"3218 03 Henin - She's got seperation. One more win and she's #3 seed at Sydney"
...but she needs to beat Kim to get that win
Nov 7th, 2002, 11:45 AM
Only 8 seeds in Sydney..
What make you think Serena is a certain starter in Sydney?? Since she is playing the Hopman Cup, she will get 4 matches (atleast 3), I think it is doubtful that she would want to play another 5 matches in Sydney before a GS.
If Venus doesn't play the first week of the year, I can see her playing this event this time, not Serena..
It's only guess work at this stage, until commitments come out though..
Nov 7th, 2002, 01:22 PM
I think you are vastly overestimating the Sydney field.
Nov 7th, 2002, 01:28 PM
Anna S will want to defend her title at the tier 3
Nov 7th, 2002, 01:38 PM
I didn't realize that Hingis was going to play sydney...
Nov 7th, 2002, 02:45 PM
RAA, you could be wrong, Maritna have just hinted that she would return there!:)
Ted of Teds Tennis
Nov 7th, 2002, 03:42 PM
Have you seen the Sydney field the past few years? It's been one of the strongest events outside the Slams, Key Biscayne, and the Tour Championships.
In 2002, the #8 seed was Shaughnessy, ranked around #13. In 2001, it was Capriati, who was ranked around #14. (She was the #12 seed at the AO, but I believe one or two higher-ranked players didn't play that year.) In 2000, the #8 seed was Kournikova, who was seeded #11 for the AO. One of the first-round matches in 1999 was between Dominique van Roost and Irina Spirlea, who would be seeded #11 and #13 respectively in the Australian Open the next week.
Now, I don't think eight of the top ten will be at Sydney. But six is quite likely, with seven a good possibility.
Nov 7th, 2002, 05:18 PM
Henin will need more than 1 win to pass Capriati! She's still 300 pts behind!
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:02 AM
Henin isn't going to pass Capriati. But both Williams sisters won't be at Sydney, so Jenn will be seeded #2.
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:16 AM
Top 8 seeds will be...
1. Serena... She is taking Oz seriously this year and venus is playing Hong Kong the week before...
3. Justine... will def play
4. Clijsters... Will def play
5. Mauresmo... Always plays Sydney
6. Seles.... Has already committed
7. Hantuchova... Has already committed
8. Either Hingis is she chooses to play or Myskina... which leaves Davenport unseeded at 12....
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:38 AM
why don't we just wait until January, and then there will be no figuring it out ;)
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:03 AM
we are figuring it out because we are interested in it...Anyway deadline for player entries for Oz season and Tokyo is Nov 11th....
MEXICO CITY - Schnyder, Smashnova, Dementieva, Coetzer,
I would like to plan the entire year for the WTA if I had my way....:-)
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:05 AM
Uh, when did Monica commit to Sydney?
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:09 AM
Monica said so in an interview posted on here about a month ago - I think it was a pre-LA interview...
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:09 AM
Isn't Venus defending Gold Coast? Not that it matters, it's a T3 :rolleyes:
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:11 AM
No - I did a post about this already - venus wants to play in the exhibition in Hong Kong the same week as Gold Coast - which is a shame as she was have given the event in Gold Coast great crowds...
Nov 8th, 2002, 03:59 AM
i'll bet venus plays sydney and serena plays tokyo. venus will want a real tourney and she hates playing on carpet. the hopman cup more intense than the hong kong exhibition.
i think monica will play sydney and skip tokyo (and hopefully all tourneys until indian wells)
colinb-- you're not only planning the wta commitments, you're planning military actions!!! if they do hold doha and dubai, who will attend amongst the top players?
i was thinking dokic maybe, or maybe capriati. probably not seles and venus again.
Nov 8th, 2002, 04:12 AM
I think you are mistaken, Colin. As I recall, Monica said she would probably play in the first week of the season, which is Gold Coast.
Nov 8th, 2002, 04:15 AM
that's actually a pretty good idea, dh, for her to play the gold coast.
but the article did say in a vague way 'hobart or sydney' as i remember it
Nov 8th, 2002, 04:44 AM
mishar is right! I read somewhere that she would play either Hobart and Sydney in that week.
Nov 8th, 2002, 06:33 AM
I read Monica was going to play Hobart and not Hopman Cup this time.
Nov 8th, 2002, 07:01 AM
Yes Monica said Sydney or Hobart - and I know someone who is working with the sponsors of the Adidas International in Sydney who said that yes Monica was playing there...
Monica will also play Tokyo as for numner one she has to with her Yonex contract, and number 2 she is very astute and knows that it is the weakest Tier 1 of the year.... She has a lot of points to defend there...
If they do hold Doha and Dubai - I dont think they will have great entries - they are in a bad position in the calendar... I don't see Venus playing again, maybe Monica, def not Jen - it would probably be down to the Europeans... Mauresmo, Hantuchova, Dokic and poss Hingis?
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:04 PM
Colin B, you must have some insider information regarding those schedules, as with regards to Babsi in Hobart the only way I found out about her playing that was because she told me, so I am guessing a lot of those commitments are right, Babsi is also playing Gold Coast as well.
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:13 PM
Colin -- seems like yonex wants her to play the september tokyo or the PPO but not necessarily both. So maybe next year she'll go back to the princess cup. Anyway, I just don't want her to overdo it. Less is better.
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:23 PM
Venus playing tokyo?
Nov 8th, 2002, 06:00 PM
I don't think Monica will play Sydney next year.
Nov 8th, 2002, 10:50 PM
Kart - she has already committed to Sydney to the organisers...