Friday, December 5, 2008
Li to defend her title--sort of--in Brisbane
The 2008 season began with a bang when Li Na, just back after a six-month injury layoff (which followed another very long injury layoff) won the tour's first event of the season, in Gold Coast. The Gold Coast tournament is no more, however. It has been incorporated into the new Brisbane International tournament, which will also incorporate the men's tournament in Adelaide. Brisbane will commence on January 4.
Entering the new tournament are Victoria Azarenka (last year's Gold Coast finalist), Ana Ivanovic, Amelie Mauresmo, Daniela Hantuchova, Marion Bartoli, Maria Kirilenko, and Australian favorite Samantha Stosur.
Competition is also heavy the same week in New Zealand, as top player compete in the ASB Classic in Auckland. Entrants include Nadia Petrova, Elena Dementieva, Katarina Srebotnik, Caroline Wozniacki, and Anabel Medina Garrigues.