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WTA Week Ahead: Auckland, Brisbane

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Two international tournaments to kick off the 2010 WTA season proper.

Auckland

Draw here.

With defending champion Elena Dementieva playing Hopman Cup, the draw still looks pretty good. For some reason I never trust Flavia Pennetta’s form in the early part of the season, but she has a pretty smooth quarter apart from Bali champion Aravane Rezai, with the big question mark being Dominika Cibulkova who is returning from her rib injury. Francesca Schiavone and last year’s finalist Elena Vesnina should meet in the quarters, with the only real wildcard being Alize Cornet, who hasn’t produced any results of note since this time last year.

The bottom half of the draw is full of players who could do anything or nothing: Virginie Razzano, Maria Kirilenko, Kaia Kanepi, Anna Chakvetadze, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Yanina Wickmayer, Shahar Peer and Li Na. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but it should be fun.

Brisbane

Draw here.

The eye is immediately drawn to the top and bottom of the draw; top seed Kim Clijsters and wildcard Justine Henin, who will be playing the top seed Nadia Petrova. I’m inclined to say ‘poor Nadia’. Wildcard Alicia Molik could face Clijsters in the second round, but it’s hard to see anyone giving Clijsters too much trouble on her way to the final. It feels like anything could happen in the bottom half, and yes, I am copping out again …. First-round matches that catch the eye: Dokic-Ivanovic, Errani-Vinci, Kleybanova-Pavlyuchenkova, and Safarova-Groenefeld. Good stuff.    

2 Responses to “WTA Week Ahead: Auckland, Brisbane”

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    I literally squealed when I saw the draw and remembered that Justine is back. I can’t wait for Brisbane. I don’t even care that I won’t be sleeping till the AO is over.

  2. Curtis said

    Ajde Ana! Kick some ass girl and redeem yourself this season! 😀

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