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Surprise Packages of the Aus Open

In most Grand Slams there are at least one or two players that surprise the world and get farther than anyone thought. Who do you predict?

My tips for surprise results in the Australian Open maindraw include Emilie Loit, Lisa Raymond and Anna Chakvetadze.

Surprise qualifiers i reckon will be Amanda Janes, Hanna Nooni and Libuse Prusova.

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Surprise qualifiers i reckon will be Amanda Janes, Hanna Nooni and Libuse Prusova.
I think it will be more of a surprise if Amanda Janes can overcome her fear of flying and make the trip to Australia. I believe she has never played outside of Europe despite her ranking being good enough to enter qualy draws at some non-Euro events.

If she's been working hard over the winter I predict a good Oz Open for Jelena Jankovic.
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Mara Santangelo and Na Li in the main draw. Aiko Nakamura, Alyona Bondarenko and a few of the other Chinese girls will qualify and possibly win a couple of rounds.
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surprise MD: Anna chaky, Vaidisova, Na & the chinese

surprise Q: Birnerova, Krasnoroutskaya and Karatancheva of cus sd

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you can't really say anything about this untill you have the draw
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but since we're at it anyway...

suprise MD: Vaidisova
suprise Qually: Krajicek
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Surprise MD: Nicole Vaidisova and Na Li
Surprise QF: Michealla Krajicek and Hanna Nooni

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Surprise MD: Panova, Jidkova, Kirilenko
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Surprise MD: Nicole Vaidisova and Na Li
They've both got direct entry to the main draw already, so it's not exactly going to be a surprise :retard:
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I think it will be more of a surprise if Amanda Janes can overcome her fear of flying and make the trip to Australia. I believe she has never played outside of Europe despite her ranking being good enough to enter qualy draws at some non-Euro events.

If she's been working hard over the winter I predict a good Oz Open for Jelena Jankovic.
Amanda has flown within Europe, so maybe she just doesn't want to commit to long-haul flights to go to challengers in Australia, US etc. when she can go to challengers in Europe. She committed to Canadian tournaments in the lead-up to the US Open, but didn't make the flight, probably as her ranking didn't guarantee a place in the draw. Maybe now she has been working like a trojan recently and is certainly in the Q draw, we'll see her in Oz.

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They've both got direct entry to the main draw already, so it's not exactly going to be a surprise :retard:
I suspect he meant that they would have a surprise run in the main draw, not that he would be surprised that they are in it

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I can see Vaidisova making a big splash in the MD. If she goes R16 then that wouldn't completely surprise me. It just depends on how she's playing/feeling etc.

I'd love to see Amanda and Bally qualifying mind Bally making the second round would be cracking! But... ahhh... *runs away from question*

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