Serena Williams to make Brisbane debut


The Brisbane tournament, which will be upgraded from International to Premier status next season, will host Serena Williams for the first time in 2012.

Well, I never played in Brisbane and I’ve never been to Brisbane (but I’ve) heard great things about it. It’s brand new (for me) so all that is going to be really exciting and it will help me with my seeding going into the Australian Open too, so that would be good.

Other confirmed stars:

Samantha Stosurreigning US Open champion who would like to bring her A-game to her home tournaments of Brisbane and Australian Open

Maria Sharapova – just like Serena, first-time Brisbane participant

Kim Clijsters – 2010 champion who will play her first tournament since August 2011

Ana Ivanovic – played the quarterfinals in 2009 and semifinals in 2010

Additional info: Talking about the Australian part of the season, let’s just remind you that Serena is expected to play mixed doubles with Andy Roddick at the Australian Open. (source: ESPN, photo by our reader Jacob)


  1. Really? What are the odds that Serena will show? Does anyone know why she hasn’t been playing since the Open? China was a mandatory tournament. Anyone know why she didn’t show up? Was she penalized?

  2. Johnny, Serena will definitely show. Just like she has played Sydney the past few years, especially now Brisbane could effect her seeding.

    She withdrew from the China Open for unexplained medical reasons, presumably the toe. It is my understanding she has been fined.

  3. Sam, thanks for the info. Magnas, China is one of the few tournaments that all players MUST play. There are penalties for not showing up. Indian Wells is another mandatory tournament. Neither Serena nor Venus have ever played there since it became mandatory. So much for WTA rules.


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