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Australian Open

January 12, 2003|Associated Press

Featured Matches

Selected first-round matches at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

MEN

* Jurgen Melzer, Austria, vs. Paradorn Srichaphan (11), Thailand

* Brian Vahaly vs. Andre Agassi (2)

* Carlos Moya (5), Spain, vs. Dick Norman, Belgium

* Franco Squillari, Argentina, vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero (4), Spain

WOMEN

* Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, vs. Venus Williams (2)

* Marlene Weingartner, Germany, vs. Jennifer Capriati (3)

* Justine Henin-Hardenne (5), Belgium, vs. Myriam Casanova, Switzerland

* Camille Pin, France, vs. Lindsay Davenport (9)

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Capsules

The 10 top-seeded women and men at the tournament, which begins today:

*--* WOMEN 1. SERENA WILLIAMS, U.S Grand Slam titles: 4 (1999, 2002 U.S. Open; '02 French Open, '02 Wimbledon). ... The most powerful hitter in women's game. ... Injured ankle in a tuneup tournament and missed Australian Open last year but won the next three majors, beating elder sister Venus in finals at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open 2. VENUS WILLIAMS, U.S Grand Slam titles: 4 ('00, '01 Wimbledon; '00, '01 U.S. Open). ... Wouldn't face sister Serena until final. ... Her 24-match winning streak and bid for third consecutive major ended in a quarterfinal loss last year at Melbourne to Monica Seles 3. JENNIFER CAPRIATI, U.S Grand Slam titles: 3 ('01, '02 Australian Open; '01 French Open). ... Defended a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open last year, saving four match points before defeating Martina Hingis. It was her first major in which she was seeded No. 1 4. KIM CLIJSTERS, BELGIUM Grand Slam titles: 0. ... Only the second woman to beat Venus and Serena Williams to end a tournament when she won the season-ending WTA Championships at Los Angeles in November 5. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE, BELGIUM Grand Slam titles: 0. ... Reached Wimbledon final in 2001. ... Made quarterfinals at Australian and semis at Wimbledon and won two titles to move from No. 38 to No. 5 in 2002. ... Teamed with Clijsters to give Belgium its first Fed Cup title in 2001 6. MONICA SELES, U.S Grand Slam titles: 9 (1990, '91, '92 French Open, '91, '92, '93, '96 Australian Open, '91, '92 U.S. Open).... Reached quarterfinals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments in 2002, including the semis at Melbourne 7. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA, SLOVAKIA Grand Slam titles: 0. ... Reached second round in Australia last year and quarterfinals at Wimbledon and U.S. Open. ... Won first title at Indian Wells with wins over Henin and Martina Hingis 8. ANASTASIA MYSKINA, RUSSIA Grand Slam titles: 0. ... Jumped 48 places to No. 11 in 2002 but has never gone beyond third round at a Grand Slam. ... Won her first title in three years at Brazil and made the finals at Birmingham, Eastbourne and Leipzig 9. LINDSAY DAVENPORT, U.S Grand Slam titles: 3 ('98 U.S. Open, '99 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open).... Was injured and missed first three Grand Slams last year after undergoing knee surgery and spending nine weeks on crutches.

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