Originally Posted by broncosven
dont think thats true
look at Lleyton Hewitt and Adelaide and then playing in the Hopman cup
and Justine Henin won canberra and then didnt go back the next year
yeah but Henin made RG semis and Wimbledon final in 2001 the year she won canberra so then went to sydney as top 10 player and seed. That's a bit different.
Playing Sydney Molik could face a player seeded 5-8 in round1, and sydney always get's a good field so assuming top 4 seeds are say kim, henin, serena and davenport (just assuming they play) that means molik could face any of Myskina, Dementieva, Petrova, Zvonareva, Sugiyama,Mauresmo, capriati, venus, hantuchova, shnyder, dokic - if she plays, or rubin in round 1
So ieven if she doesn't draw a seed it will be an incredibly difficult match.
I personally think she should defend Hobart. Becuase firstly, she should win some matches there which would be a good lead in to AO and good for her confidence. And secondly because part of making it up the rankings is dealing with pressure and having to attempt to defend a title is pressure she has never dealt with before and so would be a great experience. Also her ranking would slip quite abit if she didn't do well in Sydney. But having said that can understand why she is playing sydney, sponsored by adidas and aussie # 1 so TA would want her there, this year the cutoff for Sydney was incredibly high, also it was in 2002 as well i remeber Ai was ranked around 30 and was in qualies
do you think Alicia will need a WC or get straight in?