by Dina and Bepa. No excuses, Dina. You've had two weeks off to fix that serve. Semifinals or bust, kiddo.
Semifinals: Ana vs. Lena; JJ vs. Dina
FInal: Lena vs. Dina