WESTERN AND SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP MASTERS
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Surface: Hard outdoor
Seeds: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nikolay Davydenko, Gilles Simon, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Robin Soderling, Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic, Tommy Robredo, Radek Stepanek
Floaters: Former No. 1s Juan Carlos Ferrero and Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Querrey, James Blake, Jeremy Chardy, John Isner, Tommy Haas, (Q) Ivan Ljubicic, Tomas Berdych, Ivo Karlovic
Notes: Openers of interest include (14) Cilic vs. Ferrero, (12) Soderling vs. Hewitt, Querrey vs. (Q) Lu (winner to face (5) Roddick), (WC) Safin vs. (WC) Ginepri, Blake vs. Igor Kunitsyn (winner to face (8) Davydenko), (15) Robredo vs. Chardy (winner to face Isner vs. Haas winner), (10) Gonzo vs. Berdych, and (13) Monfils vs. Karlovic; American Wayne Odesnik received the third wildcard; Murray is the defending champ (d. Djokovic), and the Bryans in doubles; Blake back from a foot injury; Del Potro has got to be tired; nice Q effort by Ljuby; potential Roddick vs. Federer quarterfinal.
Surface: Hard outdoor Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Nadia Petrova, Ana Ivanovic, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska, Amelie Mauresmo, Dominika Cibulkova
Floaters: Maria Sharapova, (WC) Kim Clijsters, Shuai Peng, Carla Suarez Navarro, Anna Chakvetadze, Sam Stosur, Francesca Schiavone, Daniela Hantuchova
Notes: Two unseeded former No. 1s in Sharapova, Clijsters; Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes but openers of interest include (9) Azarenka vs. Peng, (14) Radwanska vs. Suarez Navarro, (10) Petrova vs. Sharapova, (6) Kuzy vs. Stosur second round, (15) Mauresmo vs. Schiavone, (2) Serena vs. Hantuchova second round; Clijsters easy draw until (5) Jankovic in third round.
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