WTA Week Ahead: Marbella, Ponte Vedra Beach
Posted by gauloises1 on April 5, 2010
Top Seeds: Victoria Azarenka, Flavia Pennetta, Kim Clijsters, Aravane Rezai
JJ may not be returning to defend her trophy, but it’s a pretty good field nonetheless. Azarenka had a disappointing time on the US hardcourts, but this is an excellent opportunity to rebound, with the toughest threat likely to come from last year’s finalist Carla Suarez Navarro in her half – a chancy proposition at the best of times. Flavia Pennetta’s also been quiet of late and has a tough opener against Yaroslava Shvedova, but she should make the most of being back on the clay. Kirilenko-Cirstea is a fun first round match, or at least easy on the eye, and much will depend on whether Clijsters has a letdown after her Miami feats. I’m hoping for a Pennetta-Azarenka final.
Ponte Vedra Beach
Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Alona Bondarenko, Dominika Cibulkova, Elena Vesnina
Not the easiest opener for Wozniacki if Patty Schnyder can show any sort of her old form, but otherwise it should be fairly straightforward unless Pavlyuchenkova can have one of her good days, as the game of even an in-form Melanie Oudin (a big if) plays right into the Dane’s hands. In the bottom half of the draw, Dominika Cibulkova has a good chance to pick up some much-needed points, and when was the last time Alona Bondarenko did anything of note? Hard to see anyone else but Wozniacki winning here.