By Jon Wertheim
January 07, 2008
Who Why They're Up
Lindsay Davenport
Moms 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 Murray
We 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 Llodra
French 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 Na
Inactive for much of '07, Chinese veteran wins Gold Coast, Australia, event, beating Viktoria Azarenka in the final.
Mikhail Youzhny
Streaky Russian beats top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the final (6-0, 6-1!) to win the Chennai, India, event.
Mardy Fish (left) and Serena Williams
The duo leads U.S. to title in the meaningless-but-always-fun Hopman Cup.
Doubles winners
Dinara 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 Spadea
Wins 300th career match in Adelaide, but then loses heartbreaker to Nieminen, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6.
Carlos Moyà
Still going strong, reaches Chennai semis. But squanders four match points in failing to close out his pal, Nadal.
Who Why They're Down
Martina Hingis
A (somewhat) moot point given her retirement, but two-year ban for cocaine is official.
Rafael Nadal
Not 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 Mauresmo
Seeking a comeback in '08, former No. 1 falls early in Gold Coast to Patty Schnyder. Then she promptly withdraws from Sydney.
Nicole Vaidisova
Top seed at Gold Coast falls in straight sets to Li.
Vera Zvonareva
Erratic Russian was top seed in Auckland and loses 7-6 in the third to New Zealand wild card Marina Erakovic.
James Blake
Something less than an encouraging start to the year, No. 2 American falls in first match of '08 to Fabrice Santoro.

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