Who’s ready for this year’s Australian Open on the women’s side? It’s hard to know right now: In the season’s opening two weeks, nine of the Top 10 have either withdrawn from a tournament or retired from a match. The physical issue that matters most, of course, is the condition of world No. 1 Serena Williams. Her surgically-repaired knee has been acting up, though she insists it won’t hold her her back in Melbourne.
When it comes to injuries around the time of a Slam, it’s best to wait until the Slam itself begins before we panic. By this time next week, all may be well again. Here’s a look ahead. [DRAW]