2015 Australian Open Draw Analysis: Biggest Losers

Caroline Wozniacki: The Dane has been dealt a killer draw. Caroline is once again in the same quarter as Serena Williams but she will have her work cut out to even reach the quarter-finals.

Caroline faces the talented Taylor Townsend in the opening round, the young American challenged Wozniacki last week in Auckland but Caro eventually prevailed in straight sets. Caroline will then face the winner of Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens in the second round. Both would be tough opponents but particularly the two time time champion.

 

If Caroline manages to progress to the third round she is projected to meet 25th seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Strycova defeated Wozniacki at Wimbledon last year and pushed her all the way in a tight three set match in Auckland last week. Wozniacki is then projected to meet last years finalist Dominika Cibulkova whilst Alize Cornet is another potential fourth round opponent.

It would take an almighty effort or a lot of luck for Caroline to navigate her way through this quarter of the draw.

Agnieszka Radwanska: Aga has been dealt a fairly tricky draw. The sixth seed will face Kurumi Nara in the opening round, which certainly isn't the easiest first round matchup. Aga does however have a good record against Nara.

In the third round Aga is projected to face 30th seed Varvara Lepchenko, the American has defeated Aga in their two most recent encounters (both late last season). Aga could also face Tomljanovic in the third round, the talented youngster famously defeated Aga at Roland Garros last year in a stunning performance.

 

In the fourth round Aga could run into either Venus Williams or Flavia Pennetta. Venus has made a fantastic start to the season, defeating Wozniacki in the Auckland final. A fully fit and healthy Venus Williams would pose a massive threat to Aga. Pennetta would also be a dangerous matchup, the Italian smashed a wounded Radwanska in the final at Indian Wells last year.

If Aga gets to the Quarter-finals stage she is likely to run into 4th seed Petra Kvitova, an opponent she has struggled with in the past. It's not a disastrous draw but it could have been much better.

Dominika Cibulkova: it was never going to be easy for Dominika Cibulkova to defend her finalist points from last year, given the draw she has been dealt it's going to be even harder.

Domi has landed in the top quarter which is clearly the toughest quarter of the draw as it features the likes of Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Jankovic.

 

Domi faces Kirsten Flipkens in the opening round. Flipkens has twice defeated the Slovakian and despite not being in the greatest form will pose a threat to Domi who is also not in great form. Domi is projected to face Alize Cornet in the third round, despite the fact that Domi has a perfect record against Cornet, the Frenchwoman would be a difficult opponent.

In the fourth round Domi is likely to face either Victoria Azarenka or Caroline Wozniacki, the Slovakian will start as an outsider in either one of those matchups. Having Serena Williams in her quarter is the final blow, an opponent she has not beaten.

It's extremely difficult to see Domi emulating her run to final last year given her extremely tough draw.

Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka are also amongst those that have not fared well. They find themselves in by far the toughest section of the draw and will meet in what is clearly the toughest first round matchup. It was just two years ago that these two met in the Semi-Finals at the same event. The winner of this match will then probably face Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

 

Ultimately anyone in the stacked first quarter of the draw can consider themselves unlucky.

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