01-15-2004, 05:35 AM
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LL will be the 15th seed at AO
First and foremost
Roddick, Henin-Hardenne named top seeds for Australian Open
Posted: Thursday January 15, 2004 1:26AM; Updated: Thursday January 15, 2004 1:27AM
Andy Roddick reached his first Grand Slam semi last year in Melbourne after outlasting Younes El Aynaoui in a match that lasted nearly five hours.
Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images
MELBOURNE (Reuters) -- World number one Andy Roddick took his place on Thursday at the top of the draw for next week's Australian Open and his female counterpart Justine Henin-Hardenne was named top seed in the women's field.
Roddick, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park last year, had a sparkling 2003, becoming the youngest American, at 21 years and two months, in the history of the ATP rankings to finish the year as world number one, and winning his first grand slam at the U.S. Open.
Defending champion Andre Agassi was named fourth seed. He is aiming to win a fifth title in Melbourne, having won in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
At 33 years and eight months, Agassi is the oldest direct entry in the men's draw and still the man to beat.
Seeded second is Wimbledon and Tennis Masters Cup champion Roger Federer, followed by French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, a quarter-finalist here last year.
Two Australians made the seeds, Mark Philippoussis at 10 and number 15 Lleyton Hewitt. Neither has been past the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
Philippoussis was a Wimbledon finalist last year and Hewitt will be desperate to add his home grand slam to the U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles already under his belt.
In the women's draw, French and U.S. Open champion Henin-Hardenne will top the Melbourne seedings for the first time. Her Belgian compatriot, Kim Clijsters, is seeded second.
Clijsters finished runner-up to Henin-Hardenne in both Paris and New York last year and her chances of going one better have not been helped by a foot injury which forced her out of warm-ups in Perth and Sydney.
Returning from an injury which kept her out of the game since the Wimbledon final in July she lost to sister Serena is Venus Williams. Last year's runner-up has been vaulted from her world ranking of 11 to number three seed under a WTA plan.
She will be keen to keep the Williams name in the winners' circle and add the Australian Open to her U.S. Open and Wimbledon successes.
France's Amelie Mauresmo is fourth followed by 2000 champion Lindsay Davenport at five.
The Australian Open draw will take place at Melbourne Park on Friday. The two-week grand slam begins on Monday.
Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
Australian Open men's seeds
2004-01-15 04:07:47 GMT (Reuters)
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) -
List of men's seeds for next week's Australian Open.
1. Andy Roddick (U.S.)
2. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
3. Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
4. Andre Agassi (U.S.)
5. Guillermo Coria (Argentina)
6. Rainer Schuettler (Germany)
7. Carlos Moya (Spain)
8. David Nalbandian (Argentina)
9. Sebastien Grosjean (France)
10. Mark Philippoussis (Australia)
11. Tim Henman (Britain)
12. Nicolas Massu (Chile)
13. Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand)
14. Jiri Novak (Czech Republic)
15. Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
16. Sjeng Schalken (Netherlands)
17. Martin Verkerk (Netherlands)
18. Younes El Aynaoui (Morocco)
19. Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil)
20. Tommy Robredo (Spain)
21. Mardy Fish (U.S.)
22. Agustin Calleri (Argentina)
23. Felix Mantilla (Spain)
24. Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
25. Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden)
26. Albert Costa (Spain)
27. Taylor Dent (U.S.)
28. Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
29. Vincent Spadea (U.S.)
30. Arnaud Clement (France)
31. Wayne Ferreira (South Africa)
32. Robby Ginepri (U.S.)
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01-15-2004, 11:29 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Oh, you're sure, are you?
Well, you were right. Here is the relevant order of play...out on sexy court 10. Go Frank!
Start 1. Women's Qual. Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Libuse Prusova (CZE) vs. Catalina Castano (COL) In Progress
2. Women's Qual. Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Stephanie Gehrlein (GER) vs. Natalie Grandin (RSA)
3. Men's Qual. Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Louis Vosloo (RSA) vs. Alexander Peya (AUT)
4. Men's Qual. Singles - 2nd Rnd.
George Bastl (SUI) vs. Jerome Golmard (FRA)
5. Men's Qual. Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) vs. Frank Dancevic (CAN)
01-16-2004, 02:47 AM
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Australian Open men's singles draw
2004-01-16 03:15:33 GMT (Reuters)
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) -
Men's singles draw for next week's Australian Open tennis championship (prefix number denotes seeding)
1-Andy Roddick (U.S.) v Fernando Gonzalez (Chile)
Bohdan Ulihrach (Czech Republic) v Lars Burgsmuller (Germany)
Irakli Labadze (Georgia) v Juan Ignacio Chela (Argentina)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) v 27-Taylor Dent (U.S.)
18-Younes El Aynaoui (Morocco) v Galo Blanco (Spain)
Jurgen Melzer (Austria) v Tomas Behrend (Germany)
David Ferrer (Spain) v Qualifier
Qualifier v 16-Sjeng Schalken (Netherlands)
12-Nicolas Massu (Chile) v Jarkko Nieminen
(Finland) Marat Safin (Russia) v Brian Vahaly (U.S.)
Antony Dupuis (France) v Todd Martin (U.S.)
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) v 21-Mardy Fish (U.S.)
30-Arnaud Clement (France) v Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)
Qualifier v Igor Andreev (Russia)
Oscar Hernandez (Spain) v Nicolas Lapentti (Ecuador)
James Blake (U.S.) v 7-Carlos Moya (Spain)
4-Andre Agassi (U.S.) v Todd Larkham (Australia)
Nicolas Mahut (France) v Qualifier
Karol Beck (Slovakia) v Stefan Koubek (Austria)
Thomas Enqvist (Sweden) v 29-Vincent Spadea (U.S.)
19-Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) v John van Lottum (Netherlands)
Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) v Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia)
Qualifier v Albert Portas (Spain)
Jose Acasuso (Argentina) v 13-Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand)
9-Sebastien Grosjean (France) v Mikhail Youzhny (Russia)
Jan-Michael Gambill (U.S.) v Gregory Carraz (France)
Dominik Hrbaty (Slovakia) v Flavio Saretta (Brazil)
Gaston Gaudio (Argentina) v 20-Tommy Robredo (Spain)
32-Robby Ginepri (U.S.) v Luis Horna (Peru)
Chris Guccione (Australia) v Alun Jones (Australia)
Nicolas Escude (France) v Lee Hyung-taik (South Korea)
Robin Soderling (Sweden) v 6-Rainer Schuettler (Germany)
5-Guillermo Coria (Argentina) v Cyril Saulnier (France)
Olivier Mutis (France) v Hicham Arazi (Morocco)
Wayne Arthurs (Australia) v Qualifier
Greg Rusedski (Britain) v 26-Albert Costa (Spain)
17-Martin Verkerk (Netherlands) v Alex Corretja (Spain)
Raemon Sluiter (Netherlands) v Mario Ancic (Croatia)
Fabrice Santoro (France) v Peter Luczak (Australia)
Thomas Johansson (Sweden) v 10-Mark Philippoussis (Australia)
14-Jiri Novak (Czech Republic) v Olivier Rochus (Belgium)
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Spain) v Qualifier
Qualifier v Qualifier
Andrei Pavel (Romania) v 24-Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
28-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) v Alberto Martin (Spain)
Joachim Johansson (Sweden) v Alexander Popp (Germany)
Nicolas Kiefer (Germany) v Filippo Volandri (Italy)
Albert Montanes (Spain) v 3-Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)
8-David Nalbandian (Argentina) v Qualifier
Qualifier v Richard Gasquet (France)
David Sanchez (Spain) v Wesley Moodie (South Africa)
Victor Hanescu (Romania) v 31-Wayne Ferreira (South Africa)
22-Agustin Calleri (Argentina) v Christophe Rochus (Belgium)
Guillermo Canas (Argentina) v Qualifier
Davide Sanguinetti (Italy) v Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic)
Jean-Rene Lisnard (France) v 11-Tim Henman (Britain)
15-Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) v Qualifier
Xavier Malisse (Belgium) v Karol Kucera (Slovakia) (
Malisse and Kucera again)
Rafael Nadal (Spain) v Qualifier
Thierry Ascione (France) v 23-Felix Mantilla (Spain)
25-Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden) v Sargis Sargsian (Armenia) Vadim Kutsenko (Uzbekistan) v Todd Reid (Australia)
Qualifier v Dennis van Scheppingen (Netherlands)
Qualifier v 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland)
01-16-2004, 12:54 PM
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Re: 2004 Australian Open
Here it is Number1Kim!
By Bud Collins
Updated: 12:19 a.m. ET Jan. 16, 2004
Out with the old, and in with the new? Will that be the theme of the initial major of this new tennis season, the 99-year-old Australian Championships on the mean green slabs of Melbourne Park? Could be. More on that as we look at the men to watch.
A VETERAN THREAT
The old champion and getting older –- yet nonetheless bolder -- by the minute is “Father Timely,” Andre Agassi, on the prowl for a fifth Aussie title to accompany those of 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003 in his racket bag.
Although he turns 34 in three months, Andre benefits from the fitness of a racehorse and more than half a lifetime of experience on the big league track.
I could see him winning the Aussie again and at last surpassing his spouse in at least one major phase.
Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, won the Aussie four times: 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1994, and retains the family’s overall bragging rights when it comes to majors with her 22 singles titles to Andre’s eight.
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I’m not alone in the feeling that Agassi just might grab another major in Melbourne.
“I think Andre can win another major,” says U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe.
“And the Aussie is his best opportunity. Andre’s well rested, and obviously knows how to pace himself. He loves the extreme Australian summer heat.”
RODDICK WITH A GOAL
The fresher faces start with ramrodding American Andy Roddick, shooting from the hip and the No. 1 position.
Andy might have won the Aussie a year ago if he hadn’t injured his right wrist diving for a volley during that colossal quarterfinal win over Younes El Aynaoui, covering five hours, a saved match point, and climaxing in a 21-19 fifth set.
Andy had nothing left to combat Rainer Schuettler in the semis, and missed the chance to pressure Agassi more than Schuettler could.
For Roddick -- blending old and new years with an Aussie championship tied to his 2003 U.S. Open title –- would put him in rare, illustrious company.
The first American to do it was Californian Don Budge on his way to the original Grand Slam, which Don launched with the 1938 Aussie, having won the U.S. Open the previous September.
Fred Perry, the dashing Brit (the last known English male tennis player?) succeeded in turning the trick with the U.S. Open in 1933 and the Aussie in 1934.
Then, after World War II, came Aussie Roy Emerson, 1964-65; Pete Sampras, 1993-94, and 1996-97, followed by Agassi, 1994-95, and 1999-2000.
Can Roddick become the sixth in that select fraternity?
No surprise if he does.
A growing ability to capitalize on his groundies with more daring volleying could be the edge for a guy whose thundering serve and forehand are proven.
FEDERER WITH HURDLE TO CLEAR
There was almost unanimous agreement that Roger Federer was the planet’s finest at the close of the year as he brushed aside all opposition among the elite eight in Houston to seize the Masters.
Roger, though but 22, stocks everything in his arsenal.
The Wimbledon champ has created a style that seems a throwback to the more elegant days of shotmaking: backcourt solidity, serve-and-volley prowess, pinpoint serving -– all of it done with a seemingly effortless smoothness that is such a contrast to, say, the high-intensity slam-banging of Roddick.
But will Roger, never a factor in four previous shots at the Aussie, be haunted by his most recent appearance in Rod Laver Arena?
That was Switzerland’s Davis Cup semifinal against Australia when he folded before Lleyton Hewitt, even though leading 2-0 in sets and serving for the match in the third.
A NEW MISSION FOR THIS AUSSIE
Hewitt's my pick to walk away with this major.
This quivering young mass of relentless heart and legs is surely far better than his current No. 15 status.
Wasn’t he No. 1 in 2001 and 2002, winning the Masters both years?
He will be 23 in February, and his best accomplishments, I believe, are ahead.
He set his sights on the 2003 Davis Cup, and, that accomplished, Lleyton’s mission is to retrieve the Aussie Open title for his beloved homeland.
I feel that challenge will rekindle his flame-throwing personality.
Twenty-eight years have passed since an Aussie last wore the crown –- a lightning-striking almost anonymous Mark Edmondson coming through startlingly over the bodies of all-time Aussie greats Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe.
Hewitt probably got sidetracked in 2003 by his wacky lawsuit against the ATP, and –- pleasantly –- by his romance and engagement to Kim Clijsters.
Illness prevented a serious challenge in 2002.
Now I think he’s ready to restore an Australian luster to the winner’s circle.
OTHERS TAKING THEIR SHOT
Another Aussie with the same idea, the gargantuan Mark Philippoussis, has possibilities of bringing the title back to his hometown, Melbourne, where another townie, Patrick Cash, failed in the 1987 and 1988 finals.
Philippoussis, on his way to last summer's Wimbledon final, may have cost Agassi that title with his avalanche serving.
Carlos Moya has showed Melbourne a thing or two in bulling his way to the final in 1997, and illuminated Laver Arena with his volleying in beating Philippoussis during the recent Davis Cup final.
His Spanish teammate, Juan Carlos Ferrero, the French Open champ, has shown improvement on the hard stuff, beating Agassi to reach the U.S. Open final.
But he was a Davis Cup flop at the Laver venue, via five-set defeats to Hewitt and Philippoussis.
Don’t overlook Argentine David Nalbandian, Wimbledon finalist in 2002, and holder of a match point against Roddick in a U.S. Open semifinal.
Three-time French Open champ, Brazilian Guga Kuerten, could march a ways, gradually regaining his post-hip-surgery form and confidence.
But the best Argentine, Guillermo Coria, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist to Agassi, pulled up hors de combat days ago, withdrawing from the New Zealand Open with an abdominal strain.
Where’s Russia’s “Headless Horseman,” Marat Safin?
The guy who should have won in 2002, and casually blew the title bout to a considerably lesser Swede, Tom Johansson, is mired at No. 86.
He ought to be in the top five, but will Marat ever get his brain together to make a run for it again?
COUNT ON SOME SURPRISES
There will be early upsets, as always in a major.
Remember qualifier Ivo Karlovic of the Croation Karlovics booting champ Hewitt from Wimbledon’s starting gate?
I expect young Americans Mardy Fish and Taylor Dent to cause some damage.
Possibly James Blake and Robbie Ginepri will rise to the occasion.
Among the troublemakers will be Dutchman Martin Verkerk, Thai Paradorn Srichaphan, Belrus Max Mirnyi, Moroccan El Aynaoui, France’s Sebatien Grosjean and Arnaud Clement, the German Schuettler.
But the champ, in my mind, must come from this group of headbreakers: Agassi, Roddick, Federer, Philippoussis and Hewitt –- with Lleyton getting my nod.
01-16-2004, 01:24 PM
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Linda Pierce's breakdrown of the men's and women's draw. Much angst over Philippoussis, with whom she is obviously in love.
Top Australians draw contrasting fortunes
By Linda Pearce
January 17, 2004
Mark Philippoussis and Lleyton Hewitt share the same half of the Australian Open draw, but yesterday's fortunes were contrasting. Hewitt's first match will be against a qualifier, while Philippoussis must face 2002 champion Thomas Johansson in the Swede's Melbourne Park return.
Hewitt's opponent will not be known until this afternoon, but 10th-seeded Philippoussis has the satisfaction of knowing he has beaten Johansson in each of their three previous matches, all of them on hardcourts.
Johansson, preparing for just his second tournament since February knee surgery, has already admitted a title repeat is beyond him; some early damage, however, is not.
The winner will play either Fabrice Santoro or local wildcard Peter Luczak, before a likely third-round assignment against French Open finalist Martin Verkerk, who eliminated Philippoussis 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the Sydney quarter-finals on Thursday. The injured Argentinian Guillermo Coria and world No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero are the highest-ranked seeds in the quarter.
For Hewitt, the 15th seed, there is a potential second round against Xavier Malisse or Karol Kucera, followed by Spain's Felix Mantilla, before a tantalising rematch with Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.
He has beaten the Swiss in seven of nine meetings, the last through an inspired comeback in the Davis Cup semi-final at Melbourne Park in September.
Johansson described his draw as "very, very tough. Mark is one of the best players in the world (and) is always a very tough opponent, but hopefully he feels the same way when he looks at the draw."
While the Australians are concentrated in the bottom half of the men's draw, the top half features top seed Andy Roddick, defending champion Andre Agassi and former finalists Carlos Moya and Rainer Schuettler.
Agassi, who starts against Australian wildcard Todd Larkham, is seeded for a third-round contest with countryman Vince Spadea who, in 1999, was the last player to beat the four-time titleholder at Melbourne Park.
As he did at the US Open, where he started against Tim Henman, Roddick received perhaps the most brutal draw of all, against Chilean slugger Fernando Gonzalez in a match billed as the biggest serve in the game against the heaviest forehand. "That's a tough first round," Roddick said of his prospects against the world No. 35, with whom he has split two previous career meetings.
"He's a very good player, he plays big. I don't know what he's ranked but I thought he would have been seeded. It's good; it means I'm going to have to play from the start. But he's dangerous, definitely, he hits huge balls and goes for broke, so we will see how it goes."
There will be two all-Australian wildcard first rounds: Evie Dominikovic and Trudi Musgrave, and Canberra's Alun Jones against local teenager-of-the-moment Chris Guccione, who stunned Ferrero in Sydney on Tuesday before an honourable loss to Wayne Ferreira.
"I played (Jones) a couple of months ago . . . and I went down four and four, but that was on a slow court, so hopefully things will change," Guccione said. "This match we'll both probably be a little bit tighter, so we'll see what happens. If I beat Alun, I'm sure I'm going to come up against a seed, so (the Ferrero match) just shows me that I can beat the seeds."
Women's favourite Justine Henin-Hardenne opens against 15-year-old South Australian Olivia Lukaszewicz, and shares the top of the draw with Lindsay Davenport - her possible round-of-16 foe - and fourth seed Amelie Mauresmo.
Venus Williams appears to have the benefit of a softer half, where much will depend on the state of Kim Clijsters's injured left ankle. "No news is good news as far as I'm concerned," said Open chief executive Paul McNamee. "I would anticipate she'll be there for the first round."
- with Karen Lyon
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