Open GDF Suez
Surface: hard indoor
Seeds: Elena Dementieva, Flavia Pennetta, Yanina Wickmayer, Francesca Schiavone, Aravane Rezai, Shahar Peer, Virginie Razzano, Elena Vesnina
Floaters: Melanie “C’mon!” Oudin, Patty Schnyder, Alize Cornet, Alisa Kleybanova
Notes: Weak field for such a storied event; Oudin looking to keep the mojo alive after leading the U.S. to a first-round Fed Cup win; one Top 10-er in Dementieva; openers of interest include (7) Razzano vs. Schnyder, (6) Peer vs. Cornet; Dementieva lost to Amelie Mauresmo in last year’s final; no returning champions in the field; former No. 1-ranked tournament winners over the years are Mauresmo (2009,’06,’01), Dinara Safina (2005), Kim Clijsters (2004), Serena Williams (2003,’99), Venus Williams (2002), Martina Hingis (1997), Steffi Graf (1995), and Martina Navratilova (1994-93).
PTT Pattaya Open
Pattaya City, Thailand
Seeds: Vera Zvonareva, Sabine Lisicki, Vera Dushevina, Yaroslava Shvedova, Sybille Bammer, Sania Mirza, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Julia Goerges
Floaters: Anna Chakvetadze
Notes: Yawn. No Top 10 players; watch to see who the 39-year-old Date-Krumm can beat; wildcards to Thai mouthfuls Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Suchanan Viratprasert and Varatchaya Wongteanchai; former champs in the field are Zvonareva (2009) and Bammer (2007).
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