Hoorah! The Australian Open 2012 main draw starts on Monday. Here’s a wrap up of the winners of the AO lead up events, withdrawals from the Australian Open and links to some great reviews of the AO draw.
- APIA International Sydney Women’s Final: Azarenka d Li Na
- APIA International Sydney Men’s Final: Nieminen d Benneteau
- AAMI Classic Kooyong*: Tomic d Fish
- Morilla International in Hobart: Barthel d Wickmayer
- Heineken Open in Auckland: Ferrer d Rochus
* In case you missed them, check out my pics from the AAMI Classic players meet and greet at Fed Square.
Australian Open Withdrawals
- Andrea Petkovic due a lower back stress fracture
- Fernando Gonzalez with hip and knee problems
- Venus Williams due to health issues
- Somdev Devvarman due to a shoulder problem
- Cilic, Soderling, Robredo and Blake won’t be playing either.
Reviews of the Australian Open Draw
The draw was released on Friday morning. For the men, Djokovic and Murray are in the top half and Nadal and Federer are in the bottom half.
Get great insights by reading these reviews of the AO draw:
- Sharapovanovic: Drawn and Quartered, Australian Open Men’s Draw Preview
- Tennis Connected:Australian Open 2012 Men’s Draw Preview
In other news, Petko will dance no more.
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