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go hingis
Dec 12th, 2006, 01:05 AM
Link: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20914231-23216,00.html (http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20914231-23216,00.html)

Hobart grabs another seven stars

By staff writers
December 12, 2006

SEVEN more of the world's top 50 women tennis players will contest the Moorilla Hobart International in January, further boosting the tournament's strongest player field.


Tournament organisers announced today that Fed Cup winner Flavia Penetta, Russian glamour girl Maria Kirilenko, world No.32 Alona Bondarenko, defending champion Jie Zheng, rising Russian 19-year-old Olga Poutchkova, world No.39 Severine Bremond from France and former top 15 player Elena Lekhovtseva from Russia would contest the title.
The player list now boasts 17 of the world's top 50 players, headlined by seven-time grand slam winner Serena Williams and world no.13 Anna Chakvetadze.
Zheng, the world No.33 from China, had her best year on tour in 2006, winning two singles titles, including the Hobart tournament, and six doubles titles, including the doubles crowns at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Penetta, the world No.28 and three-time WTA Tour title-winner, helped Italy record its first ever Fed Cup crown earlier this year, while world No.30 Kirilenko collected $547,400 in prize money this year and made the third round at the Australian, French and US Opens.
Teen sensation Poutchkova began 2006 with a world ranking of 197 but jumped an astounding 159 places after reaching two WTA Tour finals, one semi-final and two quarter-finals.
Tournament director Michael Roberts attributed the record breaking player field to the investments made in both the Moorilla Hobart International and Australian Open series.
"This year there have been some bold new changes and investments in both this tournament and the Australian Open Series as a whole, and we have been rewarded with an exceptional player field," Roberts said.
"Tennis Australia, along with the state member associations, have put a lot of effort into ensuring these tournaments are taken to the next level.
"In Hobart, the prizemoney has reached its highest ever mark of US$170,000 ($216,400), while players, fans and officials will enjoy an $800,000 facilities upgrade.
"To have another seven top 50 players, six of whom are ranked inside the top 40, is brilliant news for the tournament."
The Moorilla Hobart International, part of the Australian Open Series, will run from Friday 5 – Friday 12 January, 2007, at the Domain Tennis Centre.

Martian Stacey
Dec 12th, 2006, 01:11 AM
I thought Maria was already on the entry list for Hobart :scratch:

Good news for Hobart though :)

Mattographer
Dec 12th, 2006, 01:24 AM
Zheng isn't the defending champion, Krajicek is :p

urock34
Dec 12th, 2006, 01:49 AM
ya thats what i was thinking

Martian Stacey
Dec 12th, 2006, 01:50 AM
Zheng isn't the defending champion, Krajicek is :p
Nice to see Australian journalists do their research :lol:

go hingis
Dec 12th, 2006, 02:02 AM
We're very relaxed this time of year, lol.

DutchieGirl
Dec 12th, 2006, 02:05 AM
:scratch: All these players were already on the list technically - just as 2nd prefs...guess that means they won't be in Sydney for sure now... grmbl!

DutchieGirl
Dec 12th, 2006, 02:08 AM
btw - whoever wrote this article :help: Pennetta, Likhovtseva, Misa's defending champion, not Zheng...the list of mistakes goes on... ;)

Ben.
Dec 12th, 2006, 06:13 AM
Once again the Hobart tourney just gets bigger & bigger. Great to see :)

Kirt12255
Dec 12th, 2006, 06:19 AM
btw - whoever wrote this article :help: Pennetta, Likhovtseva, Misa's defending champion, not Zheng...the list of mistakes goes on... ;)

Just another male journo showing his skills in the non-funded, underpaid, un-televised thing we call womens sport here in Australia.:rolleyes:

Josh.
Dec 12th, 2006, 07:45 AM
*gasp* this is great!! lucky you anyone who lives in hobart.

Ben.
Dec 12th, 2006, 07:49 AM
*gasp* this is great!! lucky you anyone who lives in hobart.

has alicia rocks got your tickets for the mondial women's hardcourts yet may i ask or hasn't he still got them? ;) :lol:

Hachiko
Dec 12th, 2006, 07:53 AM
Great field! All the best to Alona & Maria!

Josh.
Dec 12th, 2006, 07:56 AM
has alicia rocks got your tickets for the mondial women's hardcourts yet may i ask or hasn't he still got them? ;) :lol:

haha dunno i shall ask him asap !!

Ben.
Dec 12th, 2006, 07:56 AM
Nice to see Australian journalists do their research :lol:

yeah :lol:

Ben.
Dec 12th, 2006, 07:57 AM
haha dunno i shall ask him asap !!

yeah ;)

i'm thinking of going, but i haven't decided which session I should go to. i shall wait & see.

Josh.
Dec 12th, 2006, 08:00 AM
yeah :lol:

he said he would look into it tomorrow :rolleyes: (over msn)

Ben.
Dec 12th, 2006, 08:02 AM
he said he would look into it tomorrow :rolleyes: (over msn)

ok, well for your sake I hope you get the tickets :)

DutchieGirl
Dec 13th, 2006, 03:23 AM
Just another male journo showing his skills in the non-funded, underpaid, un-televised thing we call womens sport here in Australia.:rolleyes:

:lol: true.

DutchieGirl
Dec 13th, 2006, 03:24 AM
*gasp* this is great!! lucky you anyone who lives in hobart.

Well, I don't - but I'm going for the whole week. :D

Ben.
Dec 13th, 2006, 04:10 AM
Well, I don't - but I'm going for the whole week. :D

:D cool

DutchieGirl
Dec 13th, 2006, 07:37 AM
:D cool

Even better when you don't have to pay for tix etither! :lol:

Kunal
Dec 13th, 2006, 07:42 AM
Anna Chakvetadze is all quality!

Kunal
Dec 13th, 2006, 07:45 AM
i really hope that serena does well....get some matches under her belt

Ellery
Dec 13th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Jie won in 2004, so one year ago this article would have been accurate :lol:

Pink Princess
Dec 13th, 2006, 01:33 PM
Go Chaky!!!:worship:You win Hobart:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Slampova
Dec 13th, 2006, 10:18 PM
Good luck to Maria, hopefully she starts this year off on the right track!

Mightymirza
Dec 13th, 2006, 10:46 PM
Nice to see Australian journalists do their research :lol:

yeah they seem pretty thorough :lol:

klok
Dec 13th, 2006, 11:09 PM
*gasp* this is great!! lucky you anyone who lives in hobart.

I am going for a few days. I might even go to a couple more sessions given the quality of the field. It is the best line-up Hobart has ever had by a mile.

Gerben
Dec 14th, 2006, 05:30 AM
Jie won in 2004, so one year ago this article would have been accurate :lol:I think it was 2005...:p

DutchieGirl
Dec 14th, 2006, 06:39 AM
I think it was 2005...:p

:yeah: It was. ;)

Ellery
Dec 14th, 2006, 12:20 PM
I think it was 2005...:p

You're right :)

Drake1980
Dec 14th, 2006, 04:14 PM
Olga and Severine :kiss: Very nice additions!!