View Full Version : Who will replace Alicia?

Oct 23rd, 2005, 02:12 PM
With alicia extended break due to illness who will replace her?
The obvious choice is Samantha Stosur but she has done well going through the gold coast at the same time and has probley already confirmed. Evie Dominikovic would be nice but may have the same timetable as Samatha. As long as it aint Nicole Pratt agian we have seen that and honestley aint to impressed. Hopefully they will pick some young girl, but yet again australia's chances have gone down the tube unless there is a miracle. Oh well i will still be there hoping :)

Oct 23rd, 2005, 02:35 PM
I'm thinking Sophie Ferguson:)

Oct 23rd, 2005, 03:37 PM
Or perhaps Perth's own Casey Dellacqua.

Oct 24th, 2005, 02:48 AM
Yovonne Woolongong

Oct 24th, 2005, 04:37 AM
i got it Sharon - from Kath and Kim. lol

Oct 24th, 2005, 09:26 AM
i got it Sharon - from Kath and Kim. lol

No, she's busy with the Boxing Day test, will Kath be fine?

In all seriousness, I hope Stosur... she will make it competitive.

Shonami Slam
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:10 PM
This is the time to kidnam some eastern block kid again...:p
i hope sammy plays, aussie are the official promoters of the S&V on tour.

Oct 24th, 2005, 11:44 PM
I'm thinking Sophie Ferguson:)
This would be awesome for Soph, because she can mix it with the big guns and it would just be the best opportunity ever!

Oct 25th, 2005, 02:24 AM
....As long as it aint Nicole Pratt agian we have seen that and honestley aint to impressed...:haha: :tape: :worship:

Hopefully its Sophie....Sammy would be unlikely

Oct 25th, 2005, 04:24 AM

Oct 25th, 2005, 08:04 AM
C'mon guys, some local talent would be the best. Casey Dellacqua for sure.

Bring on the Perth girl!!

Oct 25th, 2005, 10:38 AM
Nup, go Soph.

Oct 25th, 2005, 03:12 PM
Sophie will most likely be offered a wildcard into Gold Coast. All the Aussie tournaments have been hotly pursuing her. Liz Smylie probably dipped her ink first. But I know which tournament I'd rather play. ;)

Oct 26th, 2005, 12:55 AM
Hey Fantastic!
Thats fantastic news ;) How do you know?
Would you rather play Hopman?

Oct 26th, 2005, 10:47 AM
sam would be good but has to defend points on gold coast
so hopefully casey or sophie
plz not evie or nicole

Oct 26th, 2005, 02:24 PM
Hey Fantastic!
Thats fantastic news ;) How do you know?
Would you rather play Hopman?

Lol. Well, I don't know. I'm only speculating. And yeah, I'd rather play HC. :)

Oct 27th, 2005, 01:07 AM
Jelena Dokic will make a surprise return to Australian colours :p

Honeslty i see Sam, Sophie and Casey all going to Gold Coast

Unfortunately i see either Evie or Nicole playing . . . . . .

Oct 27th, 2005, 03:48 AM
THey have asked Sam


Stosur sought by home, country

DESPITE a season that started so brightly, yet ultimately failed to ignite, Samantha Stosur is finding herself in sudden demand. Alicia Molik's illness has left Australia without a Hopman Cup anchor and, consequently, Stosur is being courted in two states.

The Australian No. 2 has been invited to partner Wayne Arthurs at the teams event in Perth in the first week of January. But the Hopman Cup clashes with Stosur's home-town tournament on the Gold Coast, where she has competed for the past four years and has valuable rankings points to defend from her run to the 2005 final.

Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee confirmed yesterday that Stosur was his priority as Molik's replacement and she is expected to lean to the Perth tournament.

But Gold Coast tournament director Liz Smylie also wants Stosur in her field, as an important local drawcard to complement headline international act Maria Sharapova.

"Obviously, I'd love to have Sam come and play the Mondial Australian women's hardcourts," Smylie said yesterday. "It's her home event, and she's done very well here in the past; she's beaten a lot of good players."

"Obviously, we're inviting Sam as next in line, so I've made initial contact but I haven't got any news at all," McNamee said. "Sam's the standout second option, and she clearly fulfils all the criteria, being quite young and doing really well and also being very good in doubles, where she won the US Open and is up to No. 4 now."

Asked whether he expected a tug of war to develop with the Gold Coast tournament, McNamee said: "I don't think it will because I think that's a decision she's (Stosur's) got to make. I understand that delicacy, but I'm sure she'd love to play the Gold Coast and love to play the Hopman Cup as well, so it's a matter for her how she handles that."

Stosur made her senior WTA Tour debut on the Gold Coast in 2002, reached her first career semi-final there two years later and last January defeated three of the top-eight seeds to reach a final she lost to Swiss Patty Schnyder.

Sosur backed up with a Sydney finals appearance the next week, her Australian form the standout in an otherwise disappointing singles year. Now being coached by former doubles star Gigi Fernandez, Stosur is eight places below her career peak of 44th despite having aimed for a top-30 position by season's end.

And yet the 21-year-old is suddenly much sought-after, with Australia's depth crisis exaggerated by Molik's decision to take an extended sabbatical from the game to cure the inner-ear virus vestibular neuronitis.

Next on the rankings sheet is Nicole Pratt (134), with Evie Dominikovic one spot behind.

There already has been one big alteration to the original Hopman Cup field. Sweden, to be represented by former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson and Sofia Arvidsson, has replaced the Belarusian team of Max Mirnyi and Viktoria Azarenka.

Oct 27th, 2005, 05:36 AM

Oct 27th, 2005, 08:59 AM
If Sam decides on GC then its gonna be Pratty :crying2:

Rising Sun
Oct 27th, 2005, 09:32 AM
Do you think Pratty's forgiven the organisers of the HC for snubbing her a few years back? :confused:

Oct 27th, 2005, 03:40 PM
do u think the promoters hav forgiven nicole? and honestly if it aint sam (fingures crossed) or soph lets just hav sum 16yr up and commer (but is there one) if it is nicole i will want my money bak. lets get rid of wayne and put mark in wiv nicole that wud be interestin!!! :fiery:

Oct 27th, 2005, 11:45 PM
when do you think we will know?

Oct 28th, 2005, 12:06 AM
lets get rid of wayne and put mark in wiv nicole that wud be interestin!!! :fiery:

Hell no!!!

Gillibean, hopefully sooner rather than later. When they find someone I guess :)

Oct 28th, 2005, 12:58 AM
I hope Sam plays on the GC & Sophie gets to play HC, if not then Pratty.

Oct 28th, 2005, 01:27 AM
SeannnnnnnyQ is baackkkkk

Oct 28th, 2005, 08:46 AM
You guys have it all wrong. Pratt wont play. Evie wont play.

If Sam does not accept McNamee's offer then Im sure Casey will be the next in line.

I dont like not knowing whats goin on.

Oct 28th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Why dont u reckon Evie and Pratt won't play?

Soph is so next in line muahahahahah

Oct 29th, 2005, 12:19 AM
Stosur getting coached by Gigi Fernandez, LOL

Oct 29th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Possible no safin also?


"The Russian, currently ranked fifth in the world, is due to play in he first event of the 2006, the Hopman Cup, but he is also rated doubtful for that tournament in Perth, Australia."

Oct 30th, 2005, 02:03 AM
Sam accepted! from www.theage.com.au

Stosur to play Hopman Cup

SAMANTHA Stosur will partner Wayne Arthurs as Alicia Molik's replacement in the Australian team for the Hopman Cup, opting to play in the international teams event rather than her hometown tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Molik withdrew because of an inner-ear virus.

Stosur, 21, had been keenly sought by both Paul McNamee and Liz Smylie, the directors of the tournaments, and made her decision while competing in Belgium in recent days. The world No. 52 has played annually at Royal Pines since making her WTA Tour debut four years ago, but chose the Hopman Cup after lengthy consideration.

McNamee said yesterday that Stosur now being coached by former doubles great Gigi Fernandez and managed by retired US golfer Jane Geddes would meet Germany's Anna-Lena Groenfeld in Australia's opening match on New Year's Eve.

Oct 30th, 2005, 02:22 AM
That's awesome... I read another article about Samantha's inclusion and it said "No further schedule changes are anticipated" said by Paul McNamee so I think Safin will play.

Nov 1st, 2005, 12:48 AM
Sam playing :fiery: why :(

Nov 1st, 2005, 02:37 AM
weird choice but representing your country and guaranteed match play...pretty good

Nov 1st, 2005, 03:28 AM
SeannnnnnnyQ is baackkkkk
:lol: I am indeed!