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January 8th, 2011

Querrey Leads Sydney with Del Potro Appearance; Auckland; ATP Previews

Notes: (8) Lu opens against Simon, and (6) Lopez vs. (WC) Del Potro; other wildcards to Brit James Ward and Aussie Matthew Ebden; Baghdatis beat Gasquet in last year’s final; Del Potro makes his first tournament appearance since October and only his third in the last 11 months after a right wrist injury that required surgery; American Donald Young lost in the qualifying as did Aussie Carsten Ball; seeds Querrey, Gulbis and Lopez have losing career records in Sydney; the Bryan brothers, winners in 2009, are the top seeds in the doubles; Baghdatis, the only returning champ in the field, is looking to become the first back-to-back winner since James Blake (2007-06); Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt (twice) won back-to-back titles, but no one has one three in a row in Sydney in the Open Era.

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 35 Comments »

January 8th, 2011

Wozniacki, Clijsters, 7 of Top 10 in Sydney; Hobart; WTA Previews

The list of floaters almost as impressive as the seed list; tough openers include Kirilenko vs. Cibulkova (winner to face (1) Wozniacki), (5) Schiavone vs. Kleybanova (winner to likely face Hantuchova), possible (3) Clijsters vs. Petrova 2nd rd., former world No. 2 Kuznetova vs. (WC) Dokic, winner to face (4) Stosur vs. Wickmayer winner, (6) Jankovic vs. Rezai, and (2) Zvonareva vs. winner of Pennetta vs. qualifier; 7 of the Top 10 players present in Sydney; Elena Dementieva (now retired) beat Serena Williams (now injured) in the 2010 final…Clijsters (2007, ’03) is the lone returning champ in the field, in addition to the 2008-05 runner-ups Kuznetsova (2008), Jankovic (2007), Schiavone (2006), and Stosur (2005); 11 former No. 1 players have won the Sydney title.

Posted by Staff @ 3:09 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 8th, 2011

Andy Roddick on Robin Soderling: He Hits So Big You’re at His Mercy [Video]

Video from Andy Roddick’s semifinal post match press conference from Brisbane.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:36 pm in Brisbane, Videos | 26 Comments »

January 8th, 2011

Juan Martin Del Potro Sailing in Sydney [Video]

Juan Martin Del Potro took a sailing tour in Sydney.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:16 pm in Sydney, Videos | 6 Comments »