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Question Hopman Cup 04..who will win?

Not sure if anyone has made a post on the teams etc for the Hopman cup, I havn't seen one so will start one here, if someone already has I appologise There seem to be some interesting match-ups (Lleyton vs Kimmy in Round Robin ) Serena vs Amelie.

Group A

(1) U.S.A - S.Williams/J.Blake
(4) Russia - A.Myskina/M.Safin
France - A.Mauresmo/F.Santoro
Czech Rep - B.Strykova/J.Novak

Group B

(2) Australia - A.Molik/L.Hewitt (yay!! )
(3) Belgium - K.Clijsters/X.Malisse
Slovak Rep - D.Hantuchova/K.Kucera
Qualifier

Qualifying between

Canada - M.Drake/F.Dancevic
Hungary - P.Mandula/A.Savolt


They are interesting draws (of course I hope the Aussies win ) I think this year the mixed doubles is going to be sooo crucial....France will always be dangerous in a mixed, as Santoro is such a great doubles player....as with Slovak Rep...Daniela has proven herself as a mixed player. I think Belgium will depend on how well Malisse plays, as he really doesn't know where he is on a mixed court.

What are your'e thoughts? My pic is U.S.A vs Australia again....but there is always room for an upset or 2

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Ummmmmmmmm I thought they said in last years telecast that Wayne and Amanda would be back for 2004....doesn't seem the same without them in the field

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Yeah, I am going this year.

I will see Serena v.s MoMo and Serena vs. Myskina!! (Plus the mens and mixed for those sessions!).

I think that the USA will probably be in the final again, but like you said, the mixed will be crucial this time around because most of the teams have a weaker player.

Should be intersesting.

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U.S.A. is pretty much a lock for at least the finals, provided Serena is healthy....plus I can´t see someone really beating them any mixed doubles either.

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Looks like there are going to be quite a few matches decided on the doubles.
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U.S.A. is pretty much a lock for at least the finals, provided Serena is healthy....plus I can´t see someone really beating them any mixed doubles either.
I think Russia and France will give USA all they can handle. Safin is much better than Blake, hands down, and Santoro is at least as good as Blake.
And Serena will be rusty. And in mixed doubles they will be a dead meat. I think the finalist will be decided in Russia-France match. Two very interesting matchups, Mauresmo-Myskina, Safin-Santoro ..

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Looks like there are going to be quite a few matches decided on the doubles.

Yuppers.....the mixed only goes 2 sets, 10pt tie-breaker in the 3rd, seems to happen alot at the hopman cup (tie-breaker that is)...still for me the most interesting thing will be the mixed between Australia and Belgium. If Alicia and Xavier were going out together (not a bad image I must say) would be most entertaining. Would be up to Lleyton to make it a live rubber...(oops rubber...I shouldn't say that when speaking of Lleyton and Kimmy in a match ). Alicia played with Kimmy at Hope Is. a few years back in doubles...and apparently from the footage I saw last year Lleyton and Xavier are pretty good friends.

I still will never forget that match between Monica and Reggi years back....a classic match that seems to have been forgotten at the Hopman Cup. Both were rusty...but two fantastic battlers trying to get an edge. Tie-Breaker 3rd set.

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I think Russia and France will give USA all they can handle. Safin is much better than Blake, hands down, and Santoro is at least as good as Blake.
And Serena will be rusty. And in mixed doubles they will be a dead meat. I think the finalist will be decided in Russia-France match. Two very interesting matchups, Mauresmo-Myskina, Safin-Santoro ..
i doubt safin even plays. but they could give them trouble. but serena warms up quick. rust seems to disaper quickly in comeback matches by both sisters.

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I've always wondered something about that Hopman cup : how do they choose the player ?
For example, why can't Justine play it ? Or maybe, she doesn't want !!
But, if both Justine and kim want to play, who will be chosen ?
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Great to see Hewitt/Molik team up again to
defend the title. Really; they were really entertaining
to watch. I hope we get "LIVE" coverage again.

Myskina/Safin sounds interesting. Can't wait for the
emotional theatrics.
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The top-ranked player in each country gets first right of refusal, so Justine couldn't play (had she wanted to) once Kim had decided to. I'd like to see Justine & Olivier Rochus play together sometime though... maybe next year.
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I've always wondered something about that Hopman cup : how do they choose the player ?
For example, why can't Justine play it ? Or maybe, she doesn't want !!
But, if both Justine and kim want to play, who will be chosen ?
I think the highest player is asked first.

I remember last year Serena contacted Paul McNamee (the tournament direector) before she became no.1 (around March I think) and expressed interest of playing the Hopman Cup.. he told her the no.1 American player would be contacted first when they start making arrangements for next year's tournament.

I guess if the the country's no.1 player does not want to play they go down the rankings....


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