2010 Australian Open - Qualies Review
The three rounds of the 2010 Australian Open qualifying finished and the top seeds on both the men’s and women’s sides, (ironically they were the suspended and then “unsuspended” Belgians, i.e. Xavier Malisse and Yanina Wickmayer), both qualified for the main draw. On the men’s side, there were a total of 16 qualifiers including young American lefty,
The list of qualifiers includes: Regina Kulikova, Zuzana Kucova, Sofia Arvidsson, Yanina Wickmayer, Renata Voracova, Valerie Tetreault, Kathrin Woerle, Xinyun Han, Shenay Perry, Yvonne Meusburger, Yuliana Fedak, Angelique Kerber, Xavier Malisse, Blaz Kavcic, Ricardo Hocevar, Dieter Kindlmann, Louk Sorensen, Matthew Ebden, Ivan Dodig, Illya Marchenko, Kevin Anderson, Ivan Sergeyev, Gega Zemlja, Donald Young, Stefan Koubek, Antonio Veic, Guillaume Rufin and David Guez. Marsel Ilhan from Turkey was the lucky loser when Gilles Simon withdrew because of a knee injury.
As always, the qualies included some seasoned veterans vying for yet another chance at Grand Slam glory, promising junior champions hoping for their big break, players on the comeback from injuries and doubles stars hoping to improve their singles rankings, e.g. Nuria Llagostera Vives. One notable loser was British hope, Laura Robson, who was defeated in the second round by Michaella Krajicek (on the comeback trail from injury) after some impressive play by Robson at the recent Hopman Cup. Now the real fun begins as 2008 Australian Open Champion, Maria Sharapova, opens play on Rod Laver Arena on Monday, two years after winning the title after missing the 2009 Australian Open due to shoulder surgery.