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Nov 24th, 2004, 10:51 AM
No Star Power For ASB Classic
24/11/2004 08:00 PM NewstalkZB

The field has been revealed for January's ASB Bank tennis classic in Auckland, but there will be no top 20 players involved.

Veteran American Amy Frazier will be the top seed. Frazier is ranked 26th in the world.

Nineteen-year-old Serbian Jelena Jankovic will be seeded second - she is 28th in the world rankings.

Five other players in the field are in the top 50 - they are defending champion Eleni Daniilidou (34), Shinobu Asagoe (37), Marion Bartoli (41), Kristina Brandi (48) and Maria Vento-Kabchi (49).

ASB Tennis Classic director Richard Palmer says the Auckland tournament still has a strong field despite not having any top 20 players.

Palmer says players outside the top 20 bracket are getting better every year.

He thinks the field will almost always be made up of players ranked in the 40s, 50s and 60s, but it is a lot harder to be ranked there now than it was a couple of years ago.

Palmer says the Auckland event has to compete with Australia's Hopman Cup, which attracts the cream of the tennis crop.

He says to make matters worse there is a new exhibition tournament in Hong Kong with six top 20 players.

Palmer says Jelena Jankovic has a sound record this year, having beaten five or six players in the top twenty.

Kiwi junior Marina Erakovic has been granted a wild card with the possibility that a top 50 player could receive another.

Nov 26th, 2004, 07:02 AM
I thought Paola was playing here :confused: :sad:

jimbo mack
Nov 26th, 2004, 08:20 AM
go amy!!!

sometimes cant believe she's STILL around- but its great!

Nov 26th, 2004, 01:33 PM
Tammy is playing here.

Nov 27th, 2004, 12:32 PM
Good luck Amy - she's defending 16 points here and 114 at Hobart 2 weeks later!!!
Good luck Jelena too - I think she's going to do extremely well in 2005!

Nov 27th, 2004, 01:30 PM
I wonder if Shenay will play here or Gold Coast. Hopefully here so she can get into the MD.

Nov 27th, 2004, 01:35 PM
Good Luck Tamarine!!... maybe first time in Auckland :D

Nov 27th, 2004, 02:02 PM
May the title run begin here Jelena :banana:

Nov 27th, 2004, 05:39 PM
I thought Paola was playing here :confused: :sad:i think the same
when start Paola her season?

Nov 28th, 2004, 03:43 AM
Amy should win this tournament. She had an absolutely unbelievable record in '04 against players who were ranked below her (30-2). On the flip side, she was 4-15 against players ranked above her lol, but there are none of this in this event.

She'll have some tough competition obviously with Danilidou and Jankovic, but Frazier seems to have a firm grasp on the other top seeds like Brandi and Asagoe

Kuti Kis&Monica
Nov 28th, 2004, 09:04 PM
Monica, if U come back, play here !! ! !

Nov 29th, 2004, 08:23 AM
He says to make matters worse there is a new exhibition tournament in Hong Kong with six top 20 players

Hong Kong has 6? :confused: I think it was 4

Nov 29th, 2004, 08:32 AM
isnt Monica playing here?

Nov 30th, 2004, 03:06 PM
A nice place to start the year :)
The title is yours for the taking Jelena :bounce:

Nov 30th, 2004, 04:30 PM
GO Jelena:D. TOP 30 starting the season with 10 matches winning streak, when have we seen it before:).
Good Luck.

Dec 20th, 2004, 04:34 AM
Who can tell me,how can i get Australia open entry list,thank you!