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Serendy Willick
Jan 10th, 2003, 06:20 PM
Serena to face Loit in Aussie opener

Womenís top seed could face Seles in quarterfinals


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MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 10 ó Seeking the ďSerena Slam,Ē Serena Williams will play Emilie Loit in the first round of the Australian Open, which begins Monday.

THE DRAWS FOR the first Grand Slam event of the season were released Friday (Thursday night in the United States). Australiaís Lleyton Hewitt, the menís top seed, will face an undetermined qualifier.

Williams is trying to win her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, having captured the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in succession last season. She also wants to go through the season undefeated.
The biggest challenger in Williamsí quarter of the draw is four-time Australian Open champion Monica Seles of the United States, the sixth seed.
Serenaís older sister, Venus, is seeded second and opens with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. Venus Williams lost to her sibling in the final of last yearís French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
While she has been mired in a slump, third seed Jennifer Capriati of the United States appears to be the biggest threat to the Williams sisters. She will have to defeat both to win a third straight Australian Open crown.
The menís field is more wide open, with a handful of dangerous players lurking for the top seeds.
Hewitt could meet three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil in the third round. Kuerten, the 30th seed who never has gotten past the second round at Melbourne, faces Hicham Arazi of Morocco in the first round.
Second seed Andre Agassi of the United States is back after a wrist injury forced him to withdraw last year. He is trying to become the first four-time Australian Open menís champion since Roy Emerson won each year from 1963-67.
The third seed in the menís draw is Marat Safin of Russia, who opens with Dutchman Raemon Sluiter. Safinís quarter of the draw includes sixth seed Roger Federer of Switzerland and No. 23 James Blake of the United States.
Hewitt has a difficult bracket, with seventh seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic, ninth-seeded American Andy Roddick and No. 16 Alex Corretja of Spain all waiting in the wings.
Agassi could face 22nd seed Yvegeni Kafelnikov, the 1999 champ, in the fourth round and eighth seed Albert Costa of Spain in the quarterfinals, if he gets that far.
Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya, seeded fourth and fifth, respectively, have red-hot Paradorn Srichaphan in their quarter of the draw, which also includes unseeded Aussies Mark Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs.
Serena Williams appears to have a cakewalk to the quarterfinals, with only No. 16 Nathalie Dechy of France - who was forced to retire from a match in Canberra this week - standing in her way.

Venus Williams could have her hands full with 27th seed Lisa Raymond in the third round. Her bracket also includes seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and No. 12 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.
Capriati arguably has the most top-heavy bracket, with fifth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne and ninth seed Lindsay Davenport, the 2000 champ, in her path to the semifinals.
Kim Clijsters of Belgium, who defeated Serena Williams in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships, could have the easiest road to the semis, although No. 8 Anastasia Myskina represents a formidable obstacle.
Russian beauty Anna Kournikova, the most photographed female tennis player never to win a tournament, opens against Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia. She could face Henin-Hardenne in the second round.

Serendy Willick
Jan 10th, 2003, 06:23 PM
1- Serena Williams vs. Emilie Loit
Els Callens vs. Martina Sucha
Alina Jidkova vs. Laura Granville
Maureen Drake vs. 26- Tamarine Tanasugarn

18- Eleni Daniilidou vs. Marissa Irvin
Conchita Martinez Granados vs. Amy Frazier
Daja Bedanova vs. Iveta Benesova
Sarah Taylor vs. 16- Nathalie Dechy

11- Magdalena Maleeva vs. Marion Bartoli
Eva Dyrberg vs. Yoon Jeong Cho
Aniko Kapros vs. Rita Grande
Vera Zvonareva vs. 20- Elena Bovina

25- Meghann Shaughnessy vs. Qualifier
Mariana Diaz-Oliva vs. Ludmila Cervanova
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Lubomira Kurhajcova vs. 6- Monica Seles

4- Kim Clijsters vs. Samantha Reeves
Petra Mandula vs. Silvija Talaja
Tatiana Poutchek vs. Tina Pisnik
Cristina Torrens Valero vs. 29- Iva Majoli

19- Amanda Coetzer vs. Barbara Schett
Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios vs. Qualifier
Maja Matevzic vs. Casey Dellacqua
Meilen Tu vs. 14- Anna Pistolesi

10- Chanda Rubin vs. Qualifier
Patricia Wartusch vs. Mary Pierce
Antonella Serra Zanetti vs. Martina Muller
Qualifier vs. 17- Elena Dementieva

28- Clarisa Fernandez vs. Adriana Szili
Asa Svensson vs. Magui Serna
Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Qualifier vs. 8- Anastasia Myskina

5- Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Myriam Casanova
Henrieta Nagyova vs. Anna Kournikova
Jill Craybas vs. Virginie Razzano
Dinara Safina vs. 32- Katarina Srebotnik

24- Tatiana Panova vs. Angelika Roesch
Akiko Morigami vs. Qualifier
Iroda Tulyaganova vs. Alicia Molik
Camille Pin vs. 9- Lindsay Davenport

15- Alexandra Stevenson vs. Elena Baltacha
Cara Black vs. Denisa Chladkova
Barbara Rittner vs. Evie Dominikovic
Libuse Prusova vs. 22- Anne Kremer

30- Janette Husarova vs. Qualifier
Shinobu Asagoe vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual
Stephanie Foretz vs. Evgenia Koulikovskaya
Marlene Weingartner vs. 3- Jennifer Capriati

7- Daniela Hantuchova vs. Fabiola Zuluaga
Elena Likhovtseva vs. Adriana Serra Zanetti
Qualifier vs. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
Samantha Stosur vs. 31- Conchita Martinez

21- Ai Sugiyama vs. Angelique Widjaja
Greta Arn vs. Nadia Petrova
Marta Marrero vs. Jelena Kostanic
Wynne Prakusya vs. 12- Patty Schnyder

13- Silvia Farina Elia vs. Flavia Pennetta
Mashona Washington vs. Nicole Pratt
Rachel McQuillan vs. Tathiana Garbin
Dally Randriantefy vs. 23- Paola Suarez

27- Lisa Raymond vs. Qualifier
Anca Barna vs. Francesca Schiavone
Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Qualifier
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. 2- Venus Williams


Serena faces Emilie Loit as her first round match, but she will have to be on her game because guess who she could face next? Els Callens Enough said! To win she will have to go through Seles and Most likely Clisjsters, and then defeat either Davenport, Venus,or Capriati to win the trophy Good Luck Serena WE LOVE YOU!!!!

Serena#1fan
Jan 10th, 2003, 07:55 PM
Go Serena girl! You can do it!!! I really think Serena will do well this year....I mean look at her preparation!!! She came two weeks early, looked allright at the Hopman cup and her form should only get better......I really want her to beat Kim to stop all the talk!!