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WTA Week Ahead: Birmingham

Posted by gauloises1 on June 7, 2009

Oh how I love this time of year! Suddenly everything feels so delightfully local.

Birmingham

k bond

Draw here.

K-Bond picked up the gravy boat last year, but unless I’ve developed selective Bondarenko blindness, I don’t see her in the draw this year.

Jie Zheng Zheng Jie is the top seed this year, and given that her quarter’s got two British girls (Mel South and Katie O’Brien) in it, I don’t see her having too much trouble. (Burn!) U-Rad vs. Kirilenko could be an interesting first-round, and knowledgeable people tell me to look out for Rybarikova. Clay-courter Errani could have trouble, but look for JZZJ (or ZJJZ, possibly) to come out of this quarter.

The big question in the second quarter is whether Aleksandra (?) Wozniak can back up a good Roland Garros run here. I should think so. The bottom half of that quarter also has three British girls – Keo, possibly-mythical Georgie Stoop, and feisty Baltacha – as well as possibly-engaged Sania Mirza. I still look for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to strain the scoreboards until at least the quarter-finals though.

Li Na Na Li shouldn’t be too troubled in her quarter, although she’s got well known giant-killers Alla Kudryavsteva and Julie Coin lurking. Makarova’s success mystifies me (sorry Ekaterina!), and Aravane Rezai will hopefully have a new and outlandish outfit to keep us all guessing. LNNL (NLLN?) for the quarters, just to make me keep typing her name twice.

The big question about this draw was where Shazza was going to land. Well, it looks like Francesca Schiavone and Kaia Kanepi drew the short straw this time. Shazza shouldn’t be overly bothered by Dubois in the first round, but if Alexa Glatch can live up to an excellent Roland Garros result (double-baguetting Flavia Pennetta), then taking out Shazza in the second would bolster her Fed Cup claims no end. Kanepi doesn’t seem to have done too much since her Dubai run, but she has a pretty easy run. KK or Shazza for the semis.

Predicted semifinalists: Zheng, Pavlyuchenkova, Sharapova, Li

Predicted finalists: Ooh, could be all-Russian or all-Chinese. Who’s the emerging world superpower? Um … Zheng, Li

Winner: Zheng

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  1. The Bonderenkos should just legally change their names to “the blonde one” and “the other one”

  2. neil in toronto said

    I love Canwoz, but i’m not sure if she has the movement for grass. I can hope. If only tennis were played on hockey skates, Canada would own all 🙂

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