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Old 01-11-2003, 01:24 PM   #1
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Hewitt, Serena grab top seeds at Australian Open

Jan. 7, 2003
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Serena Williams, a last-minute withdrawal last year at Melbourne Park, is the top women's seed for next week's Australian Open.
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Men's No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, bidding to become the first Australian in 27 years to win the major on home soil, topped the men's seedings, which were announced Wednesday by tournament organizers.

Andre Agassi, a seven-time Grand Slam winner who pulled out of his defense of the Australian Open due to a wrist injury last January, was seeded No. 2 among the men.

With the exception of injured Tim Henman, ranked No. 8, the rest of the top 10 followed the ATP entry rankings leaderboard: Marat Safin of Russia, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya of Spain, Roger Federer of Switzerland, Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic and Albert Costa of Spain.
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Let's discuss the upcoming 2003 Australian Open! Who do you like to win the year's first grand slam? Will Hewitt begin a year of dominance with a victory in his home country? Or will Agassi show he still has what it takes?
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Old 01-14-2003, 06:12 PM   #2
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Capriati is out and Serena had a close call! Already some surprises this young season.
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Old 01-16-2003, 12:08 PM   #3
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Davenport also had a close call against Iroda Tulyaganova. And her behavior throughout the match was appalling.

Interesting how the women's draw provided some high drama for a change.

On the men's side, Guga is out. Radek Stepanek beat him and now will face Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt should not take this guy lightly. Stepanek could be the story of this tournament.
It's just hard to go against a Hewitt vs. Agassi final. Grosjean, Safin, and especially Ferrero might have something to say about that.

Biggest upset so far in the tournament?
Women: Jennisfer Capriati out!
Men: Carlos Moya out!

By the way I like the ESPN team (other than Fowler) covering the Australian Open but the first night's broadcast was pathetic, with empty commercial spots, Shriver talking with no sound etc..
Also, must they have some guy who really does not know much about tennis head the studio (such as Fowler)?
Couldn't Drysdale or one of the other guys do it? Make it an all tennis crew?
The problem with this, is that Fowler is trying to "fit in" by making tennis related jokes that are really not funny, or dramatic statements in summarizing a match that would fit well in College basketball for example but not in tennis...

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Old 01-16-2003, 07:28 PM   #4
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Seles is also out. Too bad, her career is winding down. She came in at the No. 6 seed. And another former top-ranked women might be in trouble: Martina Hingis has speculated that her career might be over if her feet don't heal. I'd hate to see that.
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Old 01-17-2003, 12:14 PM   #5
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Marc,
Although Seles lost early here, I don't think she is done yet. She can still compete at the top level. I see her do well in at least one more major before retiring..

Yesterday was the best day of the tournament so far on the men's side. Agassi vs. Escude, Ferrero vs. Santoro, Fish vs. Ferreira, Mantilla vs. Costa provided great quality tennis and high drama.

On the women's side it could be the Williams vs. the Belgian girls in the semis.

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Old 01-17-2003, 05:29 PM   #6
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It's too bad about Hingis. She was kind of a whiny priss, but she had every shot in the game and looked great in a tennis miniskirt to boot.

Never liked Seles. Her game was ugly, albeit effective, and she wasn't tough. When she was rolling, man did she roll, but when she faced adversity, she didn't step up. Plus she couldn't stay fit once she back after the stabbing. Graf will always be my favorite women's player from that era.

The Williams sisters are amazing, especially Serena as of late. Venus is so much better than the number 3 woman on the tour, and Serena's been so much better than her over the last year. I really don't see how anyone other than those two wins this major, and every other, for quite a while.

As for the men, you have to root for Agassi. He's the most talented player in the history of the game (which does NOT make him the greatest player, so don't get me twisted), and he's not going to have too, too many chances going forward. Otherwise, the men's game has gotten nutty. No one besides Hewitt has played at a consistently high level in the majors. In a way, it's cool that anyone can win, but you like to have some stars out there, too.
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Old 01-20-2003, 01:01 AM   #7
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James Blake losing to Rainer Schuttler has to be disappointing. This was his first time in the round of 16's and could not have asked for a better draw.
Hopefully, he will not look back one day and say: "That was my best shot at becoming big-time player, and missed the boat"..

Agassi, Ferrero and Grosjean are looking strong. Unfortunately they are all at the bottom of the draw. Can anyone stop Hewitt at the top part?

As for the women.. I'll reserve further comment until the obvious happens: Williams sisters vs. the duo from Belgium.

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Agassi is cruising in Aussieland and we have another Williams vs. Williams match! Woohoo! Young Roddick got upset in a loss, but he showed a lot and should be in for a big season. He has a lot of confidence and is becoming a big draw as his amazing five-hour match was a TV hit.
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By the way, for those of you who missed the Roddick-El Aynaoui match: ESPN Classic will show it in its' entirety again on Monday at 7:00 PM..

Does anyone have November's ATP Masters Series final (Hewitt def. Ferrero in 5 sets) on tape?

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Mertov, is the Roddick-El Aynaoui match going to be shown at 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday. Unfortuately, I missed this one, and I hate it. I have read it lasted over 5 hours. I want to see this so much. Could you let me know?

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I feel this is why Andy lost to Schuettler, but I am not down playing Schuetter in any way. I was hoping Andy would be in the final with Agassi. I was rather disappointed.
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Yes Auraj, 7 PM Eastern time...

Although Roddick's fatigue was a factor, he could have used more positive body language to get pumped up. He could have used the crowd's energy a bit more but kept hanging his head even after hitting exceptional shots.

By the way, Schuttler's quote regarding Agassi was "Maybe if he eats something wrong the day before, then I have a chance. He's in good shape. He played the matches unbelievable. I'll go out there and try to give my best."
It sounds like he already lost the match. Agassi's gameplan should be just to walk out on the court with his rackets..

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That was a rather boring match last night..sigh. I knew Agassi would win it in straight sets, for some reason. I did like Agassi's acceptance speech at the end of the match. I loved the part where he said, "he felt half Australian". What a terrific guy he is. I found that interesting what Courier said about Agassi being able to slow his heart down. That is incredible.


Rainer impressed me with his kindness during his speech. He was just out of his league in that match with Agassi. Agassi did mention that Rainer was one of the hardest working guys on the tour.

Do any of you think anyone could have really beat Agassi in "THIS" Australian open? Just curious.

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ic an't believe Serena won again. now Tennis is like golf- the same person wins again and again
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ic an't believe Serena won again. now Tennis is like golf- the same person wins again and again
She's been dominant the last year -- how could you not expect her to win? Personally, I like her over Venus as she is more friendly and outgoing and as her father predicted, she was the better talent of the two in the longrun. I just hope the sisters stay interested enough to stay in the game for many years.
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