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Arrow VWTT Australian Open, 2002: Draw and Results.

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<BR><font color=orange>Australian Open, 2002</font></H1><font color=d9d919>

<P>G'Day Mates! Welcome to Melbourne Park, host of the first Grand Slam on the VWTT Tour, The Australian Open. All players on tour have travelled here in hopes of being the first ever to carry a Grand Slam Trophy. The fact that VWTT has only been running for a couple of weeks, there isn't anyone who can be declared the clearout favorite. Some players expected to do well here, are #3 seed, Jelena Dokic, who surprised the world a couple of weeks ago, crushing everyone in her path on the way to winning the first tournament of the year, The Tier III Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt. #1 seed, Jana Novotna, who won the Tier II Adidas International last week, is also someone to watch.
<P>With all players pretty much on level ground to this point, this tournament is surely going to be interesting to watch. This is the first tournament in which all players are entered. Whoever wins this will obtain position as the #1 player in the world. Currently Jana Novotna stands atop all rankings: Singles and doubles. Will she be able to protect it or will one of the other 25 hopefuls reign supreme? And Jelena Dokic, will she beable to prove herself once again, after being upset in the first round of the Adidas International last week? Only the next two weeks will answer all. Let the matches begin! It's Aussie Time!</P>


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Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia. It is the second largest city in Australia. It was voted the worlds' most livable city in 1994 and the least polluted for a city of its size. Melbourne is renowned for its parks, fickle weather, clanging trams, upside-down river, football and its cosmopolitan outlook. It is also the financial capital of Australia.
<P>The city centre consists of a 7 sq km rectangular grid of streets bordered by the Yarra to the south, the Spencer St railway station to the west and the Fitzroy Garden to the east. Two of Melbourne's most obvious central landmarks are the recently renovated Flinders St Station and the neo-Gothic St Paul's Cathedral. North of these buildings lies the continuing saga that is the badly planned city square (construction of a hotel/apartment/shopping complex has commenced), the boom-years' Town Hall, the domed and pillared building containing the State Library and the flamboyant City Baths.</P>
<P>The key to an important facet of Melbourne's character can be found on the sportsgrounds scattered on the parkland to the south-east of the city centre, including Flinders, Olympic and Yarra parks. The superb Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the National Tennis Centre reflect Melburnians' renowned passion for sport.</P><BR><BR>
<H4><font color=orange>Accomodations</H4>
<P><IMG SRC="http://www.sheraton-towers.com.au/yarrabri1.jpg" width=234 height=153 align=left>All Players will be staying at the luxurious Sheraton Towers Southgate, located in downtown Melbourne. From its superb river front location, Sheraton Towers Southgate provides views of Melbourne's skyline and the Yarra River. The hotel is surrounded by a fascinating blend of culture, business, shopping, restaurants, bars, and a cosmopolitan parade of life.
On-site facilities include: Health club, heated lap pool, spa, sauna, steam room, and a fully equipped business center with global communication facilities. Personal computers are also available.
All 386 spacious, luxurious rooms include: air conditioning, television with in-house movie channels, self-service minibars, coffee and tea making facilities, and many other features.

<font size=5><U><font color=orange>Seeded Players</font></font></U><BR>
<font color=yellow>1. Jana Novotna<BR>2. Martina Hingis<BR>3. Jelena Dokic<BR>4. Iva Majoli<BR>5. Julia Jans<BR>6. Serena Williams</font><BR><BR>
<font size=5><U><font color=orange>Schedule for Results</font></font></U><BR><font color=yellow>1st Rnd: After 1st Round Results at the Australian Open<BR>
Rnd of 16: After Third Round Results at the Australian Open<BR>
Quarterfinal Results: After Quarterfinal Results at the Australian Open<BR>
Semifinal Results: After Semifinal Results at the Australian Open
Final Results: After Final Results at the Australian Open, however results will include how well your team throughout the entire tournament.
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