Azarenka Leads Stacked Brisbane: ATP/WTA Previews
by Staff | December 30th, 2012, 1:25 pm

Doha, Qatar; Surface: hard

Seeds: David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Mikhail Youzhny, Jeremy Chardy, Viktor Troicki, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Pablo Andujar
Floaters: Gael “Force” Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko, Lukas Rosol

Notes: Not the prettiest field for the million-dollar oil-laden event, as the top dogs take the exo cash this week in Abu Dhabi…”Gasquet Back!” says the ATP website!…(8) Andujar opens against the Wimbledon Nadal-killer Rosol, and (3) Kohlschreiber will likely meet Monfils in the second round…Of the seeded players, only Youzhny and Troicki have career winning records in Doha…Davydenko (2010) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Brisbane, Australia; Surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Gilles Simon, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kei Nishikori, Florian Mayer, Jurgen Melzer, Martin Klizan

Men’s Floaters: Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic, Marcos Baghdatis

Men’s Notes: The unseeded Worm opens against Hewitt…Seeds Raonic and Klizan make debuts at event…Murray after a bye opens against Japan’s Tatsuma Ito or a qualifier…Other notables in the draw include Tommy Robredo, Julien Benneteau, Jarkko Nieminen…No. 2 seed Raonic after a bye will face the winner of American Brian Baker and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov…Former champs in the field are Murray (2012), The Worm (2009), and Hewitt (2000,’98).

Women’s Seeds: Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova, Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki

Women’s Floaters: Sabine Lisicki, Lucie Safarova, Sloane Stephens, Daniela Hantuchova

Women’s Notes: A loaded draw features all eight seeds ranked in the Top 10…The top-seeded Azarenka starts after a bye against the winner of Lisicki and Safarova…Receiving wildcards were Jarmila Gajdosova and Olivia Rogowska, and qualifying to the main draw were Bojana Bobusic, Ksenia Pervak, Olga Puchkova, and Monica Puig…Former champs in the field are Kvitova (2011) and Azarenka (2009).

Chennai, India; Surface: hard

Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Benoit Paire, Robin Haase, Yen-Hsun Lu, Go Soeda

Floaters: (WC) Somdev Devvarman

Notes: Chennai is India’s only ATP stop…Brutally bad field, but the locals can get a thrill if Devvarman advances to the second round against (1) Berdych…(6) Haase also starts against Indian riser (WC) Yuki Brambri…Returning champs in the field are Wawrinka (2011) and Cilic (2010-09).

Shenzhen, China; Surface: hard

Seeds: Li Na, Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic, Hsieh Su-wei, Klara Zakopalova, Peng Shuai, Laura Robson, Bojana Jovanovski

Floaters: Shahar Peer

Notes: Receiving wildcards were Chan Wing-yau, Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai…Qualifying to the main draw were the ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm, Anne Keothavong, Jessica Pegula and Stefanie Vogele…Pulling from the event were Iveta Benesova, Petra Martic, Mirjana Lucic and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova.

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5 Comments for Azarenka Leads Stacked Brisbane: ATP/WTA Previews

Wog boy Says:

Actually I like man lineup in Brisbane. Pitty it is not Sydney one since I will be going to watch some of the Sydney matches:(

Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Staff,

Still no post praising the Arrogant One. People here are hitting your Humble Highness from all sides..accusing me of being pregnant, serving silent doping ban, stealing the Egg Lover’s Donkey Cheese, etc.

Please…How about a post titled
“Arrogant One Hoping to win atleast 3 slams in 2013, including Roland Garros”

That will set the Arrotards loose and I can go back to recovering from my illness.

Wog boy Says:

Humble Rafa,

Good one, I feel for you and I mean it.

Get well soon and Happy New Year.

The great Czech Bird Says:

The Bird begins his flight at Chennai.. and then there is no stopping!

The Great Davy Says:

Quiet down luke-skywalking wannabe. You just wanting be next most boring player to me. You doing good job of it too. Almagro fan hate you, Federer fan hate you. Everyone hate you now! Everyone love and bows down to Your Great Davy!

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