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Lindsay DavenportMoms wins still another post-childbirth title, taking ASB event in Auckland, New Zealand. She moved past Monica Seles with this, her 54th career title. Aussie contender, you ask? Why not?
Andy MurrayWe still say he made a mistake firing Brad Gilbert, but top Brit starts 2008 auspiciously, taking ExxonMobil event (a.k.a. $100 a barrel = big appearance fees!) in Qatar.
Michaël LlodraFrench lefty, long considered a doubles specialist (and exhibitionist), wins second title of his career, taking out Jarkko Nieminen in the Adelaide, Australia, final. (And we mean final -- this is the last year of the event.)
Li NaInactive for much of '07, Chinese veteran wins Gold Coast, Australia, event, beating Viktoria Azarenka in the final.
Mikhail YouzhnyStreaky Russian beats top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the final (6-0, 6-1!) to win the Chennai, India, event.
Mardy Fish (left) and Serena WilliamsThe duo leads U.S. to title in the meaningless-but-always-fun Hopman Cup.
Doubles winnersDinara Safina and Agnes Szavay in Gold Coast. Martín García and Marcelo Melo in Auckland. Philipp Kohlschreiber (a player to watch) and David Skoch took the title in Doha. The Ratiwatana brothers of Thailand take the crown in Chennai. (Boys, keep this up, and Miss Universe awaits!)
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|Who||All tied up?|
Vince SpadeaWins 300th career match in Adelaide, but then loses heartbreaker to Nieminen, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6.
Carlos MoyàStill going strong, reaches Chennai semis. But squanders four match points in failing to close out his pal, Nadal.
|Who||Why They're Down|
Martina HingisA (somewhat) moot point given her retirement, but two-year ban for cocaine is official.
Rafael NadalNot only loses in Chennai final to nemesis Youzhny, but his injury timeout -- "I had no injury; just wanted the trainer's help in overcoming tiredness" -- is beneath him.
Amélie MauresmoSeeking a comeback in '08, former No. 1 falls early in Gold Coast to Patty Schnyder. Then she promptly withdraws from Sydney.
Nicole VaidisovaTop seed at Gold Coast falls in straight sets to Li.
Vera ZvonarevaErratic Russian was top seed in Auckland and loses 7-6 in the third to New Zealand wild card Marina Erakovic.
James BlakeSomething less than an encouraging start to the year, No. 2 American falls in first match of '08 to Fabrice Santoro.