Federer, Davenport get Aussie top seeds

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaTop-seeded Lindsay Davenport will play Australian Casey Dellacqua in the first round in her tough quarter of the women’s draw that also features Venus Williams and 2004 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, meaning either one could meet Davenport in the quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, takes on Germany’s Sandra Kloesel in the first round while defending champion Serena Williams, also in Sharapova’s quarter and Davenport’s half, has a tough opener against China’s Li Na. Martina Hingis, a three-time Australian Open singles champion trying to come back after a three-year retirement, has drawn Vera Zvonareva of Russia, while former champion Mary Pierce plays Nicole Pratt of Australia. Second-seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium, bothered by a hip injury, will face Cho Yoon-jeong of South Korea. Also in Federer’s quarter of the draw is Tommy Haas of Germany, the former No. 2 who beat Federer in an exhibition tournament this week. Haas opens against the former world junior champion, Richard Gasquet of France. Second-seeded Andy Roddick and fourth-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, in the same half of the draw, have both drawn qualifiers for their first-round matches. center_img MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt were placed in the same half of the Australian Open draw today, meaning two of the favorites for the season’s first major could meet in the semifinals. The top-seeded Federer will play a wild card entry, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, in the first round of the tournament beginning Monday. The third-seeded Hewitt, who lost in the second round and quarterfinals of two warmup tournaments, opens against Robin Vik of the Czech Republic. last_img

Post A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *