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messing
Aug 18th, 2011, 04:33 AM
Hopman Cup : China is coming to Perth for the Hyundai Hopman Cup!!!!!! (http://hopmancup.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/china-is-coming-downunder-tennis-hopman-cup-more-grand-slam-champs-head-to-hopman/)

Reigning French Open women’s singles champion China’s Li Na and dual Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt will contest the upcoming Hyundai Hopman Cup (31 December 2011 – 7 January 2012) alongside previously announced current Wimbledon women’s singles champion Czech Petra Kvitova. Australian tennis great Lleyton Hewitt will team up with Jarmila Gajdosova ranked 30.

This line up sets the scene for what already promises to be another blockbuster event.

Li Na – who added this year’s Australian Open runner-up trophy to her silverware – will partner compatriot Wu Di, the 19-year-old who had a notable five-set singles victory against Australia at this year’s Davis Cup second round.

This marks China’s first appearance in the Hyundai Hopman Cup maindraw. The nation was a play off participant in 2006 but was defeated at the hands of the Netherlands.

“I’m happy to be playing Hopman Cup for the first time,” said Li Na who has become a regional superstar when she made history by becoming the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title.

“I’ve heard many good things about the tournament and the city.”

“I hope we can do well, and in the remainder of the Australian season,” she said.

Tournament Director Paul McNamee was thrilled "We are expecting next year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup to be one of the best in history. We are thrilled to have French Open champion Li Na of China competing for the first time and this will make the event even more attractive to the huge Asian audience. The Australian audience will be there to support local favourites Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova. Added to that we have Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych to make the line-up so far one of the most exciting we have ever had. Perth fans and our television audience around the world are in for a treat."

Western Australia’s Tourism Minister Dr Kim Hames congratulated the Hopman Cup team for adding another two Grand Slam winners to the field for the next tournament.

“Lleyton Hewitt is a home crowd hero and Li Na is now China’s most popular sportsperson following her win at the French Open,” Dr Hames said.

“Her entry is particularly timely as WA’s tourism industry is launching a major push into the Chinese market, with China Southern Airlines beginning direct flights from Beijing and Guangzhou to Perth in November.

“Li Na’s appearance at the Hopman Cup will certainly boost Chinese awareness of Perth and WA.”

The State Government, through Evenstcorp, is a major founding partner of the Hopman Cup.

“The Government increased its support of the Hopman Cup last year and the attraction of top international players like Kvitova, Hewitt and Na shows that that investment is paying handsome dividends already,” Dr Hames said.

It will be Lleyton Hewitt’s sixth appearance at the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

“I’m really excited to be heading back to Perth for the Hopman Cup in January,” said Hewitt. “I’m looking forward to being 100 per cent fit, and for me the Hopman Cup is a great start to the year.”

"I love playing for my country and it will be good to team up with Jarmila and have a crack at the title.”

"I’m planning on playing good tennis. The fans are such great supporters of mine and I love playing in front of them,” Hewitt said.

Gajdosova has this year reached her highest singles ranking to date, and career highlights include claiming the 2010 title in Sydney as well as round-of-16 appearances at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon that year and a 2011 title in Hobart.

Her teammate Hewitt, despite having an injury-riddled year, remains focused and optimistic.

“It’s obviously frustrating when you have injuries and then need to come back,” Hewitt said.

“But I’m feeling good and looking forward to the next few weeks in the US, then there’s Davis Cup which I love,” Hewitt said.

“Beyond that, I’m feeling really positive about next year and looking forward of course to the Aussie summer."

The Hyundai Hopman Cup previously announced the dynamic Czech duo featuring top tenners Kvitova (currently ranked 6) and Tomas Berdych (currently ranked 9).

ONE HD has confirmed it will televise approximately 50 hours nationally, making the Hopman Cup the most televised single week sporting event in Australia.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIV runs from Saturday 31 December 2011 – Saturday 7 January 2012 at Perth’s Burswood Dome.


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Shaun:::
Aug 18th, 2011, 04:46 AM
horrible:o

BikezAreForever!
Aug 18th, 2011, 04:55 AM
Love it.

duhcity
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:31 AM
lol.
Henin had to carry Bemelmans this year. And she's far better than Na at doubles, which I imagine Na being tragic at.
Will be a hilarious pairing. I can see her yelling at her partner already.

the jamierbelyea
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:41 AM
lol.
Henin had to carry Bemelmans this year. And she's far better than Na at doubles, which I imagine Na being tragic at.
Will be a hilarious pairing. I can see her yelling at her partner already.

Li and Henin both have the same # of WTA doubles titles , 2 ;)

Takei t for what it is, but Li Na has also won 16 doubles titles on the ITF circuit, so she's not that bad.. haha

Keadz
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:47 AM
Good to see Na there :).

Im expecting a pretty good list this year with players looking to get in some early practice for new Premier tournament Brisbane. (or am I being retarded and they're in the same week)

burn
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:48 AM
:haha:

duhcity
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:49 AM
Good to see Na there :).

Im expecting a pretty good list this year with players looking to get in some early practice for new Premier tournament Brisbane.

/mixed doubles at the Olympics.
Really would like to see Serena play, she likes Hopman Cup and could play with Roddick/Isner/anyone. Plus if the world never sees Serena/Isner it would be a shame.

Serenus Christ
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:51 AM
> Brisbane and Hopman Cup clash..

and lol @ australia, its good that Gajdosova got into this event, I could see her pushing to qualify for Brisbane..

Papillon.
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:56 AM
Good stuff! Great experience for promising Wu and an excellent addition to the tournament. :yeah:

cowsonice
Aug 18th, 2011, 05:57 AM
^ Serena/Isner would outace everyone. :drool:

Seriously, if it were some other Chinese player (no offense to Shuai, Jie), this lineup would have been so lackluster.

M.P
Aug 18th, 2011, 06:42 AM
Na is so terrible in Double right now, she don't know what to do in Mixed Double in Hong Kong this year

Sammo
Aug 18th, 2011, 10:26 AM
Who is Wu Di?

GoofyDuck
Aug 18th, 2011, 10:35 AM
lol.
Henin had to carry Bemelmans this year. And she's far better than Na at doubles, which I imagine Na being tragic at.
Will be a hilarious pairing. I can see her yelling at her partner already.

Li and Henin both have the same # of WTA doubles titles , 2 ;)

Takei t for what it is, but Li Na has also won 16 doubles titles on the ITF circuit, so she's not that bad.. haha

Birmingham 2006
Jelena Jankovic & Na Li def. Jill Craybas & Liezel Huber 6-2 6-4

http://i39.tinypic.com/rt224p.jpg

Na Li > Liezel Huber :D

Sammo
Aug 18th, 2011, 10:59 AM
The one who is actually horrible in doubles is Gajdosova

longtin23
Aug 18th, 2011, 11:01 AM
Terrible news, not coming to Hong Kong??

Hurley
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Who is Wu Di?

Boy. You don't even make an ATTEMPT to read, do you.

Sammo
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:34 PM
Boy. You don't even make an ATTEMPT to read, do you.

OK, I will. Oh look, just like I thought he's a scrub.

cloudseed
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:34 PM
The Hopman Cup is an AMAZING event - HOWEVER it's become crap ever since Channel One have taken over the broadcasting rights (as opposed to ABC in Australia). You see less insights into the players and it becomes a less personal and intimate tournament than it has previously been.

The hosts have change and there are not more off court player interviews.

The best thing about this is the mixed doubles where you see the players relax a lot more and smiling. Bethanie was awesome this year.

Hopefully we get to see more of Na's charm!

Capriati Rules
Aug 18th, 2011, 03:16 PM
LOL at the report saying Jarmila won Sydney...she won a Sydney ITF people...