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2009 Australian Open Contenders & Pretenders

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The 2009  Australian Open tennis championships starts tonight due to the sixteen hour time difference between Melbourne Australia and the eastern time zone in North America.

Here is my opinion about the contenders for the women and the men.

The Women: The top contenders in women’s tennis are the usual suspects the Williams Sisters, the Serbs, and the Russians and that’s it. I don’t see any other women actually winning the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova the defending champion will not be competing because she is still convalescing from a shoulder injury that required surgery.

The only woman that may surprise is Amelie Mauresmo she won the Australian Open in 2006 and she has got the weapons to be dangerous. I believe Serena is the favorite because she has already won the Australian Open three times. Jelena Jankovic has an easy draw she could sneak through. Elena Dementieva is on a winning streak she won the events in Auckland New Zealand and Sydney a few days ago. Venus of course can do well if her game holds up. Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova are grand slam champions they can win the event as well.

Contenders

The Americans: Serena and Venus

The Serbs: Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic

The Russians: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, and Dinara Safina

Darkhorse: Amelie Mauresmo

The Men:

I believe the top four in men’s tennis are the real contenders for the Australian Open’s men’s title. I don’t see anyone else challenging the top four. I will be surprised if one of these four men do not win the Australian Open. The press have been hyping up Andy Murray but he has to prove he can win seven matches and win a grand slam. My view is until Murray wins a slam he is not a champion. Roger Federer has already won the Australian Open three times he is very serious and determined. Rafael Nadal has an easy draw he can win the event. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion so he should have the self confidence to do well in Melbourne.

Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic

Dark Horses:

David Nalbandian

Jo Wilfred Tsonga

Gilles Simon

Unfortunately in Canada we sometimes get ESPN tennis feed and this means a lot of coverage of the Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake. I honestly don’t understand why ESPN bothers covering Blake and Roddick at all they are not contenders. The only true contenders are the top four and that’s it.

For Canadian Tennis fans here is the schedule for the first week  of the Australian Open  on the TSN sports network.

TENNIS ON TSN

TSN TSN2 TSN HD ESPN Classic NHL NETWORK
TimeZone: Pacific Mountain Central Eastern Atlantic Newfoundland
DATE SHOW TIME
Jan 18th 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #1 11:00 PM
Jan 19th 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #1 12:30 PM
Jan 19th 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #2 10:30 PM
Jan 20th 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #2 12:30 PM
Jan 21st 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #3 12:30 PM
Jan 21st 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #4 11:00 PM
Jan 22nd 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #4 12:30 PM
Jan 22nd 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #5 7:00 PM
Jan 23rd 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #5 12:30 PM
Jan 23rd 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #6 11:30 PM
Jan 24th 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Early Round Coverage Day #6 1:00 PM
Jan 24th 2009 Australian Open Tennis: Round of 16 10:00 PM
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