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Serena to defend Hopman Cup!!!

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/1...3,00070002.htm

Serena to play in Hopman Cup team event

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Melbourne,*October 7


Serena Williams will begin preparations for her title defence at next year's Australian Open by playing in the Hopman Cup mixed team event in January.

World number three Williams will team up with James Blake to represent top seeds and defending Hopman Cup champions the U.S. in the eight-nation competition.

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will partner Alicia Molik for second-seeded Australia. Hewitt's girlfriend, world number one Kim Clijsters, teams up with Xavier Malisse for third seeds Belgium.

Fourth seeds Russia boast world number nine women's player Anastasia Myskina and former world number one Marat Safin.

The other four competing nations in the 16th Hopman Cup to be played in Perth from January 3-10 are France, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic and the winners of a playoff between Canada and Hungary.

Williams, 22, is mourning her sister Yetunde Price, who was shot dead in a Los Angeles suburb last month.

Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said last week he was "hopeful" Serena and her sister Venus would play in the grand slam event at Melbourne Park which starts on January 19 "even though they have been through something very traumatic".

McNamee, who is also the Hopman Cup tournament director, said on Tuesday in an International Tennis Federation statement that he was thrilled with the field for the Perth event.

"The top four teams each boast a player who's been ranked number one in the world," he said.



apparently mauresmo is playing for france. i can't tell you how pissed i am that switzerland are not coming. sounds like it will be a good event though.
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BTW, Amelie Mauresmo won't play the Hopman Cup because she signed in for the Hong Kong exhibition.


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Thanks for that

But once again we have the pro Australian bias in the seedings I'm an aussie but it's pissing me off
They shouldn't be ahead of Belgium (world#1 in singles and 3 in doubles with 2 doubles slams this year), or Russia (world #8 women and Safin who when he turns up to play will beat anyone). SO once again Australia won't be in the USA's group just like last year when the real final was belgium vs USA which went all the way to a third set super tiebreak in the mixed, whereas Australia couldn't even take a set off the USA

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That was last yr this is this year
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Love to know who is playing for France, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic and the winners of a playoff between Canada and Hungary.

I'd say France- ?? If amelie is in HK- you would think Dechy would defend Gold Coast- maye Bartoli
Slovakia-Hantichova
Czche Rep?????- Bedanova talent and entertainment wise still prob best Czche bbut not ranking wise-maybe Chladkova (although she doesn't play Fed cup)
Hungary- i hope Mandula
Canada_ Maureen? Marie Eve

I can't wait to see whole teams
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Yes I know that- but my point is they were gifted a place in the final alst year by not having to beat either of the two top teams (USA and Belgium) to get there. And conveniently enough once again they won't have the USA in their pool.

Now I'm an aussie so it was great to see them in the final but realistically they weren't one of the top two teams there. And I am saying that this year they don't deserve to be seeded second ahead of russia or belgium, because the aussie team is not as strong as either Belgium or Russia - sure if they are to play them it would probably go to the mixed but I'd favour both Russia and Belgium in a mixed match over Australia.

So happy to see Xavier got picked event though he isn't the otp belgian anymore, but I think he and Kim combine so well
SO happy to see Myskina there, and truly hoping Dani is part of the slovak team

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Please don't do it, Serena and James...!!! Phuck that penal colony and it's outback azzes...!!!
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Please don't do it, Serena and James...!!! Phuck that penal colony and it's outback azzes...!!!
yeah they should stay in south central, that's where they belong
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WHAT!!!
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Please don't do it, Serena and James...!!! Phuck that penal colony and it's outback azzes...!!!
We like Australia!!!! Even though they booed Serena they usually applaud good tennis. I want Serena and James to defend their title. They smacked Kimmie Poo and Belgium and routed Lleyton and the Aussies.
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I found another article it says the rest of the players except for the French guy, it seems Mauresmo is playing here not Hong Kong

France- Mauresmo and ?
Czechs - Strycova/Novak
Slovaks- Daniela and Kucera

Canada - Drake and Dancevic
Hungary - Mandula/ Savolt

http://au.sports.yahoo.com/031007/2/2tl.html


Hewitt plans hectic summer
Tuesday October 7, 05:20 PM


A resurgent Lleyton Hewitt is set to increase his workload in 2004 after booking a hectic tennis program this summer.

The former US Open and Wimbledon champion will play at the Hopman Cup (January 3-10) and adidas International (January 11-17) before the Australian Open starts on January 19.

Hewitt decided on a lighter playing schedule in 2003 following two gruelling years in which he finished end-of-season world No.1.

The fiery baseliner opted last year to use the mixed teams event in Perth as his only warm-up event for the opening grand slam of the year, in which he was knocked out in the fourth round.

And despite concentrating more on the grand slam events this season, Hewitt failed to win one of the big four titles this year for the first time since 2000.

But the world No.8's epic victory over Swiss star Roger Federer in the Davis Cup semi-final in Melbourne last month has the Hewitt camp confident he can again challenge for the world No.1 crown.

Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee thought the South Australian was set for a much busier schedule next year after a below-par 2003.

"He made a conscious decision in `03 to back off his schedule, and it appears that in `04 he is making a conscious decision to ramp up his schedule," he said.

"I think that is a fairly safe assumption you can take from that, so he certainly means business."

Alicia Molik will partner Hewitt in the No.2 ranked Australian team for the third straight year after losing last summer's final to the United States pairing of Serena Williams and James Blake.

The management of the younger Williams sister has indicated she will play in the event despite the trauma of her sister being murdered in Los Angeles last month.

"You don't know what is going to happen and you don't want a situation like Monica Seles where she was lost to the sport for way too long," McNamee said.

"I think it is reassuring for the sport that Serena is committing to this tournament."

Blake returns for the top ranked pairing while No.3 Belgium will be headed by world No.1 Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse.

The mercurial Marat Safin and rising star Anastasia Myskina will play for Russia while Amelie Mauresmo will lead the French charge.

The Slovak Republic (Daniela Hantuchova/Karol Kucera) and Czech Republic (Barboro Strycova/Jiri Novak) return while Canada (Maureen Drake/Frank Dancevic) and Hungary (Petra Mandula/Attila Savolt) play off for the final spot in the draw.

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yeah they should stay in south central, that's where they belong

And, you wonder why people call your "stank ass" racist...!!! Well take a long hike up a short pier...!!!
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