Save for the injured Kim Clijsters and Venus and Serena Williams, virtually the entire Top 20 has turned out for the Mutua Madrid Open this week in Spain, where Caroline Wozniacki will attempt to live-up to her world No. 1 seeding.
The No. 1 Dane is looking at a juicy third-round meeting with German Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges, who powered her off the court in the Stuttgart final roughly a week ago. Goerges opens against No. 14 seed Kaia Kanepi, and will likely face wildcard and former No. 1 Dinara Safina in the second round.
Also in the first quarter, No. 5 Sam Stosur is up against it right away facing Gisela Dulko in her opener, with the winner to face the Daniela Hantuchova vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm victor.
Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, the top seed in the second quarter, opens against Spanish wildcard Laura Pous-Tio, then will likely face the winner of Spanish wildcard Anabel Medina Garrigues, who is coming off a title run last week, and Lucie Safarova.
Defending French Open champ and No. 3 seed Francesca Schiavone opens against China’s Shuai Peng, while No. 6-seeded Chinese Na Li starts with a tester against Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. No. 9 seed Shahar Peer and Alisa Kleybanova will play big-girl tennis in the first round, and No. 15 Ana Ivanovic will attempt to find her claycourt touch against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
In the bottom quarter No. 2 Vera Zvonareva opens against the near-retirement Patty Schnyder, No. 8 Maria Sharapova takes on wildcard and former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, and No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will battle the diminutive Dominika Cibulkova.
In last year’s final Aravane Rezai shocked Venus Williams 6-2, 7-5, and in 2009 Wozniacki was stopped in the final by Safina.
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