2016 Australian Open: Jon Wertheim breaks down each seeded player in the women's draw and makes his predictions.
Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim breaks down the women's seeds at the 2016 Australian Open. Read on for the dark horses, top first-round matchups and predictions, and find the men's seed report here.
1. Serena Williams
It’s all about the body. If her knee is as bad as we’ve heard it to be, she could lose any time. Virtually no match play coming in. But we’ve seen her win majors at less than 100% and—on track record alone—she has to be considered a big favorite.
2. Simona Halep
Like Serena, health and fitness are key. The ankle/Achilles injuries that troubled her in 2015 still appear to be waging war. Draw will help and she may not get a top-100 opponent until round three.
3. Garbine Muguruza
More players, more injuries. Retired in Brisbane with a left foot injury. If it heals, the Spaniard has a real chance to claim her first major.
Serena d. Azarenka
* Assumes reasonable—if not full—health