So the draw ceremony. Marion came in looking tan and fit and giggly. After drawing the top 8 seets, the press corp got to draw tokens to fill out the rest of the draw. I pulled twice.
So you can blame me for the Ana/Kleybs first rounder in the completely loaded Mono/Vika quarter. People in the press room who are familiar with FD either stifled a giggle or shot me a headshaking grin. My reputation precedes me.
Pretty crazy draw, actually. Sam should breeze into the quarters, where she's projected to play Wicky. The Mono/Vika draw is a tough one to call, but I'm going to tap Mono coming out of that. She just likes it here. My dark horse is MaKiri out of the Peer/ARad quarter. Wouldn't be surprised if Dani makes a run there, too if she can get past Shahar, who's got her right thigh taped up. As for the Russian quarter, I'm charting a Masha/Lena third rounder. But you gotta love the rematches there: Maria/Jay Z 1R, Dinara/Kimiko 1R, and potential Dinara/Lena 2R.
If I had to guess, I'd say a Sam/Maria final. Of course, that just might be my wishful thinking.
Will update with the draw when they release it. Until then, feel free to squint.