Women Tennis Players Hot Off the Press for the Australian Open

Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor

Hold onto your hats, or should I say, put on your hats and don your shades for the opening tournaments for 2012, which are gearing up to be an exciting and star studded line-up of the world’s best. Some the top women tennis players hot off the press for the Australian Open are: Samantha Stosur (Australia), Andrea Petkovic (Germany), Kim Clijsters (Belgium), Serena Williams (USA), Francesca Schiavone (Italy), Jelena Jankovic (Serbia), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia), and Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia), to name a few.

It’s promising to be an amazing event with huge prize money and stiff competition from some of the world’s top seeded tennis stars who have trained to the peak of fitness. With confidence and with mental game preparedness in place, each athlete now focuses on their inner game as well as looking at strict and specialized diets to keep them in optimum shape and health.

The top ranked women tennis players begin converging on Australian soil to meet both the heat of their rivals and the heat of the Aussie summer sun.

Women Tennis Players Hot Off the Press for the Australian Open and ASB Classic

The following article suggests a pretty tense tournament with world class clashes in the offing:

Women Tennis Players Hot Off the Press for the Australian Open

Women Tennis Players Hot Off the Press for the Australian Open. Kim Clijsters. Photo by J Servat

The start of the new tennis season is only a few days away and several of the top women will be in action in the first week of the 2012 season.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Brisbane in 2012,” Clijsters said. “The last time I was there I played extremely well. The final against Justine was a big match. We were extremely focused and set the bar pretty high. I was so excited to win that match and am hoping to get that kind of preparation again.

“Having won Brisbane in 2010 and then the Australian Open in 2011, I’m looking forward to getting back to Australia to defend both my titles.”

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

“I’ve never been to Brisbane but I’ve heard great things about it,” Williams said. “I have such a great fan base in Australia – the Australian Open is my favorite Slam to play so I’m really looking forward to going to Brisbane this year.

“It will also help me with my seeding going into the Australian Open.”

And then there’s the ASB Classic 2012 that started out with the disappointment of Venus Williams pulling out due to health reasons. However, tournament organizers are confident that a crowd-pleasing line-up will bring on a series a sensational tennis.

Those heading to Auckland are four Top 20 stars, namely Sabine Lisicki, Peng Shuai, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Pennetta. The last two champions, Yanina Wickmayer and Greta Arn, are also confirmed.

“Sabine is a very likable young woman,” said Tournament Director Richard Palmer. “She has always shown exceptional promise and has been one of the biggest movers on the WTA as she begins to fulfill that promise. Hopefully fans will be able to see her playing at her best and witness her big serve.

“To have four players from the Top 20 in the world and 10 players being ranked No.32 or higher makes this year’s ASB Classic field outstanding.”

Former Top 10 players Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Jelena Dokic and Kimiko Date-Krumm are also taking the court next week, Ivanovic, Hantuchova and Date-Krumm in Brisbane and Dokic in Auckland. Click here to visit the original source of this post

With news of the top women tennis players hot off the press for the Australian Open and ASB Classic, I’m expecting some seriously action-packed tennis matches Down Under that will start the season off with a bang. When the top women tennis players of the world get together to compete, there’s a certainty for some entertaining sport on the court as they battle between the lines to dominate and play their opponents with passion.

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