Unseeded Sharapova Favorite on WTA Birmingham Grasscourts
by Staff | June 7th, 2009

While the men’s tour rocks right out of the gate during the brief two-week grasscourt season leading to Wimbledon, the top women players mysteriously stay on the sidelines during the opening season on the lawns. This year is no different at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham, England, which is woefully lacking in marquee attractions.

China’s Jie Zheng is the top seed in the field lacking any Top 10 representation, joined by fellow Top 8 seeds Kaia Kanepi, Aleksandra Wozniak, Na Li, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Ekaterian Marakova, Francesca Schiavone, and Sara Errani. There are a total of 16 seeds in the 56 draw.

Maria Sharapova, who has played only two events this year after shoulder surgery, is in need of match play and enters the event unseeded. The Russian former No. 1 opens against Canadian Stephanie Dubois, then would face the winner of the all-American meeting between No. 9-seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Alexa Glatch. Check your local on-line betting parlor to check on the Sharapova odds of taking this title home, sans any shoulder problems.

“The one thing I’ve always said about ranking is I think numbers never lie,” Sharapova said following her French Open effort. “They always reflect on your performance and what you’ve achieved. But taking that aside, I think no matter if you’re ranked No. 1 or No. 100, it takes just as much work to get there.”

In last year’s star-studded final, Kateryna Bondarenko topped Yanina Wickmayer for the title.

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6 Comments for Unseeded Sharapova Favorite on WTA Birmingham Grasscourts

Shan Says:

“In last year’s star-studded final, Kateryna Bondarenko topped Yanina Wickmayer for the title.”

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jane Says:

No kiddin Shan – and it’s not like there isn’t a decent field this year: Sharapova, Jie Zheng, Aleksandra Wozniak, Na Li – these are all good players.

Kimmi Says:

Sharapova is good. And he did very well in RG..did not see that one coming. But..I don’t think she is fit enough to win this touramnet. If she plays somebody who has a great defence it will be tough. But lets wait and see.

RZ Says:

It’s dumb of (most of) the ladies to not show up. How many have recently lost early on the grass due to lack of proper preparation (e.g., Ivanovic)? And with so many top players losing early in the French (Ivanovic again, Jankovic), they really have excuse to not do the warm-up tourneys.

Kimmi Says:

RZ, that is a very good point. The williams sisters are known for not doing these warm up tournaments but then they have won wimby several times, that means their shedule is working but these other girls need to try something different.

Kimmi Says:

OH, Just remember there is EastBorne next week where Ivanovic and Jankovic are normally playing.

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