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WTA Week Ahead: Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Hobart

Draw here.

With defending champion Petra Kvitova having just lost in qualifying to Kirsten Flipkens, the top four seeds are Anabel Medina Garrigues, Shahar Peer and a couple of Bondarenkos. In the top quarter, Medina Garrigues and Gisela Dulko both have tough openers against Iveta Benesova and Melinda Czink respectively, and I’d look for Benesova or Dulko to come out here. The second quarter is anchored by Alona Bondarenko and Zheng Jie and there’s a brace of question marks here, including Alize Cornet, bizarrely-dangerous Sybille Bammer, Sorana Cirstea and Kaia Kanepi. This is anyone’s quarter.

In the bottom half of the draw, the ‘tough matches for seeds’ theme continues, with Aleksandra Wozniak meeting Magdalena Rybarikova and Kateryna Bondarenko drawing the inconsistent Lucie Safarova. And the bottom quarter has kind of a wildcard theme, with home favourites Alicia Molik and Olivia Rogowska dropped in along with Jelena Dokic and Yaroslava Shvedova. Basically, it’s a bloody good draw and I have no idea who’s going to win.

Sydney

Draw here.

This is where the big guns are coming out to play, with Serena, Safina, Wozniacki, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Jankovic, Azarenka and (at the time of writing) Zvonareva all in the draw. The draw is so loaded, and so many players’ form is so unknown, I can’t even pretend to call it. Go everyone.

First-round matches to watch out for: Zvonareva-Vesnina, Wozniacki-Li Na, Stosur-Pennetta, Azarenka-Licky, Kleybanova-Kuznetsova, Dementieva-Schiavone … it’s good stuff.  

One Response to “WTA Week Ahead: Hobart, Sydney”

  1. lauren said

    God, that Hobart trophy. It’s hideous. A plank of wood shaped like Tasmania with little metal shields nailed to it like the cheapest school trophy. Erk. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled after those pics of Kolya and Rafa with their falcon and ibex-in-a-box.

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