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27
Dec
09

Casey Dellacqua awarded final wildcard to Brisbane Int.

After missing most of 2009 with a shoulder injury, Casey Dellacqua will make her WTA Tour comeback at the Brisbane International after receiving the final women’s wildcard today.

Joining Justine Henin and Alicia Molik, as the third and final wildcard recipient in Brisbane, all three will be keen to make an impression this January in the lead up to the Australian Open.

Fed Cup coach and national selector David Taylor said “Casey has really proven herself this month with her win over Olivia Rogowska in the Wildcard Play-off.

“She is a deserving recipient of the Brisbane International wildcard and will be looking to get some tough match play in the lead up to the Australian Open,” Taylor said.

“The Brisbane International will provide her with the high level games she needs to keep improving her form and after a tough year with injury she will be keen to take advantage of every opportunity given to her.

“Casey has worked hard to get herself back out there playing again and she will be a strong competitor in Brisbane.”

Brisbane International Tournament Director Steve Ayles said it is great to have another quality Australian player join the already strong women’s line-up in Brisbane.

“Casey is a former No.39 player and made the fourth round of Australian Open 2008,” Ayles said.

“She is a strong competitor who never gives up and will challenge any player she draws in Brisbane.

“She will no doubt be a crowd favourite at the tournament and it will be great to see her come up against the likes of Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic.

“I am very excited to have some of Australia’s best women, Dellacqua, Molik and Jelena Dokic, competing in Brisbane in 2010. They all have the potential to take out the first title of the year.”

Dellacqua will make her Grand Slam comeback at Australian Open 2010 after winning six consecutive matches at the Wildcard Play-off beating top seed Rogowska, 1-6 7-6(9) 6-3.

Three men’s wildcards for the Brisbane International are still to be announced.

The remaining men’s wildcards will join world No.6 Andy Roddick , reigning champion Radek Stepanek, fellow Czech Tomas Berdych, Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet, and crowd favourites James Blake and Marcos Baghdatis in the men’s draw.

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02
Dec
08

The 2009 Hopman Cup.

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There are so many tennis events scheduled for January 2009 that it is hard to keep track of them all, and difficult to figure out who is playing where. Each year a select group heads to Western Australia’s capital of Perth to participate in the Hopman Cup. It is the official mixed doubles team championship of the ITF, and is named after the celebrated Aussie coach Harold Hopman. Hyundai Corp. is the event sponsor and this is the event’s 21st. year of competition. The format is for 8 teams divided into 2 groups, that will play a round robin, the winners from each group will meet in the final on Jan. 9th.

 

Group A.

USA.            Serena Williams & James Blake.

Australia.    Casey Dellacqua & Lleyton Hewitt.

Germany.    Sabine Lisicki & Nicolas Kiefer.

Slovak Rep. Dominika Cibulkova & Dominic Hrbaty.

 

Group B.

Russia.       Dinara Safina & Marat Safin.

France.       Alize Cornet & Giles Simon.

Italy.          Flavia Pennetta & Simone Bolleli

Taipei.       Su-Wei Hsieh & Yen-Hsun Lu.

 

This will be the return to active competition for Aussie favourite Lleyton Hewitt who has been out with an injury since August. Both Serena and James Blake are former champions of the event though not with each other as playing partners. The brother and sister act of Dinara and Marat pose a threat and are favoured to win Group B and meet the USA in the final. The team from Chinese Taipei were the winners of the Asian Hopman Cup that was played in November. All these players will head to Melbourne for the Australian Open at the completion of this tournament.

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24
Nov
08

Two Aussie Ladies at the 2009 Australian Open.

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Even their most optimistic fans hold little hope for either Casey Dellacqua or Samantha Stosur to make it into the second week of the Ladies Singles Championship at the 2009 Australian Open. Both girls will be playing in front of their home country fans, and the cheers of encouragement will resound around the courts. The Australian fans are starved for a lady champion. Some of the older ones can still recall the 11 titles that Margaret Court won, and the 4 that Evonne Goolagong won, but its been a long time since another Aussie female has reached the final.
Casey is the highest ranked of the two in singles, and has had some success playing against the top 10 players. She is ranked 49, and in the 2008 Australian Open she beat both Amalie Mauresmo and Patty Schnyder on her way to reaching the quarter finals. With a little luck in the draw she might just make it into week two.
Samantha(Sam to her friends) Stosur is currently ranked 73, she missed a good part of the season through illness which caused her to drop down in the rankings, she reached the quarter finals of the Korean Open earlier this year for her best singles performance for quite a while. She will play in two more events before the end of the year then head ‘home’ to Australia for the summer. She splits her time between Australia and Florida.
For both these talented Aussies its in Doubles where they shine, and one or both might hold the Australian flag with pride as they are crowned Australian Champion.
In 2006 Sam Stosur was ranked the Number 1 doubles player, and with her partner Lisa Raymond they won the US Open in 2005, were runners up in the 2006 Aussie Open, and won the French Open at Roland Garros. They reached the final of the US Open in 2008 where they lost to Cara Black and Liezel Huber in a very close match that they should have won.
Casey reached the finals of the French Open in 2008 with her Italian partner Francesca Schiavone. As a player on the ITF womens circuit Casey won 11 singles titles and 13 doubles titles, so she knows how to win. Like every Australian Player she admires legend Margaret Court, but concedes that such dominance by a single player today is practically impossible.
Both Casey and Sam have been coached by Dave Taylor, this is a new relationship for Sam who has played without a coach for quite a while, she claims to be in the best condition of her life, and the quality of her game is at an all time high. There is no record of the two ladies ever playing together as doubles partners, maybe they never will, but it would seem that for a country to have two doubles payers of such high quality the occasion for them to team up must have presented itself. Let’s hope the Australian tennis fans are in for a surprise in January.

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