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Lin Lin
Oct 30th, 2009, 07:38 AM
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SYDNEY : Russia's Dinara Safina, set to lose out to Serena Williams in the battle for the year-end number one ranking, has entered the Brisbane International in January, according to tournament officials.

Safina, 23, was included in a strong women's draw despite withdrawing from the WTA Championships in Doha with a back injury and doubts about her fitness for the Australian Open in Melbourne in mid-January.

Brisbane tournament director Steve Ayles said he had been in negotiations with Safina's management team before her latest injury setback.

"We have been in negotiations with Safina for some time and it is just a shame that when we are ready to announce her attendance she suffers an injury in Doha," Ayles said.

"Safina is a fighter and I have no doubt she will be here in January and Safina will be a strong addition to the women's draw."

Safina joins Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic in a strong Brisbane women?s draw.

But Safina admitted this week that her rehabilitation programme could rule her out of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2010.

"It's a question if I will be able to play in Australia, because when we speak with the doctors, it doesn't sound so good," Safina said in Doha.

"So it's possible that I might even not be 100 percent fit for the Australian. Maybe I'll have to skip it.".

As a result of her injury Safina will just miss out on the year-end rankings honour, which will go to American Serena Williams for the first time since her only previous number one finish in 2002.

The Brisbane International will take place from January 3 to 10.

- AFP

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1014699/1/.html

Caralenko
Oct 30th, 2009, 07:44 AM
http://tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=394924

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 09:04 AM
Henin, Ivanovic, Clijsters, Safina and Dokic :eek:

Davodus
Oct 30th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Brisbane doing well :cool:

goldenlox
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:10 AM
What's going on there? Do they pay big under the table appearance fees?

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:19 AM
What's going on there? Do they pay big under the table appearance fees?

Last year, before the inaugural event, I heard that drawcards may be offered an all expenses paid trip to the Whitsundays - the best beaches, islands and the Great Barrier Reef are all here. I don't know if it ever eventuated or not, though.

Matt01
Oct 30th, 2009, 12:17 PM
So she may skip AO but at the same time enters Brisbane? That's clever.

Привет
Oct 30th, 2009, 12:19 PM
What's going on there? Do they pay big under the table appearance fees?

Queensland is just that amazing. :worship:

:lol:

vanúss
Oct 30th, 2009, 12:22 PM
So she may skip AO but at the same time enters Brisbane? That's clever.

This statement and decision to enter Brisbane was surely made before the YEC , so i doubt she'll enter :rolleyes:

GrandMartha
Oct 30th, 2009, 12:39 PM
So she may skip AO but at the same time enters Brisbane? That's clever.
:weirdo: reading comprehension :weirdo:

Brisbane tournament director Steve Ayles said he had been in negotiations with Safina's management team before her latest injury setback.

"We have been in negotiations with Safina for some time and it is just a shame that when we are ready to announce her attendance she suffers an injury in Doha," Ayles said.

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 12:50 PM
So she may skip AO but at the same time enters Brisbane? That's clever.

:spit:

Queensland is just that amazing. :worship:

:lol:

It is. :rolleyes:

Привет
Oct 30th, 2009, 01:00 PM
It is. :rolleyes:

I wasn't being sarcastic. :confused:

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 01:07 PM
I wasn't being sarcastic. :confused:

Yeah, okay. :rolleyes:

kittyking
Oct 30th, 2009, 01:19 PM
And Na La is confirmed for Auckland, YAY we got the better deal!

Davodus
Oct 30th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Yeah, okay. :rolleyes:

you have a problem with QLD? :(

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 10:35 PM
No I love QLD, I live in the Whitsundays. I'm only playing with him. ;)

Slutiana
Oct 30th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Whitsundays. :lol:

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:07 PM
What's so funny? :weirdo:

Denise4925
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:09 PM
:weirdo: reading comprehension :weirdo:

:lol::lol::lol: That's never been one of Matt's strong suits. :lol:

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:11 PM
Does this mean Sanowa is Brisbane's only TOP 10? .. or else they have to increase the prizemoney - which I doubt they'll do.

Matt01
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:21 PM
:lol::lol::lol: That's never been one of Matt's strong suits. :lol:


Haha :rolleyes:

Golovinjured.
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:32 PM
Haha :rolleyes:

:spit:

Break My Rapture
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:45 PM
Why is everybody suddenly turning up in Brisbane? :o Gosh, everybody hates Vika. :rolleyes:

Feyd
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:48 PM
Why is everybody suddenly turning up in Brisbane? :o Gosh, everybody hates Vika. :rolleyes:

Vika is not defending Brisbane. She is playing in Hong Kong.

Break My Rapture
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Vika is not defending Brisbane. She is playing in Hong Kong.

Oh is it on the same date? :lol:
Didn't know that, thanks. :)