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Posted: Jan Fri 05, 2018 9:53 pm       WTA Sydney Draw and Results
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[1-WC] Garbine Muguruza v Bye
[Q] v Kiki Bertens
Daria Gavrilova v [WC] Olivia Rogowska
[WC] Samantha Stosur v [7] Julia Goerges

[3] Jelena Ostapenko v Ekaterina Makarova
Daria Kasatkina v Barbora Strycova
Ashleigh Barty v [Q]
[WC] Ellen Perez v [5] Kristina Mladenovic

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[6] Sloane Stephens v [Q]
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni v Petra Kvitova
[Q] v Magdalena Rybarikova
Agnieszka Radwanska v [4] Johanna Konta

[8] Anastasija Sevastova v Dominika Cibulkova
Elena Vesnina v Shuai Peng
Lucie Safarova v Angelique Kerber
Bye v [2] Venus Williams
     
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Posted: Jan Fri 05, 2018 11:04 pm       
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This event starts at a GS quarterfinal round.
     
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Posted: Jan Sat 06, 2018 5:44 am       
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R2 could have some great line-ups:
Kerber vs Venus
Ostapenko vs Kasatkina
Stephens vs Kvitova
Barty vs Mladenovic (if the latter decides to show up after being MIA for half a year)
     

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Posted: Jan Sun 07, 2018 10:17 am       
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Osta defeated. She's played a lot, I think, and in various parts of the world in short notice.
     
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Posted: Jan Sun 07, 2018 11:37 am       
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Expect a rash of 'losses" and withdrawals because the heat is unbearable.

(CNN)Sydney endured its hottest temperature in nearly 80 years on Sunday, Australian meteorologists say.

The mercury rose to 47.3 degrees Celsius, or 117.14 Fahrenheit, in the Sydney metropolitan area.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the area was 47.8 Celsius degrees (118.04 Fahrenheit) in 1939, the Bureau of Meteorology for the state of New South Wales (NSW) said.
The agency had predicted that temperatures would soar, tweeting: "Are we forecasting all time record high temperatures today? No, but it would not surprise if some stations go close."

So, while brutally cold temperatures hit the US, emergency services in Sydney prepared residents on the other side of the equator for dangers of a different sort.
     
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Posted: Jan Sun 07, 2018 1:43 pm       
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Weather events like this were predicted in the 90'ties....

A weaker jetstream was predicted by climate change models at the time, allowing arctic air to get more south in the winter (and tropical, hot air more north in the summer)...

I guess that the US starts to find out what that means. Get used to it, because there is absolutely nothing we can do about that it anymore to make it better. The status-quo (if we ever reach that in 30-40 years) will even be far worse than this.

ps: don't blame Trump but the two Bushes (and every Republican since the 80'ties denying human impact on climate). But having someone in the WH refusing to put a halt on the processes that caused it, won't help of course.
     

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First victim, Kristina M.
     
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Julia Gorges also withdrew from the tournament Sunday after winning the ASB Classic final against Caroline Wozniacki in Auckland, New Zealand.

The conditions forced organizers to activate heat policies — including longer breaks between sets — during part of the day, with some areas of western Sydney experiencing the hottest day in almost 80 years with temperatures peaking above 47 Celsius (117 Fahrenheit).
     
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So she rather plays for the first time in the heat during a slam...
     

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Wise of Serena to have withdrawn. Pretty sure she's nowhere near ready for this heat. Venus too, with her autoimmune issues. Plus, I recall Dementia once saying that the tour knows Venus hates playing in the heat so they just try to keep her out there as long as possible so she hands them the match.
     
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Kerber vs Safarova; hoping to see Kerber advance as I would like to see Venus vs Kerber in R2: that will show who is reday for the AO.
Kerber was impressive in the Hopman Cup, but Venus is another cup of tea.

Also wondering what Kasatkina will do in a few hours time. Strycova is not an easy R1 opponent, and I need some 1997-wins in 2018.
Ostapenko is failing big time, and so is/was Osaka... and Bencic not in a WTA MD prior to the AO (her Hopman Cup was pretty OK though)
     

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@ Graveller:
 Venus hasn't played in awhile and its sweltering with AO right around the corner. I wouldn't hold my breath that she 1) plays or ) 2 plays well. If they meet, I give Vee 10% chance of "winning". Angie is warmed up and it's only gonna get hotter, so to speak.
     
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LOL. Venus throwing trees at Sanchez Vicario. I know the WS doen't like her and the feelings are mutual. I recall Serena saying just recently that her worse loss of her career was against Sanchez Vicario. What are the odds!!!

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Venus Williams will warm up for the Australian Open at the Sydney International, playing singles at the event for the first time in 19 years.

But it seems she's forgotten about the last time she played the tournament.

It's been almost 20 years since the seven-time Grand Slam champion became runner-up to Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in the 1998 women’s singles final.

During a press conference held at Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, Williams needed a bit of a reminder that it ever happened.

The World Number 5 was speaking at the event where the draw was announced.

"Did you say I was in a final here?" she asked the Sydney International tournament director Lawrence Robertson after he introduced her.

He gave her a quick reminder.

"Oh... I forgot about that. Back in the day. Twenty years ago apparently I came close to winning," she said.
     
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So sad for Sloanie!!

U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens lost her first match of the year, beaten 6-3, 6-0 by Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi and is short of match practice ahead of the Australian Open which starts in Melbourne next week.
     
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Tough, tough match for Venus
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SYDNEY (AP) — Former No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber needed to save two match points before fending off Lucie Safarova 6-7 (3), 7-6 (Cool, 6-2 on Monday to set up a second-round match against Venus Williams.

Kerber, coming off a run to the Hopman Cup final in Perth, overcame two rain delays and a tricky second-set tiebreaker to extend her streak to five straight singles wins. Second-seeded Venus Williams had a bye in the first round.
     
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