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Davenport, Mauresmo, Venus draw tough first rounds

Updated: January 16, 2005, 9:32 PM ET
By Pam Shriver | Special to ESPN.com

SYDNEY, Australia -- When you first look at the Australian Open draw, you can't help but notice all the Russian names. They're keeping the draw tough even though several top players have withdrawn.

And there's still a chance for one more surprise withdrawal before play starts Monday with Serena Williams at the top of the list. Rumors are swirling that Serena's injured abdominal muscle might not be 100 percent. If she's healthy, she's got a pretty good draw.

Not so lucky are Lindsay ...

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