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Australian Open to have the strongest field ever

Australian OpenThe 2008 Australian Open is expected to have the best field in the tournament’s 103-year history, since only one of both top 100 ATP and WTA players won’t compete. That one player is world No.40 Vera Dushevina of Russia who was forced to withdraw due to a right-foot injury.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley is thrilled with the strength of the lineup.

"At this stage, it's the strongest field in the event's history and we're sure this will equate to one of the most exciting tournaments yet," said Tiley.

Don't forget that the women's field has four former singles champions in Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, and defending champion Serena Williams. The 2004 champion and world’s best-ranked player Justine Henin will be No.1 seed at the January 14-27 tournament. (via CBS Sports)

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