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Fish and Fowl 01/14/2010 - 5:08 PM

by Pete Bodo

All right, everyone, it's time to turn our attention to the Australian Open. The big question in my mind is this: Who does Justine Henin draw in the first round, Serena Williams or Kim Clijsters? We'll know if it's either of those women, or a qualifier, or someone neither fish nor fowl (Sania Mirza, anyone?) in just a few hours. Feel free to discuss the draw here as it's announced, and to indulge in your passion for bracketology as the evening progresses.

Most of you know I'm apathetic to bracketology. It's been a pretty long time since any match result really surprised me, although I confess I didn't feel obliged to hustle out to Roland Garros on my first afternoon in Paris last year because I felt that Robin Soderling might beat Rafael Nadal. I take no pleasure in predicting match results, because I have a healthy respect for the level at which most people play today. Will Nicolas Almagro beat Fernando Verdasco if they meet in the first round, thus clearing the way for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to beat Almagro and position himself for a semifinal run?

If I put the pedal to the metal on Third Avenue and run the light on 66th Street, will I get T-boned by a taxi cab?

Maybe. Maybe not.

A lot of things can go wrong, and for 127 players in the draw at least something pretty important will. But this year, with both Kim and Justine ranked some distance from what their track records would suggest is a good number, I'm pretty curious to see what the fate has in store. This is the Australian Open, not Brisbane.

The other day, we had a conference call with ESPN commentators Darren Cahill and Pam Shriver. It smoked out the elite among U.S. tennis writers, including Diane Pucin (LA Times), Doug Robson (USA Today), Howard Fendrich (Associated Press), Liz Clarke (Washington Post), Michelle Kaufman (Miami Herald), and Richard Deutsch (Sports Illustrated).

When my turn came, I asked both commentators to answer the same question: Who will finish the year ranked higher among the men, Roger or Rafa, and who will finish higher among the women, Kim or Justine?

Darren on the men: "I would definitely go with Roger. He's got to be the favorite in three of the four Grand Slam events, and he handles the transition from one surface to another better than anyone. Rafa still struggles a bit on certain surfaces, trying to adapt his game to being more aggressive. He's still a work in progress in that regard."

Pam: "I think the question marks about Rafa's knees and the overall physical issues he's had make it difficult to pick him, so I'm going with Roger."

Darren on the women: "I'll base my choice more on watching the body language both women showed in Brisbane. Kim was extremely composed - she went about her business looking like a complete player. Justine, you could see the tension in her body, like it really means something to her to come back and be successful right away. If you transform that tension through into a Grand Slam event, you have to wonder if her nerves and tension won't get the better of her. Justine came back for different reasons than Kim, and they imply more pressure. Kim seems incredibly happy with her family and baby, and really at ease. I think that will translate into an incredible 2010 for her."

Pam: "I'm amazed that we've already had a WTA match that was being talked about so much in terms of quality and drama, it was an exciting start to the year. But when somebody (Justine) is starting from zero (rankings-wise) and another player is starting from no. 15, just odds-wise you have to go with the more proven player. So I'll have to say Kim."

I publish these thoughts in an edited, economic form, but during the call they spoke in a different order, and Pam jumped back in after originally saying her piece with this: "If I can put in one last thing: If they (Kim and Justine) ever play each other in a major, frankly, I would always have to go with Justine until Kim proves me wrong. Justine's been that much tougher, mentally. Maybe having a baby, certain other factors have changed that, but I'll have to see it to believe it."

At that point, Darren interjected: "That's why I'm going with Kim - I think she's going to turn that around."

If y'all remember, last week I picked two players to watch for in 2010 (Clijsters and Andy Murray). The ESPN talking heads addressed that, too, if in other contexts.

Pam, on her under-the-radar player to watch: "I'm looking at the third Belgian, Yanina Wickmayer. She made the U.S. Open semifinals last year, and even though she's been through a lot since then (including the ongoing controversy over Wickmayer's violation of the drug-testing agency's "Whereabouts" rule), she's got a really big game. I want to see how much it's matured since the Open. This girl could be really good."

Darren (the question that elicited this response was whether or not Andy Murray's window of opportunity has passed): "Well, 2009 was the first year we really considered Andy a potential winner at a major, and his progress has been on an upward curve. He needs to make a jump, though. He needs to have more offense. In majors last year, he kind of sat back and waited for the tennis to come to him. That won't do it. But it's been a learning process for Andy and his coaches, and I think we'll see him come out of the blocks and assert himself. The surface in
Australia is great for him, and he trains in Miami so he's accustomed to the sun. I would expect this to be the year he wins his first major. He's probably my tip to win the Australian."

There you have it, get ready to celebrate, or gnash your teeth, as the draw unfolds.

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Posted by VC 01/14/2010 at 05:15 PM


Posted by VC 01/14/2010 at 05:16 PM

Always wanted to do that. The draw will be interesting to watch, particularly on the women's side.

Posted by Peg 01/14/2010 at 05:24 PM

(1) Allez Julien! *shares truffles with Jenni*

(2) Roddick gets my Best Reaction to Getting Upstaged Award: he's offering koala plushies at his online shop.

(3) Haven't made up my mind re: AO. Would love to see Kolya prove his doubters wrong, even though I agree they're right to question his stamina.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 05:33 PM

Congrats VC on being first

Way To Go!

Posted by VC 01/14/2010 at 05:36 PM

Thanks, aussiemarg! :-)

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 05:37 PM

Australian Open main draw is scheduled for 6:40 PM EST per AO website

Friday Order of Play:

ATP: Auckland at 6 PM - SF: Isner vs Montanes with Kohlschreiber vs Clement to follow
ATP: Sydney at 7 PM: Hutchins/Kerr vs Aspelin/Hanley, Nestor/Zimonjic vs Andreev/Korolev, Gasquet vs Benneteau and Baghdatis vs Fish
WTA: Hobart at 8 PM - SF : Errani vs Peer
WTA: Hobart at 3 AM - SF: Medina Garrigues vs A Bondarenko
WTA: Sydney at 3:30 AM - F: Serena Williams vs Elena Dementieva with Black/Huber vs Garbin/Petrova to follow

Kooyong exo matches start at 7 PM
Fernando Gonzalez vs Ivan Ljubicic
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Tommy Haas
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs Sam Querrey - Bonus match

Kooyong final at 9 PM Friday night(3 PM local Saturday): Fernando Verdasco vs TBD

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 05:45 PM

Australian Open Top 10 WTA Contenders and Floaters

2009 record – Best Australian Open Result - Comments

(1)Serena Williams (45-12): 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 Champion. She is going for her 5th title and 12th career slam (2002 French, 2002, 2003, 2009 Wimbledon, 1999, 2002, 2008 United States Open). She has never won the AO in the even year and is 1 for 9 in defending her previous Slam titles.
(2)Kim Clijsters (13-3): 2004 F. She has done well on her comeback tour that was started in July capped off with a win at USO defeating the Williams Sisters along the way and now started off 2010 with a win over Justine Henin at Brisbane which will do a lot for her mentally.
(3)Justine Henin(No 2009 record): 2004 Champion. By making the final at Brisbane, her comeback is off to a good start highlighted by two matches that were decided in a deciding tiebreaker.
(4)Maria Sharapova(31-9): 2008 Champion. Her result will be partly determined on how much her shoulder has healed. If her shoulder has rested well in the offseason, her serve should be a factor.
(5)Elena Dementieva (54-16): 2009 SF. In 2009, Elena won her first 15 matches (winning Auckland and Sydney) until she ran into Serena, who she defeated in the semifinals at Sydney earlier.
(6)Venus Williams (36-13): 2003 F. In 2009, she lost in a 2nd round shocker to Carla Suarez Navarro letting her rally from 5-2 in the final set to win. At this point in her career, her erratic play leaves her vulnerable for an early exit.
(7)Victoria Azarenka (44-13): 2009 R16. She started off 2009 by winning her first title in Brisbane and followed that up with a 4th round finish AO where she had to retire against Serena when she got ill. So far in her first 3 official matches in 2010, she has won 3 three sets matches with the final set score 7-5.
(8)Dinara Safina (55-15): 2009 F. She made the finals despite not playing her best tennis but her will and determination played a role as she saved match points against Alize Cornet and survived a tough 3 setter against Jelena Dokic, who was the story of the 2009 AO. However, a potential stumbling block is her back and how well have she recovered.
(9)Caroline Wozniacki (65-22): 2008 R16. Her record for the past 2 years is 123-42 with 6 titles. In 2009, she capped off a breakout year making the Sony Ericsson Championships, where she gutted out 2 wins.
(10)Svetlana Kuznetsova (42-14): 2005, 2009 QF. She finally got her name off the One Slam wonder list when she won the French Open in 2009.

Marion Bartoli(49-22): 2009 QF
Ana Ivanovic(24-14): 2008 F
Jelena Jankovic (44-17): 2008 SF
Sabine Lisicki(31-18): 2008 R32
Flavia Pennetta(55-24): 2006, 2009 R32
Shahar Peer (41-23): 2007 QF
Aravane Rezai (43-23): 2008 R32
Samantha Stosur(38-20): 2006 R16
Agnieszka Radwanska (43-23): 2008 QF
Yanina Wickmayer (55-23): 2009 R128

Posted by mcakron 01/14/2010 at 05:55 PM

Thanks for the write-ups, MA. Some added juice to the women's game this year as evidenced by Venus at #6 and a couple of dangerous names in your "floater" list. I'm going with a slight surprise winner in Elena, and probably just doomed the girl to a third round exit.

Posted by Avec Double Cordage 01/14/2010 at 05:56 PM

good to see Henin's back ...hand

Posted by Mr. X 01/14/2010 at 06:05 PM

OK, since today is apparently "list day", here goes my blatant imitation of Master Ace's well reasoned and wisely-elaborated WTA contenders list. Disclaimer: since i'm not anywhere near MA's awesome level of knowledge, it's less fact-based, and more a matter of opinion. I also agree with AM, who constantly says the AO is the hardest Slam to predict. So, here we go:
Australian Open ATP Top 10 Contenders and Floaters:

1-Roger Federer: I know, i know. He looks slightly more vulnerable, he could have some kind of physical issue, HCs seem to be his worst surface at this point (or the one where he's more beatable), and it looks like his incredible SF streak could even end here. With all that being said, i'm not putting a guy with 15 Slams, 7 consecutive Slam finals and 22 consecutive SFs anywhere other than No.1, until all those facts stop being true (or RG comes along)

2-Juan Martin Del Potro: I've heard that he pulled out of Kooyong with a wrist injury, but i dont think it's gonna be serious. Same comments were being made about him before the WTF, and he delivered there. I just think the big guy knows how to pace himself for the Slams. And, unlike the one behind him, his head is rarely an issue. As for game, i think he will dominate sooner or later, and HC is his best surface. If he gets to his USO form, i think he's very close to unbeatable. Besides, he's from Argentina, so he shouldnt have much trouble with the heat.

3-Novak Djokovic: There have been bad comments about his play in Kooyong, when he got hammered by Verdasco, but he has made a big effort to prepare himself for this Slam after what happened last year. Besides, he was the one in better form at the end of last year till he ran out of gas. He knows he can do well in this Slam, and if his head is in the right place, he has a lot of game. A LOT.

4-Rafael Nadal: He has been showing signs of being on his way back to his best form, but his game, and specially his confidence, isnt there just yet, although it's pretty close. Besides, the 2 guys just above him are incredibly bad matchups for him on HCs, so i cant really put him over them. Actually, he's not No.5 because the guy just behind him doesnt seem to believe he can deliver in a Slam.

5-Nikolay Davydenko: the guy in top form at the moment, he goes down in the ranking because of his own words downplaying his chances, and the fact that he isnt probably very confortable in the heat. Besides, the 4 guys above him have proved to be more capable of delivering in the 2-week, 7 best of 5 matches structure of the Slams. But beating him is gonna be very, very difficult.

6-Andy Murray: considering his lackluster previous showing to this tournament, and the fact that so far he has failed to deliver at the Slams where he was the favourite (i'm kinda surprised that some have him as favourite again), this is the place that he belongs in. However, i have a funny feeling about him: now that several others have less expectations about him, and he's not such a big favourtie, it may be his time to deliver at a Slam.

7-Andy Roddick: Even if he won Brisbane last week, he didnt look very confident when trying to close the match in the final, and he is coming off an injury. Unless he gets his serve working extremely well or he finds his form from Wimbledon (i doubt it), i dont see him being able to handle the guys above him from the baseline.

8- Marin Cilic: I think this is the guy who will determine which of the top players has the toughest draw, since he could be a 4th round opponent for them. So far, he's a light version of Delpo, but there could be some more improvements to come from him. He has started the year well, defending his Chennai title.

9- Fernando Verdasco: out of respect for his phenomenal run here last year, and becasue of the fact that he seems to be fit and reasonably confident. He has a big, big game and he proved last year that he can get very close to beating the top guys. But he hasnt showed that he can actually beat them.

10- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: i had a lot of doubts about this one, but of the players left, he's the one that has proved that he can get very hot in this tournament, and he has enough of a big game to beat anybody. Problem is, he often has enough of a bad brain to beat himself.

Floaters would be: Robin Soderling, Fernando Gonzalez, Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych, Lleyton Hewitt (it's the AO, after all).
Most dangerous opponent for the top players in the early rounds: Richard Gasquet.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 06:09 PM

Surprised to see Pammy pick Wicky as the under-the-radar player to watch when, just a few months ago, she couldn't even conceal her disdain when saying the word "Wickmayer." :)

Posted by Charles 01/14/2010 at 06:13 PM

Aus Open picks:
1. del Potro - by default in a ways, he CAN win it, and I don't think the others will
2. Federer - just hasn't looked sharp recently, but will should take him to the final, depends on the draw
3. Djokovic - has all the tools, will he be distracted by offcourt acting/world cup etc?
4. Nadal - could surprise us all, but hasn't shown yet if "he's back"
5. Murray - has the talent, but hasn't shown the ability to put it together at a slam, will make a tough qf for someone
6. Davydenko - should be the pick based on current form, does he have the self belief?
7. Roddick - has a 2010 tournament win under his belt and something to prove
8. Soderling - looked impressive in beating Fed, but the field is too deep to move beyond qf

Women (I change my opinion everyday...)
1. Clijsters - has the ability, will she stay calm if she gets in tight against SW or JH
2. Henin - hopefully she doesn't get a top seed in the first round, a win would not surprise
3. SWilliams - if she stays fierce could easily run away with the title, will she be cowed by the USO default?
4. Sharapova - the shoulder is the question mark, hasn't shown she's back yet on the big stage
5. VWilliams - could be an early loss, which Venus will show up?
6. Dementieva - looked great in shellacking Azarenka, but head is always a question
7. Wozniacki - lacks wins against big names, unlikely to get past qf
8. Kuznetsova - could win, could lose 3R...
9. Azarenka - has the talent, can she put it together mentally to be consistent?

Posted by Pete 01/14/2010 at 06:14 PM

Actually, sblily, Pam addressed that in the conference call. She said that her reference to Wickmayer (whoever heard of her?) in the post-match after Wozniacki beat Oudin was misinterpreted as a put-down. She intended no slight, just tried to express her surprise.

Posted by Corrie 01/14/2010 at 06:16 PM

I don't have a clue who's going to win. But last night I saw Federer at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe chocolate judging and Q&A fiesta and he emphasised to two of us who chatted to him when he first arrived that he was very well, and later he told everyone that he was arm was fine, had only been a problem in the Doha final and that he was pracising for hours each day - I know he plays things down, but people who count him out are making a mistake.

I thought Djokovic might be a goer but he was utterly woeful yeaterday.

The Lindt bash was a lot of fun and Federer was very charming to all the fans and chocoholics, including a big group from his web site who got to pose for photos with him, and the winners of a competition to see the chocolate tasting and ask him questions. The Lindt staff and media gave him a standing ovation as he walked in and he spent an hour there tasting chocolate, answering questions and chatting.

Thinking about Aussie tennis, I fear that Tomic's father is taking on the mantle of obnoxious tennis parent, so after putting up with Hewitt's in your face stuff for years, it might be a case of out of the frying pan into the fire.

Posted by VC 01/14/2010 at 06:20 PM

*he walked in and he spent an hour there tasting chocolate*

I volunteer to be Lindt's next multi-million endorser. ;-)

Posted by Corrie 01/14/2010 at 06:24 PM

By the way, I thought Fed definitely looked thinner than when I saw him a year ago close at hand at Kooyong. I haven't been so close to Nadal (shame) but he seems thinner too. Are they having a slimming rivalry on top of the usual Fedal things?

Posted by mcakron 01/14/2010 at 06:24 PM

Cool story, Corrie. Sounds like quite the experience.

Posted by Corrie 01/14/2010 at 06:26 PM

mcackron, I now have chocolate bars adorned with Roger's face asking to be eaten. So much for New Years resolutions.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 06:30 PM

Pete - Thanks for that added clarification.

Corrie - Thx for the report. I still have to smile at Fed's Lindt deal -- Mirka is a lucky woman. :)

Posted by mcakron 01/14/2010 at 06:30 PM

Well, they're made to be broken; the resolutions, that is.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 06:31 PM

Well I have eaten soo much bloody Lindt chocolate over Christmas/New Year period I am started to look kind of like a Block

A Rafa fan as well,fancy admitting that! lol!

Posted by Mr. X 01/14/2010 at 06:31 PM

"Are they having a slimming rivalry on top of the usual Fedal things?"
If they are, let me be the first to say that Nadal has a superior H2H against Fed in the slimming department. Besides, any of Fed's past slimming achievements came in a weak era:)

Posted by marieJ vamos rafa en 2010 ! 01/14/2010 at 06:34 PM

hi pete, so where is going to land justine is the juicy question until the draw comes out ?
i bet my money on anyone outside the top 15... nobody wants to ruin the contest no ?

it's a new one, and where is going to land djoko/murray/delpo is a deadhorse no ?

take care and enjoy your 24h trip to australia ;) are you flying by any chance the 380 airbus at some point (aka singapour airlines) ?

i'll be busy for the next days, but this draw is going to be as usual a battle of cakes ;)

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 06:34 PM

I think there is so much fear of who will get to face Justine with the top player. Imagine a Justine and Serena first round. Justine should have been given a top ten seed. Go Justine!

Posted by Corrie 01/14/2010 at 06:35 PM

Mr X, in spite of all the chocolate tasting Fed is looking lean and dangerous. Any more slimming and he'll weigh less than Davy.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 06:41 PM

Somebody please post the draw ASAP, I can never read it right so people please tell me what side all my favorites are on. I'm hoping Robin doesn't get Roger. Thanks.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 06:41 PM

Somebody please post the draw ASAP, I can never read it right so people please tell me what side all my favorites are on. I'm hoping Robin doesn't get Roger. Thanks.

Posted by mcakron 01/14/2010 at 06:41 PM

Fed can look a bit whippet-like, almost like a Tour de France cyclist except for the right arm and the shoulders. But then again, it might help with his longevity and save the joints. Probably why Rafa is cutting a few pounds if impressions are accurate -- though I sometimes wonder if it's only an optical illusion on account of the muscle T/clamdiggers retirement.

Posted by Pspace (Lookin' for Court No. 3) 01/14/2010 at 06:42 PM

Fed is so thin these days...we're probably a couple of pounds away from a starvation alert. I wonder if the gains in movement are offset by a loss in power. Roddick would also belong to the "get a sandwich" club. Oh well, I guess the legs aren't so young any more.

As for favorites, I'll put them in groups:

1. Rafa, del Potro, Fed
2. Djokovic, Kolya, Muzz
3. Rest of the world

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 06:43 PM

Dont worry guys I will give my accurate opinion on both players regarding their size etc

I am going to the AO Open

Maybe Roger needs to visit Aussie Macca's while in Melbourne

I am sure there is one near the Crown where he stays.

Posted by maedel 01/14/2010 at 06:44 PM

is there a live stream for the draw?

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 06:48 PM

maedal There is the AO OPen radio.though I dont know if its going to be as yet up and running for the draw.

Posted by maedel 01/14/2010 at 06:50 PM

thanks, AM. i'll check out the radio.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 01/14/2010 at 06:55 PM

Peg! It's not that people doubt Kolya in a 5 setter, its that the man himself has said on more than one occasion recently that he doubts himself in best of five! Love the guy, and his frankness. someone earlier today called him a poor man's jim courier. i sort of liked that.

So this is our post to have chicklets over the draw.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 06:55 PM

maedal I just went to the AO site,the radio is not in progress

Live streaming from Melbourne Park,starting at 10.40am out time

John McEnroe and Ana Inanovic will be taking part in the draw

Posted by maedel 01/14/2010 at 06:55 PM

and, AM, enjoy the AO! I look forward to your reports. Hope to get there myself someday when I've retired.

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 06:56 PM

There is supposed to be a livestream of the draw. I don't exactly know where it is, though. There's an announcement about it on the front page of the Slam's website, but no link to the stream.

Posted by Bobby 01/14/2010 at 06:57 PM

Hi, Guys. Maybe we don't see the live stream of the draw because they're running late? Geez, I canceled my workout and everything.

Posted by Bobby 01/14/2010 at 07:01 PM

On Facebook the AO said there's a slight delay but that the video will be accessible from the tourney's home page.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 01/14/2010 at 07:01 PM

Gosh. To think I rushed to make dinner early!

Posted by Mr. X 01/14/2010 at 07:02 PM

Well, it's time for me to leave, but since i wont be around for the time the draw is known, let me add something to the discussion that's inevitably gonna happen:
*Insert player name here* has such a cupcake! He keeps getting these cream-puff draws!
*insert player name here* once again got all his minions in the draw, so that he can get to the SFs.

Yep, that will pretty much make it.
Before it happens, all i'll say is that i believe, for the top guys, Clic is the toughest 4th round (by far), and Sod and Roddick are the easiest QFs.
So i'll say it in advance. If someone gets anybody other than Cilic and Sod in the draw, his draw is gonna be relatively easy, IMO. Dont know about cupcakes. As oposed to that, if someone gets Cilic in the 4th round and Kolya (or Muzz) in the quarters, his draw will be tough.
This way, i make my opinions clear before the draw is out, and i'll kept it regardless of the player who gets said draws. Just to make things clear.
Now, it's time for me to go get some sleep.
See you tomorrow, everyone.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 07:04 PM

Typical Aussie laid back style

Always running late,like 20mins

I blame Miss Ana for this,probably hasnt got her make up on or something

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 01/14/2010 at 07:06 PM

This does not look good. The just changed the headline on their main page from "watch live streaming of the AO draw" to "AO draw announced today".

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 07:08 PM

Pspace Dont worry.I am trying to access live stream here from Sydney.pfft.

Posted by The Fan Child 01/14/2010 at 07:08 PM

Wicky has another qualifying match today, so it's going to be a long road for her in Melbourne - but I like her overall game as well. She's big and strong and fearless...

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:11 PM

"Typical Aussie laid back style
Always running late,like 20mins"

I'd fit right in. If I don't get killed that is.

Qualies update
LRobbie down a set against Krajicek. :/
Mladenovic looking good for another win.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 07:12 PM

oops my last post to have gone to Papo

Posted by melancho 01/14/2010 at 07:12 PM

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 01/14/2010 at 07:12 PM

Live stream for the draw is on!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 07:13 PM

Ahhh crap my phone is ringing

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:14 PM

Henin to play Flipkins in the 1st round.
Dementieva in the 2nd round.

Posted by melancho 01/14/2010 at 07:14 PM

justine-elena possible 2nd round

ana being hilarious

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 07:14 PM

Thanks guys I just got it up,before the phone went

OK only 30 mins late

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:14 PM

women's draw already complete. About to do men's draw.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 07:15 PM

melancho - Thx for link!

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:17 PM

That's different from what the Australian paper is reporting. They're saying that Henin would play the winner of the Dokic/Rogowska match.

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:19 PM

JFC! Will JMac shut up already?

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 07:19 PM

They are talking to John McEnroe at the moment.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 07:19 PM

Is Juju on Venus or Serena's side and where is Scandinavia's #1 and Kim??

Posted by melancho 01/14/2010 at 07:20 PM

word. although in his defense they are asking him questions.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 07:20 PM

JFC! Will JMac shut up already?

Word. Ugh.

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:21 PM

They changed their tune. They're now saying that Henin is facing Dementieva, except where they have the Dokic faces Henin in second round as the header.

Posted by wilson75 01/14/2010 at 07:21 PM

When are they actually going to start the men's draw? All I'm seeing is Jmac talking

Posted by VC 01/14/2010 at 07:22 PM

Is there a stream for this?

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 07:22 PM

A top player will have to deal with Richard per ATP draw.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 07:23 PM

VC - see melancho's 7:12

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:24 PM

I can't be sure, but I think Fed gets Nole and Rafa gets JMdP.

Posted by VC 01/14/2010 at 07:24 PM

Thanks, sblily.

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:24 PM

Fed has Davydenko in the quarters. Djokovic has Soderling. Del Potro has Roddick. Nadal - Murray.

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Murray in Rafael quarter while Davydenko is in Roger quarter

Roddick in Novak quarter and Soderling is in Del Potro quarter

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Kim has a qualifier in 1st round.

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Fabulous. Tsonga is in Fed's quarter.

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Fed and Djokovic on the same side and Del Potro and Nadal on the same side.

Posted by Pspace (Lookin' for Court No. 3) 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Q1 - Fed vs Kolya
Q2 - Nole vs Sod
Q3 - Elf vs Roddick
Q4 - Rafa vs Muzz

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Karin 1492,
Thought I heard otherwise but you are correct.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 07:25 PM

Rafa, Muzz, and Elf all on the same half of the draw.

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:26 PM

Murray has Cilic in the fourth round.

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:27 PM

Ryan Harrison vs Taylor Dent 1st rounder. :/

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:27 PM

Federer could face Hewitt in the third round.

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:28 PM

Gasquet-Youzhny first rounder. :|

Posted by Master Ace 01/14/2010 at 07:28 PM

Be back to discuss draw...

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:29 PM

My bad, Davydenko would face Hewitt. Federer has Montanes, possibly, in the third round.

Posted by Bobby 01/14/2010 at 07:30 PM

I'm bummed Elena D. and Justine will face each other in the second round (if that's true).

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:30 PM

So Fed will likely get the winner of Tsonga/Haas in the 4th round.
And Almagro in the 3rd round. I give up.

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:32 PM

Gulbis/Monaco 1st round.

Posted by ericinphilly 01/14/2010 at 07:33 PM

wow! the mens draw seems pretty tough and interesting so far..

and it looks like elena gets justine in her qtr....bummer to her.

how bout other womens qtrs? can someone post since i cant access live feed. thks

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 07:34 PM

I'm disgusted with the drawer, Juju and Kim in a quarter, Vee and Ree in each other quarters and Juju gets Demmy in second, so unfair for Juju.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 07:34 PM

Gulbis/Monaco 1st round


Posted by Carrie 01/14/2010 at 07:34 PM

The Pico/Ernie match could be very the winner could go on te meet Davy in the third. The livestream should have a different angle so you could- you know see the draw filled out.

Posted by karin1492 01/14/2010 at 07:35 PM

Federer plays Andreev in the first round.

Posted by Kombo 01/14/2010 at 07:35 PM

I don't see and Courier Kolya resemblance in their game at all. Courier's style was messy and unorthodox, Kolya's textbook immaculate.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 07:36 PM

I'm glad I don't drink because I would take one right now after looking at the drawer. Top players are going to go out early. Where is Caro and Sharapova?

Posted by Bobby 01/14/2010 at 07:39 PM

Samantha Elin, I'm not happy about the draw either, and I DO drink. So... thanks for the idea! :)

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 01/14/2010 at 07:39 PM

Anyone have a link showing the brackets?

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 01/14/2010 at 07:39 PM

Darn Maria is on Serena's side, she can't be happy with that.

Posted by Jenni 01/14/2010 at 07:39 PM

LOL, this guy is so over McEnroe's rambling.

This draw could've been a lot worse for Justine. Elena seems to have a pattern of playing well leading up to the AO and then flaming out.

Posted by ladyjulia 01/14/2010 at 07:41 PM

Andreev first round? Didn't Andreev take him to five sets at USO 2008?

Posted by greenhopper 01/14/2010 at 07:41 PM

Rafa/Peter Luczak 1st round.
Some seeded German in the 3rd round.
Some seeded Czech in the 4th round.

Posted by Bobby 01/14/2010 at 07:43 PM

sblily, I don't have a link to the brackets. I do have this regarding the women's draw.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 01/14/2010 at 07:44 PM

Jenni Spot on with Elena,did the same thing last year.The serve under pressure in big matches.Sigh

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