Lisicki, Larcher de Brito Look at Add Spice at WTA Estoril


Posted on May 3, 2009

World No. 29-ranked Czech Iveta Benesova is the top seed this week at the Estoril Open, joined by No. 2-seeded poster girl Maria Kirilenko of Russia, and surprise Charleston winner Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

Other seeded players are Sorana Cirstea, Petra Kvitova, Ekaterina Makarova, Shahar Peer and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

All three wildcards went to Portuguese players in Neuza Silva who drew the top-seeded Benesova, Frederica Piedade who faces Maret Ani, and Maria Joao Koehler against Kristina Barrios.

Kirilenko is the defending champion, beating Benesova in straight sets in the singles final, then teaming with Flavia Pennetta to claim the doubles title.

Portuguese teenager Michelle Larcher de Brito booked her place in the final round of qualifying, and the Florida-based right-hander will meet Russian Elena Bovina for a place in the main draw.

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5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
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