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Alicia Rocks
Dec 18th, 2005, 11:28 PM
Sam's on song
By Nikki Tugwell
December 19, 2005

HIGHEST-ranked active Australia female Sam Stosur believes she is better prepared for next month's Medibank International in Sydney than 12 months ago when she finished runner-up.

Stosur started and ended last season with a flourish, breaking into the top 50 in singles and ending the year ranked at world No.2 in doubles.

She is Australia's No.1 ranked female player, because of the illness to world No.28 Alicia Molik, to whom she lost in last year's final in Sydney.

Despite stiff competition from former world No.1s Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo and possibly Martina Hingis, she believes the maturation of her game in the past year has her in genuine contention.

"I've got a lot more experience from the last year, particularly from some of my doubles results, and I think my overall game has improved," Stosur said.

"Sydney is a really big tournament and it's not an easy tournament because you've got all the best players in the world playing there.

"Hopefully I can get the same sort of results as I did last year or better."

The 21-year-old Queenslander reached the singles finals on the Gold Coast and in Sydney last January and won the mixed doubles with Scott Draper at the Australian Open. In September, she won the US Open doubles title then the season-ending WTA Championships, both with American Lisa Raymond.

Stosur finished the season with seven doubles titles.

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She has committed to partner Wayne Arthurs in the Hopman Cup in the lead-up to the Medibank International.



Stosur has been informally guaranteed a wildcard for Sydney, given her singles ranking of 46 does not satisfy the tournament cut-off.

"I have had a good couple of weeks training and more hitting this week so hopefully by the time I get to Perth I will be ready to go," she said.

"I need to keep implementing what I've been working on, my movement, my concentration and the consistency of my groundstrokes is getting better."

Elsewhere, Serena and Venus Williams will attempt to arrest a perceived slide from dominance by turning Melbourne Park in the House of Pain before the Australian Open.

The sisters do not plan to appear in any Australian lead-up events before the January 16-29 grand slam.

The duo, who each nailed a major this season, will instead arrive in Melbourne on January 8 and work out with Victorian coach Mark Hlawaty.

The daily sessions will provide the foundation the Americans consider sufficient to re-establish a fading aura. Serena, the reigning Australian Open champion, and Wimbledon champion Venus both endured rugged 2005 seasons because of injury. The pair's diluted influence was measured in the comparatively meagre number of titles they managed to pocket.

The Daily Telegraph

Paneru
Dec 18th, 2005, 11:35 PM
I'd love to see Sam play Martina.



Who's Mark Hlawaty?

I know Richard doesn't trek to anywhere
but Wimbledon and the US Open for the
Slams but what about Orecene who
is also their coach?

Maybe Orecene will just be
there for support. Or not arrive
until competition begins and just coach
them during the tournament.

Anyways, sounds good.

Oh yeah, so looks like they're gonna
go down the day after WWC ends.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 18th, 2005, 11:52 PM
:cool:

tennisIlove09
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:01 AM
Molik is 28? wow. That'll be a tough 3rd rounder for someone at the Aussie...and she has QF results to defend

Andy.
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:10 AM
Thanks for the article. I read it this morning and i think its good that womens sport is getting more coverage in our especially in Australia.

switz
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:13 AM
Molik is 28? wow. That'll be a tough 3rd rounder for someone at the Aussie...and she has QF results to defend

unless she makes a surprise announcement Alicia isn't going to play the Australian summer. She needs to get over this ear infection completely.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:15 AM
I'd love to see Sam play Martina.



Who's Mark Hlawaty?

I know Richard doesn't trek to anywhere
but Wimbledon and the US Open for the
Slams but what about Orecene who
is also their coach?

Maybe Orecene will just be
there for support. Or not arrive
until competition begins and just coach
them during the tournament.

Anyways, sounds good.

Oh yeah, so looks like they're gonna
go down the day after WWC ends.
Stosur beat Hingis at Some WTT Thing a few weeks ago 5-4.. So she can beat her

K-Dog
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:59 AM
Good to hear that the sisters are getting down to Australia early and both are ready to put in some hard work for the year's first major. They should hopefully both do great.

Vaidisova
Dec 19th, 2005, 01:04 AM
Hopefully the preparation will be good for Serena as she tries to defend her title...

-VSR-
Dec 19th, 2005, 02:13 AM
Good to hear they are going to Australia 8 days before the event begins. Should mean they are ready to full dedicate themselves to doing well here. :D