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GogoGirl
Oct 13th, 2002, 01:50 AM
"COME ON - SERENA" "LET'S GO!" "I CAN'T HARDLY WAIT"



http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,5274058%255E2762,00.html


Serena Williams for Perth
By DIGBY BEACHAM

13oct02

EXPLOSIVE world No. 1 Serena Williams will spearhead the US challenge at the Hopman Cup.

In a spectacular coup for the mixed teams championship, to be staged at the Burswood Dome from December 28-January 4, Williams' appearance will be officially announced at the Cup launch in Perth on Tuesday.

The signing of Williams, along with Australia's reigning Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, ensures the event will boast, for the first time, both world No. 1 players.

It means this Hopman Cup is certain to be one of the strongest in its 15-year history.

It is expected Williams will be partnered by rising star James Blake, who played in the event in 2000. Hewitt's partner will be revealed next week.

Williams, 21, became just the seventh woman in history to win three consecutive Grand Slam singles titles when she eclipsed older sister Venus in the final of this year's US Open. That followed her straight-sets successes against Venus at Wimbledon and the French Open earlier in the year.

She missed the Australian Open early in the year through injury but will complete the "Serena Slam" at Melbourne Park in January if she wins the Australian Open, the only Grand Slam that has eluded her.

Williams, who has won eight singles titles this year and pocketed more than $6 million, had tennis tongues wagging worldwide at the US Open when she work a black body-hugging outfit.

 Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis, 22, will take another break from tennis following disappointing results after her comeback from an ankle injury. Asked whether she planned to be at the Australian Open, she said: "That is not decided, that remains open; I have set myself no dates."

CJ07
Oct 13th, 2002, 01:55 AM
Well Serena will win in Singles, but James may or may not win in singles and as a doubles pair, that will remain to be seen

Nice to see Serena playing for the Flag though

tennnisfannn
Oct 13th, 2002, 01:58 AM
Hurry up Serena Perth awaits you. I cannot believe I will actually see serena in the flesh. I am so excited. Serena will be playing five minutes away from my house, i consider my self already standing in line.

GogoGirl
Oct 13th, 2002, 02:00 AM
mmcdonald - is there a rule that states that Hewitt can't play w/Kim? I wouldn't mind seeeing that.

And it is definitely a coup to cop the number one male & female player in December (when there is hardly in tennis to be found). Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa - we get tennis in December. Hopefully - we'll get to see it!

auntie janie
Oct 13th, 2002, 02:00 AM
Very cool news! And exciting for the Perthians. :)

Sophie
Oct 13th, 2002, 02:23 AM
The Hopman cup is a mixed event for players from the same country. That means that Lleyton's partner would have to be Australian. Of course, the rules for who can play for a certain country seem somewhat flexible, but I do think you have to have a passport from that country. I don't think Kim has an Australian passport.

Sam L
Oct 13th, 2002, 02:45 AM
OMG.. this would be the best Hopman Cup in years :D

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 02:48 AM
Originally posted by Sophie
The Hopman cup is a mixed event for players from the same country. That means that Lleyton's partner would have to be Australian. Of course, the rules for who can play for a certain country seem somewhat flexible, but I do think you have to have a passport from that country. I don't think Kim has an Australian passport.

Kim will play for Belgium. Lleyton will probably play with Alicia Molik or Nicole Pratt

treufreund
Oct 13th, 2002, 03:24 AM
Rennae Stubbs would be the best bet, period. She is an excellent doubles player and none of the Australian girls are gonna beat Serena in singles so Australia's best strategy is to hope that Lleyton can win and then to get Lleyton a really good doubles partner like Rennae so that they have a decent chance in the doubles. You can pretty much put a W in the column for Serena. :D

CanadianBoy21
Oct 13th, 2002, 03:43 AM
WOW!
Serena is making me happy because I get to watch her on Tv a lot since she plays a lot, and she wins a lot, she is everywhere these days, China, Japan, Germany, you name it, she's been there. On the other hand she is worrying me considerably, she is playing toooooo much, way toooo much, especially as something meaningless as hopman cup, in my opinion.
Hope she has fun though!

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 04:56 AM
Originally posted by treufreund
Rennae Stubbs would be the best bet, period. She is an excellent doubles player and none of the Australian girls are gonna beat Serena in singles so Australia's best strategy is to hope that Lleyton can win and then to get Lleyton a really good doubles partner like Rennae so that they have a decent chance in the doubles. You can pretty much put a W in the column for Serena. :D

Rennae won't play. She doesn't play singles anymore because she was getting too many injuries and Hopman Cup would require her to play both singles and doubles

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 04:57 AM
It's great for the tournament that Serena is playing.

Gowza
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:06 AM
this is great news for the tourney. i hope Molik is Australia's female player

CJ07
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:46 AM
I wonder why Monica didnt want to play this year?

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:48 AM
Originally posted by Gowza
this is great news for the tourney. i hope Molik is Australia's female player

I hope Alicia plays too. It must have been horrible for her to have to pull out last year (when Lleyton got chickempox)

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:50 AM
Originally posted by mmcdonald
I wonder why Monica didnt want to play this year?

She may have wanted to, but Serena is the higher ranked player

vertiklychalengd
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:55 AM
which other countries will play?

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:59 AM
Last year is was Australia, US, Belgium, France...can anyone remember which other countries?

treufreund
Oct 13th, 2002, 06:04 AM
Rennae should play one game in singles and then RETIRE and then try to win the doubles. Australia has to be creative in finding ways to work the system to win and minimize their weakness. Molik and Pratt are not realistically good enough to beat Serena in singles under any circumstances. So why not have Rennae just retire in singles and use her great skills with Lleyton in doubles?

MaRKy MaRk
Oct 13th, 2002, 06:06 AM
Other countries were ITALY, ARGENTINA, SWITZERLAND, and of course, defending champions SPAIN.

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by treufreund
Rennae should play one game in singles and then RETIRE and then try to win the doubles. Australia has to be creative in finding ways to work the system to win and minimize their weakness. Molik and Pratt are not realistically good enough to beat Serena in singles under any circumstances. So why not have Rennae just retire in singles and use her great skills with Lleyton in doubles?

That actually makes a lot of sense

King Aaron
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:01 AM
wow, go Serena! :D

Crazy Canuck
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:04 AM
James is a very good singles player, who can give any top male trouble, if not a loss.

He has also won a masters series in doubles, and beat an exerienced Davis Cup pairing in doubles on clay.

He and Serena will be hard to beat. I'm thrilled he is playing though.

ANyone know who will play for spain?

irma
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:18 AM
what a great team:D

Go James and Serena:D

V.Melb
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:24 AM
Putting stubbs in is not a good idea at all.

-She won't win a singles match i garuntee you.
-I don't feel she has prooved herself to blend with many more people other then Lisa Raymond.
-She's inconsistent (yes, even in doubles) - she misses many easy shots even if she is an excellent doubles player.
-she has a temper
-who says aus is gonna be in the same group as usa? even so, there are other players to consider other then serena......
-pratt has a very good doubles ranking and did very well in the u.s open playing doubles...... she is a prooven doubles AND singles competitor.
- i would rather see a competitive womens singles match with Molik and Pratt playing then Stubbs getting thumped and then having the POSSIBILITY of winning a doubles.

BasicTennis
Oct 13th, 2002, 10:32 AM
this would be an explosive tournament indeed.

Monica_Rules
Oct 13th, 2002, 12:14 PM
:eek:

:D

Serena seems 100% commited to dominating tennis!

Williams Rulez
Oct 13th, 2002, 12:21 PM
Yeah baby... Serena and James! :D

2284
Oct 13th, 2002, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by V.Melb
Putting stubbs in is not a good idea at all.

-She won't win a singles match i garuntee you.
-I don't feel she has prooved herself to blend with many more people other then Lisa Raymond.
-She's inconsistent (yes, even in doubles) - she misses many easy shots even if she is an excellent doubles player.
-she has a temper
-who says aus is gonna be in the same group as usa? even so, there are other players to consider other then serena......
-pratt has a very good doubles ranking and did very well in the u.s open playing doubles...... she is a prooven doubles AND singles competitor.
- i would rather see a competitive womens singles match with Molik and Pratt playing then Stubbs getting thumped and then having the POSSIBILITY of winning a doubles.

Calm down! It was a joke. Rennae is not playing!

Aloysius
Oct 13th, 2002, 04:47 PM
Superhero, perhaps Serena values playing for the USA over ranking points. It happens. I believe the word for it is "patriotism."

I'm glad Serena is officially playing. It makes up a little for possibly not having Martina Hingis play for Switzerland. Of course, it also means beefed up security, but I can live with that since I don't plan on stalking players this year. ;)

TatiAnnahølic
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:20 PM
Bye,bye Spain :(

mboyle
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by Sophie
The Hopman cup is a mixed event for players from the same country. That means that Lleyton's partner would have to be Australian. Of course, the rules for who can play for a certain country seem somewhat flexible, but I do think you have to have a passport from that country. I don't think Kim has an Australian passport.

Well Jelena changes her country more than she changes her shirt, so why can't kim change countries? Anyway, congrats USA on your first (to my knowledge) Hopman Cup Title!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

anton
Oct 13th, 2002, 05:35 PM
ill believe this when i see it. serena is withdraw queen.

Sophie
Oct 13th, 2002, 06:09 PM
Jelena has changed her country of residence a few times, but I think she has played only for Yugoslavia and Australia. You can't just decide you want to play for a certain country. Why should Kim play for Australia instead of Belgium, just because her boyfriend is Australian? Kim has played Hopman cup, for Belgium, with Xaxier Malisse. For awhile, it looked as if she would actually play mixed doubles AGAINST Lleyton. I don't remember exactly, but I don't think that match ever took place.

Sophie
Oct 13th, 2002, 06:13 PM
Also, thinking about the Hopman Cup, I seem to remember the USA winning a few years ago with Chanda Rubin, I cannot remember her male partner. It would have been about 6 years ago.

CanadianBoy21
Oct 13th, 2002, 07:19 PM
anton, u are becoming quickly annoying with every post being against Serena! How many times has Serena withdrawn this year?????????
She has from AO with an INJURY, u don't expect a player to compete with a twisted ankle, do u?
Venus has withdrawn just as much as Serena, or more!
I love Venus, but that is a fact.
Kim, Lindsay, Jennifer, etc...have withdrawn way more thne the Williams sisters combined!
Yes, injury, but nobody wants to believe when Venus and Serena are injured.

babsi
Oct 14th, 2002, 12:53 AM
This was on jamesblaketennis.com a little while ago.

Go James!:):)

Becool
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:44 AM
LOL Anton all I can do is laugh of you! I'vw never seen someone sooo jealous of Serena's success then you! Leave her alone! You're acting like a retard making posts against her.

If this is related about the constant Venus' loss to her, well you have nothing to do with it, and acting like an idiot also won't help Venus to win her.

TSequoia01
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:52 AM
Well, well James and Serena are getting a chance to compete together. Where is YoYo? Hey YoYo what do you think of Serena and James going down under? ;)