Australian Open Preview

Australian Open Preview

Welcome-to-the-Australian-open-1.jpgI hope you brought your sun umbrellas and ice packs because it's going to be hot at the Australian Open.  And I hear that the weather down there is warm too! Yes, tonight, today, yesterday, tomorrow or whichever time zone Australia is in these days marks the beginning of the grand slam season.

The fields that come with it, though a bit shuffled, look very similar to those that we saw last year.  Listed below are the top 12 seeds in the men's and women's draws:
Men's
1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Novak Djokovic
4. Juan Martin Del Potro
5. Andy Murray
6. Nikolay Davydenko
7. Andy Roddick
8. Robin Soderling
9. Fernando Verdasco 
10. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
11. Fernando Gonzales
12. Gael Monfils
On the men's side there are several interesting things to look out for as the tournament progresses.  First, the possible and probable re-initiation of the Roddick-Federer rivalry in the quarterfinals.  Though Federer holds the head-to-head record at a mark of 20-2, their matches are usually close. 
Second, the Juan Martin Del Potro reunion tour commences. The Argentine, who was becoming one of the top players in the world before he suffered a season ending injury early last year, will try and regain some of the magic he had when he won the U.S. Open in 2009.  
Rafael Nadal also goes for the "grand slam."  Currently the proud owner of the last three championships (French, Wimbledon and U.S.) if Nadal wins the title here will complete the very infrequently accomplished task.  
Women's:
1. Caroline Wozniacki
2. Vera Svonareva 
3. Kim Clijsters
4. Venus Williams
5. Sam Stosur
6. Francesca Schiavone
7. Jelena Jankovic
8. Victoria Azarenka
9. Li Na
10. Shahar Peer
11. Justine Henin
12. Agnieszka Radwanska
There are a couple of low seeds this year that I believe can make a huge splash in the tournament.  
First, the pride of China, Li Na, always has great showings in the slams.  Call it a hunch, but I think she's primed for a run in a very favorable draw. 
Second, is Justine Henin.  She comes back after her injury suffered in the early summer of last year, possibly rusty, but always dangerous.  Don't be surprised to see her in the late rounds next week.  
Finally, Jelena Jankovic is due for a special tournament.  She has so much talent that, with how often new champions are crowned on the women's side, that you would think she could pull off two weeks of great tennis.  
Either way, we're in for two excited weeks. 
 

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  • Jelena Jankovic has so much talent that, with how often new champions are crowned on the women's side, that you would think she could pull off two weeks of great tennis. http://www.topdogtennis.com/features/

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