If not Serena, then who?

Simona Halep hopes “lucky” red dress brings her first Grand Slam on the other hand Caroline Wozniacki says she is playing better than ever as both are aiming for their first Grand slam when the Australian Open starts Monday. World’s  top 2 player will lead the charge to succeed Serena Williams as she won’t be defending her championship. With Williams not ready to return the tournament could there for the taking by the players who have not yet won the Grand Slam led by top seed Halep , Wozniacki and 4th ranked Elina Svitoline. Last year due to Serena Williams maternity leave there were 2 first time major winner Jelena Ostapenko at the French Open and Sloane Stephens at the US open. But their chances look slim in Melbourne Stephens hasn’t won a match since her Flushing Meadow triumph, and Ostapenko was defeated in Shenzhen and Sydney recently. Wimbledon champion and world no. 3 Garbine Muguruza battling injury problems which aid Halep’s hopes 26 year old Romanian who has no clothing sponsor confirmed that she would wear the lucky red dress in Australia that she used while registering a dominant victory at the Shenzhen Open. But lucky or not she needs to overcome her poor record at Melbourne Park where she lost in the first round in both of the past 2 years. She opens on Tuesday against Australian wild card Destinee Aiava. Former no.1 Wozniacki is ranking high after reaching eight finals in 2017 and winning in Tokyo in September  and at the season ending Championship.

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