Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Washington, D.C., USA
Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Andy Roddick, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Marin Cilic, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Stan Wawrinka, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Lleyton Hewitt, Julien Benneteau, Gilles Simon, Michael Llodra, Mardy Fish, Andrey Golubev
Floaters: (WC) Richard Gasquet, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, (WC) James Blake, Janko Tipsarevic, (WC) David Nalbandian
Notes: Opening-round matches of interest include (16) Golubev vs. Gasquet-Kristof Vliegen winner, (12) Benneteau vs. Malisse-Santiago Giraldo winner, (14) Llodra vs. Blake-qualifier winner, (6) Querrey vs. Tipsarevic-Arnaud Clement winner, and (7) Wawrinka vs. Nalbandian-Rajeev Ram winner; seeds Verdasco, Wawrinka, Baghdatis and Simon make Washington debuts; two-time defending champ Juan Martin del Potro misses the event with injury; the oft-injured Nalbandian plays only his fifth ATP event of the year (plus two Davis Cups); former champs in the field are Roddick (2007, 2005, 2001), Clement (2006), Hewitt (2004), and Blake (2002).
Mercury Insurance Open
San Diego, Calif., USA
Seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, Vera Zvonareva, Aggie Radwanska, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli, Shahar Peer, Yanina Wickmayer
Floaters: Aravane Rezai, Jie Zheng, Daniela Hantuchova, Dinara Safina, Nadia Petrova, (WC) Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Kirilenko, Melanie Oudin, Victoria Azarenka
Notes: Loaded non-seeded field with former No. 1s Ivanovic and Safina, and former No. 2 Kuznetsova unseeded; first-round match-ups of interest are (6) Bartoli vs. Hantuchova, (7) Peer vs. (WC) Ivanovic, (8) Wickmayer vs. Kuznetsova, and potential second-round match-ups after seeded byes (1) Jankovic vs. Rezai and Stosur vs. Azarenka or Oudin; San Diego returns to the WTA tour (formerly the Acura Classic) after absences in 2008 and 2009; defending San Diego champ Maria Sharapova (2007-06) skips out on the 2010 edition; no former champs are in the field.
e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open 2010
Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Na Li, Petra Kvitova, Tsvetana Pironkova, Julia Goerges, Polona Hercog, Klara Zakopalova, Angelique Kerber
Floaters: Iveta Benesova, Anne Keothavong, Sofia Arvidsson, (WC) Katarina Srebotnik, Sorana Cirstea
Notes: Lower seeds could have some trouble in openers, including (3) Kvitova vs. Cirstea, and second round (6) Hercog vs. winner of Keothavong and Arvidsson; Copenhagen is a first-year WTA event; two Wimbledon semifinalists in the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds Kvitova and Pironkova. Anna Chakvetadze, who won a WTA title last week, is the top seed in the qualifying draw in Copenhagen.
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