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Tough early start for Venus

Updated: January 19, 2004, 5:28 AM ET
By Pam Shriver | Special to ESPN.com

SYDNEY, Australia -- Unfortunately the year is starting off the way the second half of last year ended, the person who is healthy is sitting on top. Besides some blisters on her foot, Justine Henin-Hardenne is healthy. Given the confidence she has from her success at the French Open and the U.S. Open, she should be the favorite to win another Grand Slam tournament taking three of the past four titles.

This is the first time she's seeded No. 1 in a major, which brings a different, slightly ...

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