Comebacks add mystique to Australian

SYDNEY (Reuters) The return of Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin to the Australian Open has added Canada Goose Parka even more spice to a women tournament already overflowing with talent.

Russia’s Maria Sharapova plays a shot during a practice session at Melbourne Park January 13, 2010, ahead of the Australian Open canada goose factory sale tennis tournament, which begins on Monday. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

There is always an element of mystery attached to the first grand slam of canada goose uk black friday the year but the reappearance of the three former world number uk canada goose outlet ones has ensured this year tournament will be one of the most open in years.

Serena canada goose uk shop Williams is canada goose coats the favorite and understandably so. She is the current world number one, the defending champion and one of the few players who thrive in the scorching Australian summer heat.

Williams has won at Melbourne Park Canada Goose online four times but if she Canada Goose sale is to make canada goose uk outlet it five she will have to interrupt a winning sequence that has seen her take the title in alternate years since 2003.

is what I cheap canada goose uk was born to do, she said. what I canadian goose jacket do best. just super mentally tough, I feel buy canada goose jacket cheap like that definitely one Canada Goose Outlet of my strengths.

The American fighting spirit is unquestioned but she will need to be at her very best to win a fifth title at Melbourne Park.

It is no surprise that cheap Canada Goose she has flagged her older sister Venus as her biggest threat but the Russians and Belgians present a canada goose more formidable challenge.

NERVES The Australian Open was the last of the grand slams to be captured by a Russian woman but they have weight of numbers this year.

Three of the world top five are Russian and there are five in the top 15 including Sharapova, who has dropped back to 14 after a shoulder injury that prevented her from defending the Australian Canada Goose Coats On Sale Open canada goose clearance sale title she won in 2008. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki in recent canada goose london exhibition matches.

Dinara Safina, the world number two and sister of 2005 men champion Marat, canada goose clearance made the Australian buy canada goose jacket Open final last year.

She also made the French Open final for the second time in a row but her nerves have let her down and she is still chasing her first grand slam title.

She has also been troubled by back pain and her early form has been Canada Goose Jackets mixed, losing in the quarter finals canada goose coats on sale of the Sydney International, but she insists she is ready.

looking forward for Australia. If I was not fit, I would not Canada Goose Online come here, she said. makes no sense if you not top fit to come.

Her loss to Serena Williams at last year Australian Open canada goose black friday sale final was brutal but if canada goose store there was any consolation in her defeat at uk canada goose the French Open, it was that she lost to compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, the current world number three.

Kuznetsova was eliminated in the second round at Sydney, though she too remains unfazed.

not coming in the best shape. but I not worried, she said. gonna depend on how I develop during the tournament (but) if I can manage to construct every match well, I may have a good chance.

BELGIAN TWIST However, the most intriguing twist is the return of the Belgian pair, Clijsters and Henin, who played each other in the 2004 Australian Open final.

Clijsters retired in 2007 to start a family, and Henin a year later because she was sick of tennis, but neither could resist coming back.