The Australian Open started on Monday, 16.01.2006. The first Grand Slam of 2006, it'll be an indicator of what we can look forward to over the next ten months of the season!

As for the Men's draw:

Top Seed - Roger Federer.

This guy has been on a roll ever since he won his first Wimbledon. He looks unstoppable at the moment, in spite of the injury that sidelined him towards the end of 2005, but we never know what might happen!

Other contenders for the title - Andy Roddick(who opened his bid for the trophy with a stunning display against Swiss Michael Lammer), home hero Lleyton Hewitt, and David Nalbandian.

In the Women's draw, Justine Henin-Hardenne has just displayed ominous form, and she looks to be recovering nicely from the mysterious virus that sidelined her for a good deal of the previous season. Lindsay Davenport, the top seed, Mary Pierce(she never gives up - does she?) and Amelie Mauresmo have also come out looking like they're playing to win.

Martina Hingis has advanced to round 2, but it remains to be seen how far she can hold her own against the power players in today's court.

So - who are you supporting, and what do you think of the matches that have already taken place? Let us know - we'll be glad to share!

Cheers, and may the best player win!

- Joy
Am just sad coz 1> I won't be able to watch the matches... and 2> NO MARAT! damn...
No Marat, no Mario Ancic... how will you survive Aru?

And doesn't Geneseo have a TV? That's seriously awful. Even Ron's hostel has one!

Miss ya,

- me.
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Andy Roddick,go!:)
Kid what are you talking about Mario is in the Aussie Open (unless he crashed out while I slept)...

My dorm building has 2 TVs... I just don't watch them.... stuff to do stuff to do...

~Aru
And you know what? He did...Emotion: crying
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Today Nalbandian plays against Baghdatis in one of the semi-finals. Hope the former will win, but the latter is a tough player who has been playing very well.

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In the final today, Henin-Hardenne was forced to retire against Amelie Mauresmo.

I had been hoping for Henin to win - she is a great player, who has been sidelined for the past year and more with injuries and illness. Unfortunately, she was laid low with a stomach problem and was unable to continue after the first set and two games.

I must say I thought Amelie Mauresmo has great luck - walkover wins in both the semifinal and final, against Kim Clijsters(who retired with an ankle injury that will sideline her for two more months), and now Henin. Mauresmo has been playing wonderful tennis, though, and she fully deserved the win. The way she had been playing, I doubt if Henin would have won the match in her current form, even if she had been healthy.

Sadly, my home hero, Leander Paes(partnering Martin Damm) lost to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the doubles finals. I couldn't watch that match, but the Bryan brothers are certainly too good. They're also a tried and tested pair, who have been playing with each other for years, and have much better understanding than Paes and Damm, who have not partnered each other for long.

Now I look forward to the Federer-Baghdatis final. Though Federer is frankly regarded as "Mr Perfect", the chinks in his armor - mainly, unforced errors and lapses of concentration - have been obvious to all who have watched him playing in the quarters and semis.

Baghdatis, on the other hand, has been on a roll since defeating (my favourite) Andy Roddick. He knows that the pressure is on his opponent, and if he can really push Roger Federer in the early sets, there is some chance of defeating the World Champion.

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