Now that the year’s first major tournament is in the books, it’s time to start thinking about the Grand Slam. Can any of the Australian Open winners roll through Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well? Let’s set some odds...
Novak Djokovic 10-1
Sure, the World No. 1 looked awfully darn good Down Under. But the Australian Open is his favorite major for a reason: the high-bouncing, medium-pace hard court is perfect for his aggressive defense. He has to be considered the favorite at the French Open, seeing as seven-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal hasn’t played a match in more than six months. But then will come Wimbledon. If Nole has the year’s second major under his belt, the pressure in England will be intense.
Victoria Azarenka 10-1
Vika’s chances at the Grand Slam are as good as Nole’s? You bet. Consistency and desire count. Serena Williams is the best in the world -- but only on her good days. The fact is, she’s 31 and increasingly prone to physical breakdowns and error-strewn matches. This year, Azarenka definitely will start to chip away at the American’s dominating lead in their head-to-head matches.