WTA Previews: Henin, Clijsters in Brisbane; Auckland No Top 10
by Staff | January 2nd, 2010, 3:10 pm

Henin, Clijsters, Ivanovic Headline WTA Brisbane

The Brisbane International in Australia kicks off the 2010 WTA Tour in wild fashion, featuring the return of former world No. 1 Justine Henin, fellow Belgian comeback queen and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters as the top seed, in addition to seeds Nadia Petrova, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Alisa Kleybanova, Aleksandra Wozniak, Melinda Czink and Iveta Benesova. ADHEREL

The No. 2-seeded Petrova did herself no favor during the draw ceremony when she drew herself against Henin in the opening round.

“You would like to get a little easier opponent to get into the year and get some confidence,” Petrova said.

Other opening round match-ups of interest are Clijsters against Italian Tathiana Gabin, with the winner to likely face (WC) Alicia Molik; No. 5 Kleybanova in an all-Russian encounter against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and No. 3 Ivanovic vs. former Top 5-er Jelena Dokic.

Henin is playing her first tournament in over a year and a half after retiring in May 2008.

Last year Victoria Azarenka defeated Marion Bartoli in the final.

Pennetta Leads Weak Field at WTA Auckland

No. 12-ranked Flavia Pennetta is the top seed this week at the marquee-challenged ASB Classic in Auckland.

Pennetta is joined by seeds Na Li, Yanina Wickmayer, Francesca Schiavone, Virginie Razzano, Elena Vesnina, Aravane Rezai and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Pennetta opens against American Jill Craybas. Rezai starts against fellow Frenchwoman Julie Coin.

Other unseeded players in the field of semi-note are Carla Suarez Navarro, Sania Mirza, Alize Cornet, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Shahar Peer and Maria Kirilenko.

Missing is defending champion Elena Dementieva, who in last year’s all-Russian final defeated Vesnina 6-4, 6-1.

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5 Comments for WTA Previews: Henin, Clijsters in Brisbane; Auckland No Top 10

Kimmi Says:

I hope I can watch some matches in Brisbane. Should be great tennis with clijsters, henin, Wozniacki.

Petrova lost to henin in an exho few weeks ago. I hope henin wins, i want to see more of her.

Ivanovic is back too, lets see if her GS win was not a fluke, she needs a better 2010.

huh Says:

GO HENIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

margot Says:

Hi everyone! Happy new year! Really looking forward to Aussie Open.
Also, meantime Brisbane will be interesting, I love Suarez-Navarro, she’s got a wonderful backhand, also not adraid to volly.
Sorry to post this on wrong thread, but it’s the most recent so:
Huh: did you see item on “New fsces in tennis”? One of the people featured is Dimitrov, I know you like him too. Only 17, what a talent. I’ll also be watching Tomic and Ball.

margot Says:

P.S. My typing has gone to the dogs, must be down to the “frightful weather” we are having in UK, Puckbandit!

huh Says:

HI MRS. MARGOT!!!!!!! :P :D :)

I’m so happy, you’re back! I and madmx were talkin about u on Jan 1. And yes, you’re back! I’m really wishin ur Murray the best of luck for this year hopin that it’d be his breakthrough year in slams.

Of course Mrs.Margot, I really hope Dimitrov starts to do well, better and then the best as soon as possible! I just can’t wait to see him, the guy’s such a great style of play, I’m mesmerised! He serves like Safin and plays like Federer, what a combo! :P Can’t think of something better than that right now. The sooner Dimitrov kicks off on the tour, the better for me and you! But we can and must hope all the good things for him now, that’s all we can do. Leave the rest to the will of the Almighty! HE’d do what is right!

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