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Melbourne musings nearing Aussie eve

Updated: January 14, 2009, 5:39 PM ET
By Tom Perrotta, TENNIS.com

Before I board the plane for the long, long trip to Melbourne, here are five things I'll be looking for Down Under.

1. A first-time winner. A woman who has never won the Australian Open will win it for the first time this year. That woman? Venus Williams. The fact that Venus hasn't won this title is shocking. She plays incredible hard-court tennis and she's the best athlete on the tour, which should prove an advantage early in the season, when players arrive in Melbourne in less than ...

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