ATP/WTA Previews: Sydney, Auckland, More
by Staff | January 6th, 2013, 5:00 pm

Sydney, Australia; Surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: John Isner, Gilles Simon, Andreas Seppi, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Florian Mayer, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Jeremy Chardy, Marcel Granollers

Men’s Floaters: Kevin Anderson, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Bernard “The Tank Machine” Tomic

Notes: Weak field with no Top 10 and only two Top 20 participants…wildcards went to Aussies James Duckworth, Matthew Ebden and John Millman…Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet pulled from the event…Aussie intrigued with Tomic opening against countryman Marinko Matosevic…Top-seeded Isner a question mark after inuring his knee at the Hopman Cup…No. 2 Simon after a bye likely looking at a tough match-up against veteran and 2012 winner Jarkko Nieminen…Returning champions in the field are Nieminen (2012) and Simon (2011).

Women’s Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Sara Errani, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Nadia Petrova

Women’s Floaters: Tamira Paszek, Jelena Jankovic, Daniela hantuchova, Lucie Safarova, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Kirilenko, Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges, Yanina Wickmayer

Notes: Strong field, with seven of the eight seeds ranked in the Top 10…Tough openers include Paszek vs. Jankovic, (5) Kvitova vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Kerber after a bye likely facing last week’s Auckland tournament runner-up Wickmayer…(4) Li starts against American Christine McHale, and (6) Stosur against China’s Jie Zheng…Li (2011) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Auckland, New Zealand; Surface: hard

Seeds: David Ferrer, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey, Jerzy Janowicz, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Martin Klizan, Thomaz Bellucci

Floaters: Yen-Hsun Lu, Benoit Paire, David Goffin, (WC) Gael Monfils, Brian Baker, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse

Notes: Ferrer is the two-time defending champion….Seeds Janiwicz and Klizan make their tournament debuts…Tough openers include Ferrer after a bye against the winner of up-and-comers Lu and Paire, (8) Bellucci vs. Goffin, (5) Janowicz vs. Baker, and (7) Klizan vs. X-Man…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2012-11,’07) and Kohlschreiber (2008).

Hobart, Australia; Surface: hard

Seeds: Hsieh Su-wei, Sorana Cirstea, Klara Zakopalova, Yaroslava Shvedova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Francesca Schiavone, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sloane Stephens

Floaters: Shuai Peng, Alize Cornet, Laura Robson, Mona Barthel

Notes: Only one Top 25 player in Hsieh…Tough openers include Taipei’s Hsieh vs. China’s Peng, (8) Stephens vs. Britain’s Robson in a battle of young guns, and an upset alert in (2) Cirstea vs. the defending champion Barthel…Wildcards went to Aussies Ashleigh Barty, Jarmila Gajdosova, and Bojana Bobusic…Barthel (2012) is the lone returning champion in the field.

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5 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Sydney, Auckland, More

alison Says:

Just wondering if David Ferrer is playing too much by playing in Auckland this week so close to the AO,surely hes had enough HC practice now,hope he doesnt suffer from burnout,he looked tired and like he needed a rest against Davey this week.

Wog boy Says:


Correction, “the tank engine” not “machine.” Very educational old cartoons:)

BT Says:

Stosur now 0-2 in Australian tour matches losing in Brisbane to Arvidson 1st round then losing her 1st round Sydney match to Zheng. Geez! Hopefully Tomic gives us Aussie’s something to cheer for this month cause it certainly isn’t Stosur :(

Alita Says:

Stosur’s lack of success is getting me down, I hope Tomic does better… or more likely both Tomic and Matosevic are going to die from heat stroke in 43 degree Sydney weather tomorrow. Time to lay out some eggs and fry them on the court.

BT Says:

I wouldn’t be suprised if some matches are postponed or cancelled in Sydney today under the extreme heat policy. As Alita said expected top of 43C today! (109.4F for you Americans)

45 min before play starts now and its already over 32C (90F)

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