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"I don't need a man to win HOPMAN CUP" thread

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It will certainly all be on Tati's shoulders to win this for France.

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c'mon Tati, the new season starts very soon! i hope she's ready.
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Anyway, here are the teams that would be participating. The standard of the tournament is going down every year, it seems

Group A
(1) Russia – Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov
(4) USA – Ashley Harkleroad and Mardy Fish
Australia – Alicia Molik and Mark Philippoussis
France – Tatiana Golovin and Jerome Haehnel

Group B
(2) Spain – Anabel Medina Garrigues and Tommy Robredo
(3) Czech Republic – Lucie Safarova and Tomas Berdych
India - Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna
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Tati would start her season with a match with Ashley Harkleroad.

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Ashley is a good opponent to start the new year. Tati won't be bothered by her relative power but she will be constrained to stay aggressive as Harkleroad is defending pretty well.
I'm really happy that Tati is playing this tournament because she will have to play doubles. It's the best way for her to improve her volleys and to be confident at the net.

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Jerome Haehnel ?? I prefer Richard too bad he will play Adelaide the same week
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Pff.. Jerôme Haehnel.. I don't see him beating Tursunov or Mark.. Maybe Fish ..

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Pff.. Jerôme Haehnel.. I don't see him beating Tursunov or Mark.. Maybe Fish ..

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I kinda doubt he will beat Fish. Tati really is screwed with him as partner....
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Guaranteed practice for AO! I've always wanted her to play Hopman Cup, but her partner....

whatever, make the best of it Tati!

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Wow, didn't realise the draw for the woman had changed... I'm actually quite glad to see some of those players there... Especially Tati of course...

Hopman Cup is more about match play & having fun then deadset having to win, although that of course is VERY important too... So I am sure that Tati will have fun and I'm glad Nadia is in her group as well coz that will be a great match to have so early in the year!

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I kinda doubt he will beat Fish. Tati really is screwed with him as partner....
I think so too Hopefully we're wrong.
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Well he (Jerome) isn't a stand out player or anything, but Hopman Cup is always interesting. You don't have to have two highly ranked singles players to win. Check out Krajicek & Wessels last year, they made the final and nobody would have thought that possible at the beginning of the tournament. Michaella played well, but Peter also had an upset win over Gaudio in the singles. If Tati can manage to pull a few wins over Nadia, Ashley & Alicia then it always gets the team off to a good start. Even if Haehnel gets punished in the singles, the tie is still alive with the mixed doubles, and higher ranked singles players don't always thrive in this part of the tournament. Myskina & Safin come to mind, one year they were the top seeds, yet played horribly in the mixed doubles.

So even though it might seem that Tati will be carrying the team, you never really know with Hopman Cup.
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Well he (Jerome) isn't a stand out player or anything, but Hopman Cup is always interesting. You don't have to have two highly ranked singles players to win. Check out Krajicek & Wessels last year, they made the final and nobody would have thought that possible at the beginning of the tournament. Michaella played well, but Peter also had an upset win over Gaudio in the singles. If Tati can manage to pull a few wins over Nadia, Ashley & Alicia then it always gets the team off to a good start. Even if Haehnel gets punished in the singles, the tie is still alive with the mixed doubles, and higher ranked singles players don't always thrive in this part of the tournament. Myskina & Safin come to mind, one year they were the top seeds, yet played horribly in the mixed doubles.

So even though it might seem that Tati will be carrying the team, you never really know with Hopman Cup.
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it's the 1st tournament of the year so there might be some strange results. and with no points, some of the players might be taking it easy.

i was reading peter bodo's blog and he reported seeing tati training in bradenton this week. one more week until tati's 1st match!
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