Day Two Preview
elbourne's second day is another jam-packed day of TT excitement as the opening round of doubles joins the complete singles round of 64.
Rod Laver is sold out as a tremendous schedule is planned. Top seed meelis
, defending champion slowvin
, and Chris 84
play their 2nd round matches on the court. In the night session, Australian hopeful Sunny_Boy
and long-time Australian crowd favorite Dementieva_Dude
hope to book their ticket into the third round.
Hisense is showcasing the grand slam champions as the French's NIKKO84
opens up the day against veteran vamos israel
. US OPen Champion Capriati Rules
plays last against American upstart Uranium
. HenryMag, SloKid
, and hotel
are all looking for easier wins than their first round matches on Hisense.
On MCA, the rest of the top competes for the third round. Gigi., Rik.,
and In The Zone
play their second round matches while Aleksz
hope to use some of the show court luck to advance.
Other notable matches:
Court 18: IceHock USA vs. sd3300123 CHN
After taking out denijs, sd3300123 is looking in good form but the American is conjuring up form that saw him higher in the rankings.
Court 3: manu86 ARG vs. libre83 HUN
Crazy picks part 2 as they claw for the third round.
Another fun full day of tons of matches! Doubles R1 will also begin on the outer courts.
Day One Summary
oday was a mixed day for most contingents. However, Rod Laver was the place to be if you were a seed. Defending champion slowvin
opened up the day with a hard fought victory over juki
and began his march towards a 2nd Melbourne title. Following suit, Dementieva_Dude, Sunny_Boy, and Rik.
all followed up with wins. Although Sunny_Boy won to delight the night Australian crowd, aussie_fan, Aussie #2 fell to Vincey!
Hisense followed Laver's trend as all 5 seeds won their matches as well. Aleksz
won the highly anticipated encounter with James
. Top seed meelis
, Chris 84
, and Luis Santos
all won their way into the second round. HenryMag
clawed his way into the second round and after one of the toughest matches with debut player Randalara
And look at that? MCA followed suit with all the seeds winning also. ITZ should be receiving gifts for placing people on the major courts.
Around the grounds, Ruisantos
was upset over on Court 3. Leoneo
prevented a clean Chinese sweep on Chinese Court 2 as manu86
caused the major upset. As promised, the match with the craziest tips had twelve differences and somehow, FORZA PENNETTA
was able to down Yarden.
Day One Preview
ith all of the first round singles matches being played on the opening day, the schedule is jammed pack with TT's brightest stars. Certain players have already grumbled about their court assignments, one even being audacious enough to say they need a helicopter to be flown to their court! How rude.
The best ticket on the grounds may be the one for Rod Laver Arena. To open up the festivities on Rod Laver Arena
, the defending singles champion, will play his opener against the Belgian juki
. Following the defending champion's opener is Australian #2 aussie_fan
's opener, followed by the 2007 singles champion and 2008 doubles champion Dementieva_Dude
's opener. Dementieva_Dude is coming into the event fresh off two finals in Auckland and Sydney. He claimed the doubles #1 ranking with fellow sexpot In The Zone
in Sydney. Sunny_Boy
, Australian #1, opens the night session and begins his adventure to win the singles title against Ballbasher
. The singles finalist from last year, Rik.
opens his campaign against ^bibi^
who is fresh off from his doubles final in Hobart.
Over on Hisense, the most anticipated opening match between Aleksz
opens up the day. James just missed being a seed and as a result, he drew the 16th seeded Hungarian. World #1 and 2008 Player of the Year meelis
is second up against rvugt from the Netherlands. HenryMag
and Chris 84
play the 3rd and 4th match with Australian newcomer Droolv.
playing the fifth match against the 25th seed Luis Santos
Margaret Court Arena has a plethora of TT superstars. US Open finalist Gigi.
begins play with US Open Champion Capriati Rules
on second. French Open champion NIKKO84
is on third with new Doubles #1 In The Zone
on 4th. Former Singles #1 Hotel
rounds up play.
The Chinese Court 2 is the setting for the Chinese upstarts and TT stars. MH0861
is on 3rd. Australian security will be on hand to hold back wild fans from getting a little too wild.
Other notable matches around the grounds include:
Court 6: FORZA PENNETTA ITA vs. Yarden ISR
This match will most likely be host to the craziest of the craziest picks for the day.
Court 18: adeegee SCO vs. No Mercy!!! POR
adeegee has reportedly been quoted as saying he will have no mercy for his overexcited No Mercy!!! opponent.
Day 2 will be even crazier with doubles on the slate.
In The Zone's Opening Ceremony
Fans' signs in the crowd
Welcome my friends, welcome my enemies, welcome leftovers! It is that time of year again -- our first slam of the year.
I am your host, ITZ. I got the upgrade from the assistant last year. I am the main event. Meelis will be lovely assistant dressed glamorously everyday! G-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s m-e-e-l-i-s.
Let me begin by wishing everyone the best of luck -- except anyone who plays me; tentative to change daily.
How should you send picks? Well, for example, let us say the OOP is this:
Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova TB1
Venus Williams vs. Jelena Dokic TB2
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Julie Ditty TB3
Jelena Jankovic vs. Flavia Pennetta TB4
Please send, like so:
S.Williams 60 60
V.Williams 67 60 60
Ditty 61 61
Pennetta 62 62
And in the PM title, please say: TT Australian Open (or Melbourne, your choice), Monday(or whatever day it is)
You only need to let me know the winner, do not post the loser's name. If I do not ask you for a TB(score) or SR (set ratio), you just need to write the winner's name.
Differences will be posted on time. I will post the singles and meelis will do the doubles -- right when play begins, both! Because we are the best managers. Let us know if there are any mistakes. The differences are NOT final and could be our mistakes.
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. I only bite when the doors are closed.
The draw will be posted promptly when the deadline expires. It is now time to get excited!
Love always and forever,