best surprise: melanie oudin. this whipper snapper has taken out both elena dementieva and maria sharapova already. she was also a name to watch after upsetting jelena jankovic in the third round of this year's wimbledon. shar's excited to see her continue in the open. next up is nadia petrova. hopefully oudin's streak against russians will continue. she's got a great top half of the draw, so shar's rooting for her to make the finals.
best return: kim clijsters. shar's always loved clijsters' drive and splits. also liked her off court relationship with lleyton hewitt, which didn't last unfortunately. she got hitched to an american basketball player instead. she retired too early in my opinion and so glad she came out of retirement. it's going to be rough for her, facing venus tomorrow. i'd love a oudin versus clijsters final, but that will be highly unlikely i'm afraid.