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Old Feb 20th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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S8 - 4: Australian Open, Melbourne (GS)



Australian Open, Melbourne




Week 4 * Plexi Grand Slam * Draw Size 16


S1 Winner - Nathalie Dechy
S2 Winner - Tamarine Tanasugarn
S3 Winner - Alicia Molik
S4 Winner - Lindsay Davenport
S5 Winner - Britney Spears
S6 Winner - Britney Spears
S7 Winner - Aravane Rezai


Melbourne, AUS - Welcome to Melbourne, and the first Grand Slam event of season eight on the ATC! Maria Kirilenko will be aiming for history this week and the whole universe is behind her, will anyone dare to spoil the fairytale? We'll soon find out, good luck to MK all!


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Beltrame 4
Date-Krumm 3
Dementieva 1
Domachowska 4
Gajdosova 2
Goerges 0
Hantuchova 2
Henin 3
Hercog 2
Hingis 4
Ivanovic 0
Kirilenko 4
Myskina 4
Oudin 0
Rezai 3
Sharapova 2
S. Williams 2
Tanasugarn 0
Vekic 3
Wozniacki 0
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Daniela Hantuchova(1) v Qualifier D
Tamarine Tanasugarn v Maria Sharapova(5)

Anastasia Myskina(8) v Melanie Oudin
Qualifier C v Justine Henin(3)

Polona Hercog(4) v Aravane Rezai
Martina Hingis v Elena Dementieva(6)

Caroline Wozniacki(7) v Qualifier B
Qualifier A v Maria Kirilenko(2)

Qualifying

A. Julia Goerges v Kimiko Date-Krumm
B. Jarmila Gajdosova v Donna Vekic
C. Serena Williams v Severine Beltrame
D. Marta Domachowska v Ana Ivanovic
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1000 -

Rezai

700 -

Hantuchova

450 -

Henin
Hercog

250 -

Sharapova
Hingis
Oudin
Myskina

140 -

Wozniacki
Dementieva
Kirilenko
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Maria Sharapova


Maria's inspirational run to the Sydney SFs gives her the POTW award and she now has 2 aces to use this week
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Odds On




As far as predictions go, it really is MK and everyone else. Never before in ATC history has a player entered a major on the back of three successive wins on that surface. Well, MK has done just that, but she has come into this event as the favourite many times before and has never triumphed. Indeed, MK has lost in the round of 16 here for the past 3 seasons, can she cement her GOATess status and make it past that round and all of the others this week? It will be a nail-biter in any case. Hingis and Domachowska both make it here as the players most likely to spoil due to how well they've utilised their aces. Nobody will get past these two without a huge struggle, and if the unthinkable happens to MK, they would be the next two safest bets.


Solid Bets




Henin and Myskina have a proven calibre at this level, and have 3 and 4 aces respectively, but it's hard to predict their results as bad draws have prevented either from showcasing their potential. Henin has been undone by Hingis twice, and the same has happened to Myskina at the hands of Kirilenko. Both of their nemeses are far away from them in the draw so perhaps now we could see them put a strong run together. Aravane also has several aces at her disposal and is the defending champion, but her results on plexi have been lacklustre. Nevertheless, if she managed to surprise in the way she did in S7, who's to say she won't do the same this season?


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Did seriously just get hercog? I don't think I have ever beat her....

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MK ready for Melbourne Challenge

MELBOURNE, AUS -- Second seeded Maria Kirilenko is making the practice and press rounds around Melbourne Park today, ahead of her high-profile campaign to capture her elusive Grand Slam title down under this fortnight.

It was standing room only on the practice courts, with 10,000 fans packed by Practice Court 1 to catch a glimpse of the Russian starlet.



Kirilenko seems noticeably calmer this year than in prior appearances at Melbourne as the favorite, where the pressure and nerves got the best of her. Kirilenko was joking with fans, all smiles and spent one hour signing autographs and taking pictures.

At night was the ATC player party, where Kirilenko and rising star Caroline Wozniacki chatted away with reporters and fellow players, in good spirits:



Unfortunately for them, most of the attention was placed on Top Seeded Daniela Hantuchova, whose tragic "metallic biker chic" look was not well received by players or the press, and stole all the headlines (for all the wrong reasons)



Play is scheduled to begin late Saturday.
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Qualies coming up, R16 a bit later.
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Qualifying


A. Goerges def. Date-Krumm W/O

B. Gajdosova def. Vekic 6-2 6-3

C. S. Williams def. Beltrame 6-3 6-4

D. Domachowska def. Ivanovic 6-3 6-4
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Updated Draw

Daniela Hantuchova(1) v Marta Domachowska(Q)
Severine Beltrame(LL) v Maria Sharapova(5)

Anastasia Myskina(8) v Melanie Oudin
Serena Williams(Q) v Justine Henin(3)

Polona Hercog(4) v Aravane Rezai
Martina Hingis v Elena Dementieva(6)

Caroline Wozniacki(7) v Jarmila Gajdosova(Q)
Julia Goerges(Q) v Maria Kirilenko(2)
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Round of 16




Domachowska(Q) def. Hantuchova(1)

7-5 4-6 6-1


Tough draw for Dani She gave her all, but Marta had too much game. After a sensational last few months, Dani must now relinquish the #1 ranking Marta continues to impress with another big win
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