Vaidisova Top Seed at WTA Memphis
Posted on February 20, 2006
With the well-monied event in Dubai attracting all the top talent this week on the WTA Tour, the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & The Cellular South Cup this week in Memphis survives on the dregs of the tour, with no players ranked inside the Top 10.
Top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova is the only player in the Top 20 at Memphis, joined by seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany, Swede Sofia Arvidsson, Americans Lisa Granville, Amy Frazier and Jill Craybas, Aussie Sam Stosur, and Poland's Marta Domachowska.
Wildcards in the main draw went to American Alexandra "Dr. A" Stevenson, Belarus' Victoria Azarenka, and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.
First round match-ups of interest are (4) Granville vs. Meghann Shaughnessy in an all-American, (5) Stosur vs. Ashley Harkleroad, and (3) Arvidsson vs. (WC) Stevenson.
In last year's final top-seeded Vera Zvonareva beat the No. 3-seeded Shaughnessy 7-6(3), 6-2.
Winners from early Sunday play were (3) Sofia Arvidsson (d. (WC) Stevenson) and Martina Sucha (d. Panova), and final-round qualifying winners Yaroslava Shvedova (RUS), Angela Haynes (USA), Meng Yuan (CHN), and Lina Stanciute (LTU).
Scheduled for Monday are Frazier vs. Tu, Raymond vs. Stanciute, Shvedova vs. Jackson, Stosur vs. Harkleroad, Granville vs. Shaughnessy, Bychkova vs. Perry, Wozniacki vs. Brandi, Cho vs. Groenefeld, and Yuan vs. Lepchenko.