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OZTENNIS
Nov 15th, 2007, 10:24 PM
As the 103rd Australian Open draws nearer, I thought that we could start a thread for the Aussie girls who will be competing at Melbourne Park. This Open may well prove to be the most successful in recent times for our local players with four main draw direct entrants - Samantha Stosur, Alicia Molik, Nicole Pratt and Casey Dellacqua - and five wildcards...

There is also the very real possibility that both Anastasia Rodionova and Jarmila Gajdosova will become 'Australianised' in time for the Open which would booster our numbers even further.

In this thread, you can post news and gossip in the lead up to and during the 2008 Open, and the results for all the Aussies in singles, doubles mixed doubles and juniors throughout the fortnight...

GOOD LUCK GIRLS!! :bounce:

Harvs
Dec 1st, 2007, 11:14 PM
This is what I want to happen at the least:)

Sammy - 3rd round
Alicia - 4th round
Nicole - 2nd round
Casey - 2nd round

I think they are realistic aims for our girls:) Of course they would be depending on the draws they get...

:):):)

Ben.
Dec 1st, 2007, 11:19 PM
Aussie Open responds to heat complaints - AAP
Saturday December 1, 2:10 PM

The Australian Open will have its own weather station and weatherman, as well as a new heat policy, to try to prevent players suffering in extreme conditions at Melbourne Park next month.

The revised policy comes after Russian Maria Sharapova labelled as "inhuman" conditions in which she was forced to play during this year's Open, while other top players warned there could be serious medical ramifications.

The most significant policy change is that players in the upcoming Open will no longer have to complete matches that are already underway once the extreme heat rule is invoked, instead only having to complete the current set.

Previously, players who had just started a match had to complete it, even if it meant sweltering through a full five sets in extreme conditions.

In another change, the decision to suspend play will be completely at the discretion of the tournament referee, whereas previously Open organisers used a specific cut-off point, based on calculations of a set of weather readings.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said several top players from Australia and overseas had been consulted about the changes and the feedback was very positive.

"Previously if we invoked the heat policy the matches continued until the conclusion of a match," Tiley said.

"Some players were out here in very extreme conditions for another three to four hours.

"Now we're saying at the end of a set the matches will come in, so we're not going to create that situation where players have to battle it out with a lack of performance because of the heat for a long time."

As in the past, play will be able to continue on the two courts with retractable roofs, Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena.

Tiley said the newly-installed Plexicushion courts, which replaced the old Rebound Ace surface, would also help player comfort, as they had a thinner layer of rubberised cushioning, which meant they would retain less heat, which has been a major factor in the past.

He said the on-site weather station and meteorologist would also be a significant aid, as organisers would receive precise forecasts instantly.

"We can take all those factors and put them together ... the most important is the actual forecast, that's something that's going to really be able to help us, if there's a sea breeze coming in we know we'll probably be alright by the afternoon," he said.

Encouragingly, the designated on-site weatherman, Bob Leighton, said the long-range outlook for the Open dates, January 14-27, indicated temperatures for most days would be in the mid-20s, with less likelihood of 40-degree days than this year.

Ben.
Dec 1st, 2007, 11:20 PM
...;12064381']This is what I want to happen at the least:)

Sammy - 3rd round
Alicia - 4th round
Nicole - 2nd round
Casey - 2nd round

I think they are realistic aims for our girls:) Of course they would be depending on the draws they get...

:):):)

Yeah I agree with you on Nicole & Casey, not so sure about Alicia & Sam. Hopefully time will tell.

Mr.Kardashian
Dec 2nd, 2007, 03:58 AM
i want pratty to do well; its probably her last Open right?

aussie_fan
Dec 2nd, 2007, 03:59 AM
Good news about the heat policy, got a good system with it now, just finish the set, good idea.

It's all going to depend on the draw for our girls and how far they'll make it. I wouldn't be commenting on how sammy is going to go considering she's been out of the game for a while with the virus. just hope she can be 100% fit and get some confidence.

Rising Sun
Dec 2nd, 2007, 04:35 AM
Can anyone confirm that Qualifying will once again be played on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday?

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 2nd, 2007, 10:32 AM
Can anyone confirm that Qualifying will once again be played on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday?

Mens quali starts on Wed and finishes Sat.

Women Thu-Sat

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 2nd, 2007, 10:34 AM
see provisional schedule on attatchment :wavey:

TO newbie
Dec 3rd, 2007, 01:47 AM
I just love the fact that TheBoiledEgg posted the schedule with the big bold confidential title on it.
Thanks for keeping us who are "outside" the tent as informed as you can.
Thanks
M

rada
Dec 3rd, 2007, 08:33 AM
any news out about the entry list? what the cut off is? and also wanted to ask if canberra is still be played?

OZTENNIS
Dec 9th, 2007, 09:40 PM
Bump!

No Canberra is not being played

Jorn
Dec 13th, 2007, 04:34 PM
Any news out about who get the Last Wildcard Play-off wildcards?

WIMBY
Dec 13th, 2007, 04:58 PM
I just love the fact that TheBoiledEgg posted the schedule with the big bold confidential title on it.
Thanks for keeping us who are "outside" the tent as informed as you can.
Thanks
M

:lol::lol:

OZTENNIS
Dec 13th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Any news out about who get the Last Wildcard Play-off wildcards?
Alison Bai
Marija Mirkovic
Alenka Hubacek
Tyra Calderwood
Isabella Holland
Sally Peers
Olivia Rogowska
Winner Brittany Sheed/Jenny Swift

ellieroma
Dec 27th, 2007, 05:37 PM
does anyone know how many points are given out for the Aussie?

OZTENNIS
Jan 9th, 2008, 09:47 PM
QR1: 2
QR2: 15
QR3: 25
Q: 31
1st RD: 2
2nd RD: 60
3rd RD: 90
4th RD: 125
QF: 250
SF: 450
F: 700
W: 1000

OZTENNIS
Jan 9th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Qualifying gets underway today at Melbourne Park...

The Aussies were given terrible draws and I don't expect any to pass the first round :sad: :help:
4th C3...Alison Bai (AUS) (WC) vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) (19) TIP: Gagliardi 6-1 6-2
1st C6...Emily Hewson (AUS) vs. Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) TIP: Beygelzimer 6-4 6-0
2nd C6...Isabella Holland (AUS) (WC) vs. Ayumi Morita (JPN) TIP: Morita 6-3 3-6 6-3
3rd C6...Sally Peers (AUS) (WC) vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER) TIP: Lisicki 6-0 6-1
4th C6...Karolina Wlodarczak (AUS) (WC) vs. Julia Schruff (GER) (4) TIP: Schruff 6-3 6-2
5th C6...Jelena Dokic (AUS) (WC) vs. Marina Erakovic (NZL) TIP: Erakovic 7-5 6-1
1st C7...Olivia Rogowska (AUS) (WC) vs. Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) TIP: Zec Peskiric 6-3 6-4
2nd C7...Brittany Sheed (AUS) (WC) vs. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) TIP: Manasieva 6-2 6-0
3rd C7...Trudi Musgrave (AUS) vs. Melinda Czink (HUN) (12) TIP: Czink 6-1 6-2

OZTENNIS
Jan 10th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Alison Bai (AUS) (WC) vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) (19)
TIP: Gagliardi 6-1 6-2
RESULT: Gagliardi 6-4 6-4
... Alison did much better than I, and the other Aussies, thought she would, congrats :)

Emily Hewson (AUS) vs. Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR)
TIP: Beygelzimer 6-4 6-0
RESULT: Beygelzimer 6-4 6-3
... I got the first set scoreline right, and Hewson also did better than I thought :)

Isabella Holland (AUS) (WC) vs. Ayumi Morita (JPN)
TIP: Morita 6-3 3-6 6-3
RESULT: Morita 6-0 7-6(3)
... Isabella was blown away in the first set, but probably could have snuck out the second...a good effort.

Sally Peers (AUS) (WC) vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
TIP: Lisicki 6-0 6-1
RESULT: Lisicki 6-0 6-1
...I was spot on with this one, Lisicki was always going to be too strong.

Karolina Wlodarczak (AUS) (WC) vs. Julia Schruff (GER) (4)
TIP: Schruff 6-3 6-2
RESULT: Schruff 6-3 6-1
...I got close with this one too, Wlodarczak didn't serve very well, and she needed to.

Jelena Dokic (AUS) (WC) vs. Marina Erakovic (NZL)
TIP: Erakovic 7-5 6-1
RESULT: Dokic 6-4 6-1
... I was very surprised (but happy) with this result, congrats Jeca!!

Olivia Rogowska (AUS) (WC) vs. Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO)
TIP: Zec Peskiric 6-3 6-4

Brittany Sheed (AUS) (WC) vs. Vesna Manasieva (RUS)
TIP: Manasieva 6-2 6-0
RESULT: Manasieva 6-2 6-3
... Brittany also did better than I imagined, great work

Trudi Musgrave (AUS) vs. Melinda Czink (HUN) (12)
TIP: Czink 6-1 6-2
RESULT: Czink 6-2 7-5
...Congrats to Trudi, probably could have won the second set.

OZTENNIS
Jan 10th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Today...Jelena Dokic (AUS) vs Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)
TIP: Dokic 6-3 7-5