ATP/WTA Previews: Safina, Venus, 9 of Top 10 at Tokyo


Posted on September 27, 2009

PTT Thailand Open
Bangkok, Thailand
Surface: hard


Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Sam Querrey, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Petzschner, Jurgen Melzer, Fabrice Santoro, John Isner

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Marat Safin

Notes: Potential (1) Tsonga vs. Gulbis 2nd rd.; (5) Petzschner vs. Safin 1st rd.; wildcard to Kittipong Wachiramanowong (say that five times fast); Tsonga is the defending champ; Rafael Nadal pulled from the event with an ab injury.

Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Surface: hard (greenset on boards)


Seeds: Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Robin Soderling, Fernando Gonzalez, Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Lleyton Hewitt

Floaters: (WC) Taylor Dent, Feliciano Lopez, Mikhail Youzhny, Marcos Baghdatis, (WC) Joachim Johansson, Richard Gasquet

Notes: Kuala Lumpur returns to the tour in 2009; potential (1) Davydenko vs. (WC) Dent 2nd rd., (7) Ferrer vs. Youzhny 1st rd., (8) Hewitt vs. (WC) Johansson, winner to potentially face Gasquet.

Toray Pan Pacific Open 2009
Tokyo, Japan
Surface: hard


Seeds: Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Elena Dementieva, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Flavia Pennetta, Ana Ivanovic, Aggie Radwanska, Sam Stosur, Nadia Petrova, Marion Bartoli, Na Li, Virginie Razzano

Floaters: Maria Sharapova, (WC) Kimiko Date Krumm, (Q) Alexa Glatch, Daniela Hantuchova, Sania Mirza, Lucie Safarova, Sorana Cirstea

Notes: (12) Stosur vs. (Q) Glatch 1st rd. (winner to potentially face Sharapova); (10) Ivanovic vs. Safarova 1st rd.; (2) Venus vs. (14) Bartoli 3rd rd.; Serena withdraws citing injury, but otherwise none of the Top 10 in attendance; Safina the defending champion.

Rankings
ATP - Feb 01 WTA - Feb 01
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Andy Murray2 Angelique Kerber
3 Roger Federer3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Agnieszka Radwanska
5 Rafael Nadal5 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
7 Kei Nishikori7 Flavia Pennetta
8 Tomas Berdych8 Carla Suarez Navarro
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga9 Petra Kvitova
10 Richard Gasquet10 Lucie Safarova
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