Pro Previews: Stuttgart, Bastad, Palermo, Prague


Posted on July 12, 2009

Mercedes Cup
Stuttgart, Germany
Surface: Red clay


Seeds: Gilles Simon, Nikolay Davydenko, Tomas Berdych, Victor Hanescu, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Al Montanes, Fabrice Santoro, Jose Acasuso

Floaters: Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez, Nicolas Kiefer, Paul-Henri Mathieu

Notes: (3) Berdych vs. Kiefer, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Diego Junqueira openers of interest; Mikhail Youzhny (2002) only former champ in field

Catella Swedish Open
Bastad, Sweden
Surface: Red clay

Seeds: Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco, Robin Soderling, Tommy Robredo, Jurgen "Tuna" Melzer, Nicolas Almagro, Florent Serra, Christophe Rochus, Maximo Gonzalez

Floaters: Juan Monaco, Marat Safin

Notes: Daniel "Crazy Dani" Koellerer also in the draw, wildcard went to former Swedish comer Andreas Vinciguerra

Internazionali Femminili Di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Surface: Red clay


Seeds: Flavia Pennetta, Patty Schnyder, Alize Cornet, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sara Errani, Ekaterina Makarova, Aravane Rezai, Gisela Dulko

Floaters: Last week's title winner Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anna-Lena Groenefeld

Notes: No Top 10 players; Errani is the defending champ

ECM Prague Open 2009
Prague, Czech Republic
Surface: Red clay


Seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Sybille Bammer, Iveta Benesova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Alona Bondarenko, Magdalena Rybarikova, Lucie Hradecka, Petra Kvitova

Floaters: Shahar Peer, Karolina Sprem, Nicole Vaidisova

Notes: (1) Schiavone vs. Peer, (5) A.Bondarenko vs. K.Bondarenko openers; defending champ Vera Zvonareva missing
Rankings
ATP - Aug 18 WTA - Aug 18
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
8 Grigor Dimitrov8 Eugenie Bouchard
9 Andy Murray9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Jelena Jankovic
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