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WTA Week Ahead: Linz (Not That One), Osaka

Posted by gauloises1 on October 12, 2009

Linz

ana ivanovic linz trophy 2008

Draw here. 

Obviously Ana Ivanovic isn’t returning to defend her title, and neither is last year’s finalist Vera Zvonareva, but the draw isn’t half bad. Flavia Pennetta is the top seed, chasing a Doha spot, and should do well if she can negotiate a potential meeting with big-serving Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the second round and a possible quarterfinal against Sorana Cirstea (if neither Flavia nor Sorana make it to the quarters, I am going to be seriously annoyed). Yanina Wickmayer has been wildcarded in as the third seed, and has a good shot, with sporadically tricky Sara Errani probably waiting in the quarters.

In the bottom half of the draw, it’s a bit more open, with Agnieszka Radwanska the only reliable seed (and she is coming off strong Tokyo and Beijing showings, if she even plays). Benesova will have to contend with either compatriot Petra Kvitova or horse-faced Petkovic in the second round, and I think Govortsova will probably make the quarters over the winner of Srebotnik and Suarez Navarro. Radwanska’s quarter is populated with unpredictable ladies including Urszula Radwanska, Lucie Safarova and Alize Cornet. Hope we get a quarterfinal which decides once and for all (again) just who is the Raddest ‘wanska.

For the title … who knows? Let’s say Flavia.

Osaka 

wozniacki osaka hp open trophy 2008

Draw here.

Another good draw. Defending champion Wozniacki returns as the top seed and, although she’s been in a bad way of late with all her tennis finally catching up to her, she shouldn’t have any problems before a probable meeting with Aleksandra Wozniak in the quarters. (Look out for token Tim Katie O’Brien losing to Alexa Glatch in the first round!). If Wozniacki does lose before the quarters, I should imagine it will be to Glatch, who is looking for a Fed Cup final spot. Sam Stosur and Yaroslava Shvedova anchor the second quarter and it’ll be interesting to see whether Peng Shuai can keep up her momentum from Beijing by unseating predictably unpredictable Stosur. And check out the creaky and all-round aged first round between Date Krumm and Craybas.

In the bottom half, Czink and Schiavone should meet in the quarters as both have a soft draw, while the final quarter is a bit more fun; Shahar Peer and Marion Bartoli, with Sania Mirza, Maria Kirilenko and Galina Voskoboeva. As for the winner, I’m feeling Bartoli, so look for her to lose in the first round.

One Response to “WTA Week Ahead: Linz (Not That One), Osaka”

  1. linz said

    This is going to be a fun week =)

    I REALLY want Aggie to win. I just like her so much. There’s no explanation for it. And I mean, I should definitely have some say in how the tournament goes, don’t you think? (This means that Aggie will either w/d or lose first round BTW).

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