Posted: Monday January 3, 2011 9:40AM ; Updated: Monday January 3, 2011 1:17PM

SI.com's 2011 Experts' Predictions: Women's Tennis

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Caroline Wozniacki may have the No. 1 ranking, but Serena Williams remains the most feared opponent on the women's tour. The 13-time Grand Slam champion played just six events in 2010, but went 18-1 at majors and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Others expected to contend for the big prizes include Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, a pair of future Hall of Famers. Samantha Stosur and Vera Zvonareva both seem poised to break through for their first Grand Slam titles after playing in major finals in the past year. Injuries may be finally catching up with Venus Williams, who turns 31 in June, but most tennis people have been conditioned to write off the sisters at their own peril.

Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina have both crashed in the rankings after brief stints at No. 1. Whether they can rebuild themselves into contenders is another burning question heading into 2011.

Here's how SI.com's tennis experts see the upcoming women's season playing out.

SI.com's 2011 Experts' Predictions: Women's Tour
Jon Wertheim S.L. Price Bruce Jenkins Richard Deitsch Bryan A. Graham Andrew Lawrence
Will Ana Ivanovic finish the year
in the Top 10?
Yes Yes No Yes No No
How many tournaments will
Venus Williams win?
Two Zero None Two One Two
Will Dinara Safina be
a contender again?
No (sadly) No No Yes No No
Player of the Year Serena Wozniacki Clijsters Clijsters Serena Wozniacki
Breakthrough Player Azarenka Kvitova Kirilenko Kvitova Azarenka Stosur
On Her Last Legs Safina Venus Venus Hantuchova Venus Craybas
Most Curious About Ivanovic Ivanovic Azarenka Henin Azarenka Serena
Year-End Top Five Clijsters
Azarenka
Wozniacki
Serena
Stosur
Wozniacki
Clijsters
Henin
Serena
Ivanovic
Clijsters
Serena
Wozniacki
Zvonareva
Sharapova
Clijsters
Wozniacki
Serena
Zvonareva
Jankovic
Wozniacki
Serena
Clijsters
Azarenka
Zvonareva
Wozniacki
Clijsters
Stosur
Serena
Zvonareva
Australian Open Clijsters Wozniacki Clijsters Clijsters Wozniacki Stosur
French Open Zvonareva Henin Serena Henin Henin Wozniacki
Wimbledon Serena Serena Sharapova Serena Serena Serena
U.S. Open Serena Wozniacki Clijsters Wozniacki Serena Serena
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