Australian Open Previews: Henin Unseeded, Sharapova v Kirilenko
by Staff | January 15th, 2010, 12:27 am

Australian Open — Men
Melbourne, Australia
Surface: Hard

Seeds: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick, Robin Soderling, Fernando Verdasco, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Gonzalez, Gael Monfils, Radek Stepanek, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon, Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer, Tommy Haas, Stan Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny, Tomas Berdych, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Ivan Ljubicic, Sam Querrey, Nicolas Almagro, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jurgen Melzer, Viktor Troicki, Juan Monaco, Albert Montanes, Jeremy Chardy

Floaters: Igor Andreev, Carsten Ball, Ernests Gulbis, Richard “Coke Kisser” Gasquet, Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, John Isner

Notes: Federer has never lost to Andreev but always struggles against the Russian; other openers of interest are (9) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco vs. the big-serving Aussie Ball, (30) Monaco vs. Gulbis, (20) Youzhny vs. Gasquet, (14) Cilic vs. The Magician, (13) Stepanek vs. Dr. Ivo; Aussie “sensation” Bernard Tomic gets a qualifier first round; Isner vs. Wayne Odesnik in an all-American, winner to likely face (27) Kohlschreiber; 5 current or former No. 1s among seeds; Nadal the defending champ, made Federer cry last year.

Australian Open — Women
Melbourne, Australia
Surface: Hard

Seeds: Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Jankovic, Vera Zvonareva, Aggie Radawanska, Marion Bartoli, Flavia Pennetta, Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Na Li, Francesca Schiavone, Virginie Razzano, Nadia Petrova, Ana Ivanovic, Sabine Lisicki, Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Aravane Rezai, Alisa Kleybanova, Elena Vesnina, Shahar Peer, Kateryna Bondarenko, Alona Bondarenko, Carla Suarez Navarro

Floaters: Aleksandra Wozniak, Alize Cornet, Karolina “The Spreminator” Sprem, Lucie Safarova, Vera Dushevina, Jelena Dokic, Anna Chakvetadze, Maria Kirilenko

Notes: All-Woz opener in (4) Wozniacki vs. Wozniak; other openers of interest are (17) Schiavone vs. Cornet, (25) Medina Garrigues vs. The Spreminator, (6) Venus vs. Safarova, (5) Dementieva vs. Dushevina in an always-potentially-tricky all-Russian (winner to face Justine Henin) and (14) Sharapova vs. Kirilenko, (27) Kleybanova vs. Dokic, (12) Pennetta vs. Chakvetadze, all-China meeting in Jie Zheng vs. Shuai Peng; Serena beat Safina in last year’s final.

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5 Comments for Australian Open Previews: Henin Unseeded, Sharapova v Kirilenko

Kimmi Says:

demantieva beats serena in Brisbane..6-3 6-2

Yeah demantieva..good work. But unfortunatly you have a very tough draw in melbourne. Henin second round is tough…Clijsters in the qtr final is also tough.

while serena is laughing to the final..ooh boy

Kimmi Says:

why did I say brisbane again..aarg..It should be sydney.

Cindy_Brady Says:

I don’t see Federer’s draw being any tougher than the other contenders. I bet Nadal is pissed that Murray is in his quarter.

Federer owns all the players in his quarter including Daveydenko who Federer will not take lightly should they meet. When Federer has something to prove, he usually wins. I doubt seriously he will lose to Daveydenko 3 times in a row.

I can see Federer getting to his 23rd consecutive semi-final. Not sure he will win the whole thing, though.

I’m picking Del Potro. Younger fresher legs with a powerful game and a good attitude.

funches Says:

Federer and del Potro have played only twice. Their less famous match was a four-set final in Gstaad where Fed won his three sets comfortably.

funches Says:

Er, I meant Federer and Andreev.

Del Potro, Andreev. The names and games are just so close.

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