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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 87 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 8 7 C O L O R : C M Y K 7:30pm Saturday 30thJanuary At St Marys Football, Sporting and Social Club Featuring DR ELEPHANT Playing LIVE until 2am $75.00 per person GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!! LIMITED TICKETS PRE PRE-SALE ONLY DRESS: TERRITORY FORMAL MEN: Long sleeved shirt, pants and tie. WOMEN: Evening wear. Includes complimentary drink on arrival, Buffet meal, entertainment and more! CONTACT THE CLUB TO BOOK PHONE: 8927 9900 Information for Members and Bonafide Guests CONTACT THE CLUB TO BOOK PHONE: 8927 9900 Information for Members and Bonafide Guests er 3 0 0 6 0 1 / 1 0 FOOTROT FLATS SPORT MERCILESS: Justine Henin on her way to defeating Alisa Kleybanova after the Belgian surprisingly dropped the first set to her Russian opponent yesterday Clijsters dumped but Henin, Murray and del Potro progress BySAMLIENERT atMelbourne Park Nadal through in four P85 BELGIAN Aussie Kim Clijsters Australian Open campaign came to a stunning end last night when she was annihilated by Russian Nadia Petrova. The 19th seed handed the reigning US Open champion a 6-0 6-1 thrashing which lasted just 52 minutes. Clijsters error-riddled performance was an extreme shock, given the dream run she has had since making her comeback last August after two years in retirement. Before the match, she had a 20-3 win-loss record in her comeback, with only one straight sets loss. As well as winning the US Open in her third tournament back, she had shown excellent form leading into the Australian Open, winning the Brisbane International, where she beat countrywoman Justine Henin in the final. She also had very comfortable straight sets wins in the first two rounds. But while former world No. 3 Petrova played an excel lent match, the bigger factor was Clijsters constant mistakes on both her serve and ground strokes. The opening set lasted just 18 minutes, Clijsters winning just five points, throwing in four double-faults and 17 unforced errors. The second set started in similar fashion before Clijsters finally found some touch to get on the scoreboard in the 10th game of the match. The Belgian managed to make Petrova work hard to win the final three games but never seriously threatened to turn the match into a contest. Petrovas victory destroys the possibility of what could have been a blockbuster quarter-final match-up between Clijsters and fellow Belgian Justine Henin who downed Russian Alisa Kleybanova 3-6 6-4 6-2 earlier in the day to move into the fourth round. In the mens competition, Juan Martin del Potro has been anointed as the man to take over Roger Federers mantle in the not-too-distant future, but its Andy Murray who keeps flying through the Australian Open. Australias former world No. 1 Pat Rafter says del Potro has the game to dominate world ten nis as the Argentinian moved into the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a tired four set win over German Florian Mayer yesterday. The fourth seed was made to work hard in stifling heat by Mayer, who sensed the US Open champion had been drained by his gruelling five set win over James Blake on Wednesday. As 21-year-old del Potro looked weary throughout his inconsistent 6-3 0-6 6-4 7-5 win over Mayer, Murray has raced through to the last 16 unscathed with his third straight sets win. The Scot has dropped 22 games on his way past qualifier Kevin Anderson, No. 57 Marc Gicquel and now No. 64 Florent Serra yesterday. But dual US Open champion Rafter still believes del Potro will inherit the crown from top seed Federer, whom he says can still win another couple of grand slams. It looks like del Potro is the man at the moment, Rafter said. Hes got an allround game, hes a complete player and players dont like to play him. Id love to see Murray win a slam as well. Ewin knowswhat it takes Deep Well title defence will take nouse and share of good luck ByANDREWALOIA JARED Ewins ability to recover from potential disaster was what scored the KTM rider his biggest win of 2009. After placing a strong second in the opening race of the Deep Well Motocross last year and winning the second event, Ewins hopes seemed dashed when he was caught unawares on the start line of the final race. Still, he emerged triumphant with a come-from-behind second place finish after his main rivals took each other out of the hunt. He knows a repeat in the defence of his crown tomorrow will be punished by the whos who of Austral ian motocross and en durance racing. Challenging for what m a n y r e g a r d t h e hardest day of racing on the Territory calendar with riders toughing out the three-race event in 40C heat in the desert 40km south-east of Alice Springs will be three time defending Finke Desert Race champion Ben Grabham (pictured), four-time Kamfari winner Brad Williscroft, their KTM team mate and Austral ian off-road champ ion Toby Price and fast up-and-coming Honda rider Dean Ferris. There is no com ing back to finish second or third in a race against these guys like I did last year, Ewin said. When there was only three or four possible winners last year, there is something more like 10 or 12 now. Among them will be a host of Alice Springs best Caleb Auricht, Lachlan Summers and Peter Costello among the contenders. Former Finke and three-time Deep Well winner Ryan Branford has said he is only a 50-50 chance of competing. Grabham will start as favourite after honing an uncanny ability to tame the Red Centres toughest terrain in recent years. But Ewin sees Ferris as the greatest threat to the title after the 19-year-old finished the Australian Motocross Championship with a podium place in the pro-lites class in Coolum, Queensland. Dean could be the big danger, Ewin said. This is an enduro of sorts but its very much a motocross and that will suit him perfect. Ewin won the title last year as an interstate rider, hailing from Dunnydoo in New South Wales. But the now Alice local speaks as a proud Centralian, eager as anyone on his Race Motorcycle team or rivals from Desert Edge Honda to defend their territory. Id want to see the trophy stay in local hands, Ewin said. Newk urges all out aggression fromHewitt MELBOURNE: Tennis icon John Newcombe has pleaded with Lleyton Hewitt not to pussy-foot around with his Australian Open hopes on the line against Marcos Baghdatis tonight. Two years on from their neardawn fifth-set shootout at Melbourne Park, Hewitt and Baghdatis return for another third-round Open blockbuster, where the reward for the winner will almost certainly be a date on Monday with world No. 1 Roger Federer. In their extraordinary 2008 encounter which began at 11.47pm on Saturday and finished at 4.34am on Sunday Hewitt overcame a dramatic fourth-set collapse to deny the popular Cypriot. Baghdatis turned the tables on Australias court warrior last week in Sydney, recovering from the brink in the quarter-finals en route to grabbing his third title from his past four events. Newcombe is tipping another cliffhanger and says Hewitt simply cant afford to retreat into his shell in the high-stakes showdown. Baghdatis and he are going to have a knock-down, drag-out match. Toss a coin. They both w a n t i t r e a l l y b a d l y , Newcombe said yesterday. I just hope for Lleyton he doesnt pull back like he did in Sydney against Baghdatis when he had a set and a break. He started playing not to lose, rather than to win. Lleytons got the game to win. Hes got to back himself throughout the match. The marquee match-up in volving two former Open r u n n e r s - u p s s h o u l d b e another cracker.
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