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Old 12-21-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default UPDATE: Lively balls for AO 2014. Courts quick too.

According to Todd Woodbridge:

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While the $160 million redeveloped Margaret Court Arena will put the Australian Open on a new level, it's the balls that could decide January's winner. In good news for Australia, doubles legend Todd Woodbridge has forecast the more exciting balls as enhancing the chances of local star Samantha Stosur.

Taking possession of the 2014 tournament balls six weeks before the year's opening grand slam, Woodbridge appeared surprised by how they had responded to the Melbourne Park plexicushion. "This ball's a little lively," he said. "I think it's a good thing and it's an advantage to two people. "One of them's Rafa (Nadal) because he likes to get a bit more spin ... this ball's going to allow him to really spin the ball and work it hard.

"It also helps Sam Stosur. "She's had her best results at the US Open on a very fast-ball hardcourt where the ball jumps up and she can get the kick serve and real heavy off the forehand." Woodbridge said it gave Stosur more opportunity to shine at the Australian Open than in previous years
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Once again Dull gets lucky.
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This is getting a little ridiculous now...
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This is getting a little ridiculous now...
Yup. These Aussies and their pro-Sam Stosur conspiracy!
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They should change the surface to clay, Stosur's best surface.
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Obviously they don't want to take chances now that they have invited Pete.

So what's next? No more time violation rule? All the players shall play left-handed?
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If they just wanted to help Stosur, why were the balls changed for the men, as well?
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Once again Dull gets lucky.
Get the excuses in early, good stuff.
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Get the excuses in early, good stuff.
No excuse, but I just don't understand how one someone can be so lucky.

Even in the off season lightning strikes twice for Dull.

Next will be a lucky draw, then it will open up as usual with threats going early and superior players choking
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Obviously they don't want to take chances now that they have invited Pete.

So what's next? No more time violation rule? All the players shall play left-handed?
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Obviously they don't want to take chances now that they have invited Pete.
Normally I wouldn't care so much about AO, but I really want to see Rafa getting the trophy from Sampras. I'll be mad if he doesn't win.
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If they just wanted to help Stosur, why were the balls changed for the men, as well?
Not to make it look as if they were trying to favor Stosur. They are not aware of MTF paranoia, I guess.

Plexicushionovic isn't gonna like it. But now, I don't think Nadal likes the steady speeding up of the FO courts, either. Nadal to take the AO trophy and Nole the FO. Book it.
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