UPDATE: Lively balls for AO 2014. Courts quick too.
According to Todd Woodbridge:
While the $160 million redeveloped Margaret Court Arena will put the Australian Open on a new level, it's the balls that could decide January's winner. In good news for Australia, doubles legend Todd Woodbridge has forecast the more exciting balls as enhancing the chances of local star Samantha Stosur.
Taking possession of the 2014 tournament balls six weeks before the year's opening grand slam, Woodbridge appeared surprised by how they had responded to the Melbourne Park plexicushion. "This ball's a little lively," he said. "I think it's a good thing and it's an advantage to two people. "One of them's Rafa (Nadal) because he likes to get a bit more spin ... this ball's going to allow him to really spin the ball and work it hard.
"It also helps Sam Stosur. "She's had her best results at the US Open on a very fast-ball hardcourt where the ball jumps up and she can get the kick serve and real heavy off the forehand." Woodbridge said it gave Stosur more opportunity to shine at the Australian Open than in previous years