Federer, Sharapova Headline Brisbane International; Preview
by Jeremy Davis | January 1st, 2016, 12:33 pm
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Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova show up to defend their Brisbane titles, where the men’s and women’s fields are stellar for an opening week to the year where the majority of the stars are usually off playing lucrative exhibitions.


In addition to six Top 10 players combined on the men’s and women’s sides, an unusual amount of unseeded floating talent includes Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Stosur, numerous former Slam finalists, and two former No. 1 players.

Here’s a look at the fields:

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia

Men’s Seeds: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Gilles Simon, David Goffin, Bernard Tomic, Dominic Thiem

Men’s Floaters: Grigor Dimitrov, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Victor Troicki, Steve Johnson

Men’s Notes: Two Top 10ers in the field in Federer and Nishikori, and more quality with the remaining seeds all ranked in the Top 20…Tough start for (5) Simon vs. Dimitrov, then meeting the winner of Troicki-Johnson…Wildcards were awarded to Aussies Ben Mitchell, James Duckworth and John-Patrick Smith…Withdrawing from the event were “I’m from” Jerzy Janowicz and Sam “The Bachelor” Querrey…Federer bested Raonic in three sets in last year’s final for his 1,000th match win and 83rd tour title…Former champs in the field are Federer (2015) and The Worm (2009).

Women’s Seeds: Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Timea Bacsinszky, Carla Suarez Navarro, Belinda Bencic, Roberta Vinci

Women’s Floaters: Victoria Azarenka, Yanina Wickmayer, Dominika Cibulkova, Jelena Jankovic, Ekaterina Makarova, Sara Errani, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Camila Giorgi, Sam Stosur

Women’s Notes: Four current Top 10ers in the field…A bevy of interesting first-rounders includes (1) Halep after a bye vs. the former No. 1 Azarenka; (8) Vinci vs. the former No. 1 Jankovic, and winner to meet the Wickmayer-Cibulkova victor; (3) Sharapova vs. her dangerous countrywoman Makarova; (7) Bencic vs. Errani; (5) Bacsinszky vs. the hard-hitting Pavlyuchenkova; and (4) Kerber vs. the riser Giorgi…Wildcards went to Aussie Priscilla Hon and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Last year Sharapova came from a set down to defeat Ana Ivanovic in the final…Former champs in the field are Sharapova (2015) and Azarenka (2009).

 


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6 Comments for Federer, Sharapova Headline Brisbane International; Preview

jane Says:

happy 2016 t-x-ers! :)

news: carlos moya is going to coach milos raonic!


Okiegal Says:

@Jane……Happy New Year 2016 to you too…..also friends and enemies!!

Jane, Moya coaching Milos is very interesting….

I wonder what tennis 2016 will have in store for us?????? Ready for the first slam……


lakie Says:

Hope Moya doesn’t teach Milos how to beat Rafa!


Okiegal Says:

@lakie 11:33……Nor do I!


Yolita Says:

Last year, I thought that Moyá might coach Nadal, they are such good friends…


mat4 Says:

@Yolita:

I would understand Annacone coaching Raonic, but Moya… it just doesn’t make sense. I also thought that Piatti&Ljubicic weren’t a good team for him, although Piatti seems to be an excellent coach, and all the players he worked with improved and achieved good results (Ljubicic, Djokovic, Gasquet). I don’t know where he is now, btw. Does he still work with Raonic?

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