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Williams sisters and Mauresmo raring to go

By Emma Quayle
January 12, 2005




Serena Williams, with mother Oracene in the background, takes to the practice courts at Melbourne Park yesterday.
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The Australian Open women's draw lost none of its lustre yesterday, with the apparently healthy arrivals of championship contenders Serena and Venus Williams and Amelie Mauresmo.

Fortunately for a tournament that has lost Belgian pair Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, all three looked healthy as they practised at Vodafone Arena yesterday.

Serena Williams, who has not played any tournament tennis leading in to next week's event, had her ankles strapped before hitting with elder sister Venus. But the 23-year-old, who played doubles at a Hong Kong exhibition event last week, looked relaxed and moved powerfully around the court, seemingly untroubled by the abdominal injury that worried her for much of last year.

The 2003 Australian Open champion fell to No. 7 in the world rankings after she missed last year's tournament following knee surgery, and failed to claim any of the three other grand slam titles. She is, though, a marginal favourite to take the title at $4.25 ahead of world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport at $4.50.

Henin-Hardenne abandoned plans for her title defence after MRI scans revealed a broken bone in her right knee, while Clijsters has been troubled by a wrist injury. Jennifer Capriati, who has not played in Melbourne since she lost her first-round match in 2003, has a shoulder injury and also is in some doubt.

The Williams' first Melbourne session was overseen by their mother, Oracene, who filmed Venus with a camcorder. The 24-year-old dropped out in the third round of last year's Open, on her way back from stomach problems.

World No. 2 Mauresmo, who has been battling a recent adductor injury and withdrew from the Hong Kong event, appeared equally comfortable during her centre-court practice session.

Mauresmo, the $6 third favourite, hit with Russia's US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the world No. 5 who has not gone past the third round in three trips to Melbourne Park.


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All 3 are unprepared for the 2 week battle in Melbourne.

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All 3 are unprepared for the 2 week battle in Melbourne.
How can you make such a claim?

They have to be better prepared or as equally prepared as anyone else! Venus is looking in incredible shape and seems to have her confidence back, Serena will always be confident and her fitness is rarely a question, and Amelie is ultra determined and while she may not be as fit as she would like, I would never question her chances to win. Who is any better prepared to play for 2 weeks and win than these #? Lindsay? Maria? Elena? What a weird and baseless claim!!

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All 3 are unprepared for the 2 week battle in Melbourne.
Venus is the most prepared of the three and at this point, she is more prepared than Myskina, Sharapova, Capriati and Kuznetsova.
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Hardly a baseless claim. You think Mauresmo and the Williams sisters are prepared to play on that tough rebound ace surface for 2 weeks? I don't. But I could be proven wrong.

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I LOVE the shirt that Serena is wearing.

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Im not that worried about Serena losing in the early rounds because she hasnt lost before the quarters in years... SHe WILL be ready and WILL kick everyone's ass.. As for Venus... I dont think so

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Hardly a baseless claim. You think Mauresmo and the Williams sisters are prepared to play on that tough rebound ace surface for 2 weeks? I don't. But I could be proven wrong.
If they weren't, they wouldn't have bothered to show up. At least they were smart enough to stay away from the Sydney tournament unlike someone else we know.
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Who's that someone else, Liz? Myskina?

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Hardly a baseless claim. You think Mauresmo and the Williams sisters are prepared to play on that tough rebound ace surface for 2 weeks? I don't. But I could be proven wrong.
It's a two week tournament, but it's only seven matches, so it all kinds of narrows down to fitness, confidence, and the draw.

That said, there is no reason, besides Sharapova, that LD won't win the Aussie Open. (I'll throw Serena in the mix when I see her service motion).

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I'm looking forward for this 2 week event I wonder who will be leaving standing all the BEST TO MY FAV'S Venus & Serena
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It's a two week tournament, but it's only seven matches, so it all kinds of narrows down to fitness, confidence, and the draw.

That said, there is no reason, besides Sharapova, that LD won't win the Aussie Open. (I'll throw Serena in the mix when I see her service motion).

Ummm... did you see the YEC??? Serena did not have her serve there and she still beat Dementieva in straights so she definitely isnt a sure thing..

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Who's that someone else, Liz? Myskina?
Yes.

I believe she was the one who was soundly beaten by a qualifier yesterday 6-1, 6-3 and then complained that she should have been smarter like Srerena and Amelie and not played in Australia before the AO because something is wrong with her rotator cup.
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