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Australian Open 2011

The Grand Slam of Asia and the Pacific
Melbourne Park | January 17-30, 2011
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  • renz_reggy03renz_reggy03 Moderator PExer
    Women's preview: filling the breach
    By Eleanor Preston

    Serena Williams is not usually a player to do things by halves, but that is precisely how her 2010 season ending up playing out. She began by winning her fifth Australian Open title, was ranked No.1 in the world until October and yet spent the second half of the year sidelined with the foot injury which will also stop her from defending her title at Melbourne Park.

    Such is the power of Williams' tennis and her personality that it is not a gap which is easily filled, but there are plenty of others who can and will make the most of her absence, just as they did in the latter half of 2010.

    Kim Clijsters romped to her second consecutive US Open title - and her third overall - and immediately set her mind to winning what would be her first Grand Slam title away from her beloved Flushing Meadows. Given her prowess on hard courts, she is likely to begin this Australian Open as nominal favourite to win the title.

    Justine Henin, who Williams beat in the 2010 final in Melbourne, has also been forced off the court with a long-standing injury, in her case an elbow problem which flared up at Wimbledon. Unlike Williams, she will be fit to play at Melbourne Park and as a former champion is another with a strong claim on the trophy.

    Experience may give the likes of Clijsters and Henin an edge. It's the same edge that will be enjoyed by Francesca Schiavone, who inspired late bloomers everywhere by winning her first Grand Slam at the age of 27 at Roland Garros. We will learn this coming season whether Schiavone's Parisian fairytale was a one-off or not but she is certainly very capable on all surfaces, including the bold blue Plexicushion of Melbourne Park.

    The woman she beat in Paris, Australia's heroine Samantha Stosur, is sure to be celebrated when she walks on court for her first match of this Australian Open. As well as becoming Australia's first female Grand Slam finalist for 30 years, she broke into the top 5 in July and, in doing so, became her country's highest ranked player since Wendy Turnbull.

    Stosur reached the fourth round of the 2010 Australian Open before running into Williams and what she learned from being seeded at her home Grand Slam and the way she dealt with the inherent pressure that ensues should help her this time around. If that forehand of hers is firing and Melburnians provide a suitably rousing soundtrack of cheers, then Stosur could be one to watch.

    Perhaps, by now, we should have mentioned Caroline Wozniacki, who is likely to be top seed at the Australian Open after ending the season as world No.1. She has produced consistent excellence on the WTA Tour and has the ranking points to prove it, but Wozniacki has yet to win a Grand Slam. She has been a runner-up at the 2009 US Open (she was also a semi-finalist in 2010) and also reached the final of the 2010 year-end WTA Tour Championships, where she lost to Clijsters in a compelling final.

    The Championships were also marked by a touching moment when two-time Grand Slam finalist Elena Dementieva announced her retirement, to the surprise and dismay of fans and pros alike. Fortunately, for Russian tennis at least, plenty of her compatriots remain, notably Vera Zvonareva, who made the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open and ended a stellar 2010 season ranked No.2 behind Wozniacki.

    Maria Sharapova's season was, by her high standards, somewhat quiet, though she did enough to get herself back into the top 20 after a long battle back from injury and appears poised to make more impact from here on in, possibly starting in Melbourne.


    She and Ana Ivanovic both have the potential to produce the kind of emotional comeback stories that the Australian Open seems to specialise in. The same might be said for 30-year-old Venus Williams, who made the semifinals of Wimbledon and ensured that she and her sister were, for a time, ranked No.1 and No.2 in the world once again. Also worth noting is the Williams sisters' astonishing doubles record, which continued to gather kudos thanks to victories at Melbourne Park and Roland Garros.

    Serena's absence means that neither the singles nor the doubles titles will be defended at this year's Australian Open and the tournament will have new champions as a result.

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    Wildcards for Dokic and Luczak
    By Tennis Australia

    Jelena Dokic and Peter Luczak, both finalists at the Australian Open Play-off, have been awarded wildcards into the main draw of Australian Open 2011.

    "I had a pretty good play-off considering I didn't play a match in over two months, it was a good practice run for me and I'm very happy to receive the wildcard. I did play well and I got better with each match," Dokic said when asked about her form last week.

    "There was a big difference between my first match and my semis and finals and I was disappointed to have lost the final when I was winning so easily and everything was going so well. But I should have kept my nerve ... [won] a couple more games ... the rain didn't help, it was a little bit difficult, but I played a very good semifinal, I played a good final and I've just got to try to build on it. Overall I'm happy with my whole performance that week.

    "Obviously the [Australian Open] draw will be very tough. You've got to go match by match, you never know what can happen. There's always been kind of underdogs that have come [through], especially early in the year as everyone still coming off their breaks, their off seasons. My goal is not to just do well at the Australian Open, it's to play well."

    Peter Luczak is treating his wildcard as an early Christmas present.

    "Todd Woodbridge called me last night to let me know, and I'm stoked, really pumped about getting a wildcard and playing another Australian Open. I feel as though all my Christmases have come at once," Luczak said.

    "I think last night my wife and I were high fiving when I found out the news, so it's pretty special. I told my parents as well; they were pumped for me. I've got a lot of friends and family out here so I can't wait to get out there.

    "It's nice knowing my summer is set, I can play Brisbane, I can play Sydney, hopefully get a few wins under my belt and have a bit of confidence coming into the AO.

    "It's huge," Luczak said when questioned on having a possible home ground advantage. "Especially if it's pretty hot out here. A lot of the guys are coming from the winter, coming from the US or from Europe, so it's nice to get a nice hot day, especially with a big crowd behind you it can definitely play a massive role.

    "I know coming out on to this court [Margaret Court Arena] a couple of times, I've had the national anthem and Waltzing Matilda, people are singing, and carrying on ... as soon as I walked out the adrenalin kicked in and you're not going to leave anything on the court when you've got that kind of support behind you."

    Australian Open 2011, presented by Kia Motors in association with ANZ, Jacob's Creek and Rolex, will take place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, from 17 to 30 January.
    Tickets are now on sale and available through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au.

    The great value $29 Australian Open ground pass gives fans access to all the outside courts and free entertainment on Grand Slam Oval™ and in Garden Square.


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  • renz_reggy03renz_reggy03 Moderator PExer
    Malapit na to! Pasensiya na excited lang... sa Fantasy League. Feodore_Knox? :glee:

    Roger Federer and Serena Williams were the 2010 Men's and Women's Singles Champions.
  • swimbod21swimbod21 St. Moritz PExer
    naunahan mo ako sa pag-gawa ng thread :glee:

    sino mag-hohost ng FL? ikaw na lang :)
  • renz_reggy03renz_reggy03 Moderator PExer
    Hinahanap ko kasi yung thread, wala pa kaya ako na nagstart. :glee:
    Ayowkow maghost ng FL, sasali lang ako. :lol:
  • ricksinzricksinz Anuber?!!!! PExer
    Naunahan ako gumawa ng thread. Aussie Open talaga ang pinaka inaabangan kong GS. Ewan ko ba kung bakit.
  • spongeboobspongeboob Member ✭✭
    hi guys.. i got tickets for this on 17 and 18jan sa Rod Laver Arena.. me and my friend are going.. meron rin ba sa inyo na pupunta?

    anyway i hope they release the schedule soon.. gusto ko na malaman kung sinu mapapanuod namin haha please God!! let it be Rafa or Roger!! or Masha pwede na rin haha
  • monsterboymonsterboy Truculent PExer
    spongebob: You wont know the players until the day itself. However, rest assured that the star players will be there on opening days. Enjoy AO11!
  • perfectionnisteperfectionniste bummed =( and hyped =D PExer
    Wow! Dream kong makapanood ng grand slam tourney someday!!! :>
  • jujujujujuju Member PExer
    ako din^

    how much pesos ba gastos ng tickets?? mapag ipunan, baka 2015 matupad. lol.
  • ricksinzricksinz Anuber?!!!! PExer
    ^Ako din. One of the things that I want to do before I die.
  • 22mai22mai Member ✭✭✭
    woot! eto na naman tayo :glee:

    sana this year may isa akong GS na mapuntahan :glee: :cheese:

    ---

    nag withdraw na yata si serena?
  • legolasslegolass Moderator PExer
    ang aga naman, ayoko nga muna magsimulang mastress out sa AO eh.

    Saan na ang FL? :D
  • spongeboobspongeboob Member ✭✭
    @monsterboy actually it says on the AO website that the schedule will be released on Jan 11.. so next week tuesday na!! :)

    @ricksinz and @perfectionniste, ako rin dream na makanuod ng GS tourney haha eto lang pagasa ko makanuod haha malabo na yung roland garros at wimbie e..
  • 22mai22mai Member ✭✭✭
    legolass wrote: »
    ang aga naman, ayoko nga muna magsimulang mastress out muna sa AO eh.

    Saan na ang FL? :D

    sabay hanap ang FL :glee:

    :p
  • swimbod21swimbod21 St. Moritz PExer
    22mai wrote: »
    woot! eto na naman tayo :glee:

    sana this year may isa akong GS na mapuntahan :glee: :cheese:

    ---

    nag withdraw na yata si serena?

    next year sure na ako dito :glee:

    yup, may bagong champion sa women's side this year. si venus yun*okay*:bop:
  • monsterboymonsterboy Truculent PExer
    spongeboob wrote: »
    @monsterboy actually it says on the AO website that the schedule will be released on Jan 11.. so next week tuesday na!! :)

    Did they mean January 2011? Draws will be out on the 14th pa lang e.
  • 22mai22mai Member ✭✭✭
    swimbod21 wrote: »
    next year sure na ako dito :glee:

    yup, may bagong champion sa women's side this year. si venus yun*okay*:bop:

    naks, 2012 australian open ka punta *okay* padala na lang koala :glee:

    sa women's si venus? :confused: :rotflmao: (walang pikunan)
  • carlhirocarlhiro Resident Teleporter ✭✭✭
    Haha. Atat na lahat sa FL? Sino muna sponsors? Mas importante yun! :lol:

    Lalabas din si Feodore_Knox in due time. Nabubuhay naman siya pag Grand Slams na eh. Hahaha.

    Sa third week pa naman to ng January, kaya no pressure pa masyado. LOL.
  • spongeboobspongeboob Member ✭✭
    monsterboy wrote: »
    Did they mean January 2011? Draws will be out on the 14th pa lang e.

    yup..

    http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/index.html

    *okay*
  • letran_jletran_j Member ✭✭✭
    ilang tulog nalang *okay*

    :D
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