Stats Corner: Hobart & Sydney Champs In Melbourne

Mona Barthel is looking to become the first Hobart champion to go beyond the Australian Open quarterfinals the same year.

Published January 19, 2012 05:43

Stats Corner: Hobart & Sydney Champs In Melbourne
Mona Barthel

MELBOURNE, Australia - The WTA's Hobart and Sydney events are played the week before the Australian Open, giving players an opportunity to prepare for the year's first Grand Slam. 2012 Hobart champion Mona Barthel has carried her momentum to Melbourne, where she coincidentally will take on Sydney champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round. How have all the Hobart and Sydney titlists done at the Australian Open since Hobart's inception in 1994?

Year Hobart Champ AO Result Sydney Champ AO Result
'94 Mana Endo 2r Kimiko Date-Krumm SF
'95 Leila Meskhi 1r Gabriela Sabatini 1r
'96 Julie Halard-Decugis 3r Monica Seles Champ
'97 Dominique Monami QF Martina Hingis Champ
'98 Patty Schnyder 4r Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario QF
'99 Chanda Rubin 4r Lindsay Davenport SF
'00 Kim Clijsters 1r Amélie Mauresmo 2r
'01 Rita Grande 4r Martina Hingis R-Up
'02 Martina Sucha 4r Martina Hingis R-Up
'03 Alicia Molik 1r Kim Clijsters SF
'04 Amy Frazier 3r Justine Henin Champ
'05 Zheng Jie 1r Alicia Molik QF
'06 Michaella Krajicek 3r Justine Henin R-Up
'07 Anna Chakvetadze QF Kim Clijsters SF
'08 Eleni Daniilidou 1r Justine Henin QF
'09 Petra Kvitova 1r Elena Dementieva SF
'10 Alona Bondarenko 4r Elena Dementieva 2r
'11 Jarmila Gajdosova 1r Li Na R-Up
'12 Mona Barthel ? Victoria Azarenka ?

Notes: Barthel has won 10 straight matches, including three qualifying wins in Hobart ... In addition to the players mentioned in the above table, two other times the Sydney winner has gone on to win the Australian Open the following fortnight - Margaret Court in 1969 and Martina Navratilova in 1985.

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