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Australian Open: Outsider Predictions

How do some of the most renowned sports writers in the tennis world see the Australian Open playing out this coming fortnight? Find out what they're thinking right here on wtatennis.com...

Published January 11, 2014 12:12

Australian Open: Outsider Predictions
Eugenie Bouchard

MELBOURNE, Australia - Greg Garber, Jon Wertheim and Chris Clarey have their predictions on how the Happy Slam will play out this fortnight, and they've shared them with us - do you agree with them?

Greg Garber
Sr. Writer for espn.com
~ Winner: Serena Williams
~ Player Most Looking Forward To Seeing Play: Sloane Stephens
~ Rising Star Most Likely To Make Second Week: Sorana Cirstea
~ Non-Seed With Potential To Make Second Week: Bojana Jovanovski

Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim)
SI.com
~ Winner: Serena. Wish I had a less obvious, more daring answer; but reality is reality.
~ Player Most Looking Forward To Seeing Play: Simona Halep. Tremendous 2013. Let's she what she can do on a bigger stage.
~ Rising Star Most Likely To Make Second Week: Madison Keys.
~ Non-Seed With Potential To Make Second Week: Venus Williams.

Chris Clarey (@ChristophClarey)
Global Sports columnist & correspondent, The New York Times. Tennis Grand Slams since 1990.
~ Winner: Serena Williams. No ankle twist this year and a sixth title at Melbourne Park.
~ Player Most Looking Forward To Seeing Play: Agnieszka Radwanska. Same as every tournament: a tennis connoisseur's delight.
~ Rising Star Most Likely To Make Second Week: Eugenie Bouchard. After the third round at Wimbledon, she's ready for the fourth round in Melbourne if draw cooperates.
~ Non-Seed With Potential To Make Second Week: Madison Keys. Still just 18 but already a major threat. Perhaps the last Australian Open where she won't be seeded.

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