It's been awhile since Venus Williams has figured as a favorite in her side of the draw of a grand slam. But since she's back in the top 10 already, and is actually seeded #8 here in Melbourne, it's not surprising that with her comprehensive head-to-head, that she could emerge the favorite on her side of the draw.
Her potential opponents include Witthoeft, Mattek-Sands, Govortsova and Ana Ivanovic. This is also the side where Simona Halep is but Alize Cornet, who is in the same side of the draw, has a better head-to-head than Simona and is expected to come through.
Whether Simona falls on the wayside or not, it would be fun to see Venus Williams come through to a grand slam semifinal again.