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Open players drop like flies

By Will Swanton 13/01/2005 07:53:02 PM Comments (0)

It's a stretch to suggest Alicia Molik will do a Steven Bradbury and win the biggest title of her career because the rest of the field has fallen over.

But the longer she and Lleyton Hewitt stay healthy the better the chances are of a home-grown winner at the centenary Australian Open.

Players are dropping out every day, particularly in the women's draw.

Only three of the women's top 10 are fully fit with the rest either battling injury or already on a plane out of Melbourne.

Among the men, Andre Agassi is hobbling around with a hip complaint that forced him to forfeit against fellow American Andy Roddick in the Kooyong Classic at Melbourne.

Australia's Mark Philippoussis officially withdrew because of the adductor injury he suffered during the Hopman Cup.

Not that he was expected to go far, but with the Scud you could never be sure.

Molik, the 10th seed at Melbourne Park next week, is flying through the Medibank International in Sydney - but world No.1 Lindsay Davenport pulled out because of bronchitis.

She already had knee troubles.

World No.2 Amelie Mauresmo is battling an adductor problem.

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