Myskina Lone Top 20 Player at WTA Stockholm

Posted on August 7, 2006

Former French Open champ Anastasia Myskina is the lone Top 20-ranked player this week at the Nordea Nordic Light Open in Stockholm, Sweden, but the Russian faces a tough opener against Australian wildcard and former Top 10er Alicia Molik.

Molik and Myskina have split their career meetings 2-2, with the Australian winning their most recent encounter two years ago at the Athens Olympics.

Molik didn't make her debut on tour this year until May after sitting out seven months recovering from an inner ear infection that has seen her ranking plunge outside the Top 200.

Joining Myskina among the seeded players in Stockholm are China's Na Li and Jie Zheng, homecountry favorite Sofia Arvidsson, Colombia's Catalina Castano, Belarus' Anastasiya Yakimova, and Czechs Iveta Benesova and Klara Zakopalova.

"It's a tough tournament with many strong players," Arvidsson said. "Myskina and the Chinese will obviously be difficult, but the line-up also includes many powerful younger players. I will especially look out for Kaia Kanepi and Caroline Wozniacki since I know they're very strong when playing their best."

Li and Zheng are lined up for an all-Chinese semifinal, each with only one lower-ranked Top 50 player standing in their path.

In last year's final the No. 2-seeded Myskina lost to No. 5 seed Katarina Srebotnik.