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.....everyone coming but gives no specifics

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Top field for Australian Open 2002 <br />Wednesday, 5 December, 2001<br /> <br />MELBOURNE PARK - Jennifer Capriati has confirmed she'll be back in 2002 to defend her Australian Open crown where she'll be up against the top names in women's tennis including Lindsay Davenport (world No.1), Martina Hingis (4) and the Williams sisters.

Almost all the top 110 seeds in the women's game have put their names in to take part in the first Grand Slam of the 2002 season (14-27 January 2002) including emerging stars from the 2001 season such as French Open finalist, Kim Clijsters (5) and Wimbledon finalist Justine Henin (7).

Encouraged by her singles wins in both the US Open and Wimbledon last year, Venus Williams (3) will be looking to improve on her best achievement to date of a semi final placing in singles in 2001 and match her success in winning the doubles last year with sister Serena (6).

Reflecting the growing strength of the women's game here at home, four Australians are included in the top ranked list with our Fed Cup finals team of Nicole Pratt (51), Evie Dominikovic (82), Rachel McQuillan (78) and Alicia Molik (47) all down to take part. Molik will arrive at the Open after partnering fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth.

The players will be vying for record prizemoney of AUS$1 million for the winner of the women's singles.

Direct acceptances for the top ranked players closed yesterday with 12 places still open for players from the qualifying tournament held the week prior and eight maindraw wildcards making up the total 128 players in the women's draw.

One of these wildcards will go to the winner of the women's singles at the forthcoming Asian Tennis Championships in Hong Kong (16-23 December), with another going to the top woman in the Australian Unity tour currently taking place around Australia and a third to a French player in a reciprocal arrangement with the French Tennis Federation for the Open at Roland Garros. The remainder will be decided by the organisers and traditionally have gone to a former champion now ranked too low to get direct acceptance into the maindraw and promising young players.

Australian Open Chief Executive Paul McNamee said: "The Australian Open has again attracted virtually a full house of top stars to Australia during what is an incredibly exciting time in the women's game. The women's singles is virtually wide open for 2002 and it's impossible to predict who will emerge the winner.

"Last year saw a dream come true for Jennifer Capriati when she won her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open before going on to win the French Open and achieving the World No.1 ranking in November for the first time in her career.

"Out to challenge her will be the current No.1, and 2000 winner, Lindsay Davenport, as well as four times Australian Open champion Monica Seles, and three times champion Martina Hingis who has also been a finalist the past two years.

"Also looking to get their names on the trophy for the first time will be dual Grand Slam winner in 2001, Venus Williams and the Belgian duo of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin for whom last year saw a rise in international prominence when Clijsters reached the finals of the French Open and Henin the finals of Wimbledon.

"And for those looking to cheer on the Aussies then there are four names to watch in Pratt, McQuillan, Dominkovic and Molik all of who have been moving steadily up the rankings and are poised for even more success in 2002."
 

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Go The Mc-Queen of Tennis! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
 

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Dokic can stay the hell away...

We dont want her ungrateful ass...
 

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Yeah, Dokic still says she will not play because Australia is 'too far away'. She is only hurting herself by missing a Grand Slam event.
 

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If Jelena doesn't want to play, she doesn't have to play. But she could've got alot of ranking points since all she has to defend is 1.

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haha, they cant say the same about the juniors

but im glad, the aus is my 2nd fav grand slam (next to roland garros <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> )
 
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