The women’s Rogers Cup kicks off Monday in Toronto with a lot of excitement and a lot of question marks.
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is the defending champ, but she has been handed a difficult draw, including Venus Williams early on. Venus is a question mark coming off injury, as is world No. 2 Kim Clijsters, making her debut on the U.S. summer hardcourts.
The favorite in many people’s eyes, Serena Williams after her 0-to-60 m.p.h. quick return from injury, is looking at a third-round match-up with Clijsters.
Here’s a look at the breakdown of the draw and field for the 2011 Rogers Cup:
Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank
Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Andrea Petkovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Aggie Radwanska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Jelena Jankovic, Dominika Cibulkova
Floaters: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Yanina Wickmayer, Ana Ivanovic, Nadia Petrova, Jelena Dokic, Maria Kirilenko, Julia Goerges
Notes: Brutal draw for the world No. 1 Wozniacki, after a bye likely starting against Wickmayer, then the unseeded Venus Williams (who must first get by fellow former No. 1 Ivanovic and (16) Cibulkova); (3) Zvonarova likely looking at a tough all-Russian opener against the veteran Petrova; (5) Sharapova after a bye an interesting opener against Top 5er Dokic; (9) Bartoli opens against a qualifier, then faces the winner of Kirilenko-Flavia Pennetta; (14) Pavlyuchenkova likewise opens against qualifier, then face the winner of Daniel Hantuchova-Gisela Dulko; (15) Jankovic in a tough opener vs. Goerges, winner to face Serena Williams, than that winner vs. (2) Clijsters; former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2010), Ivanovic (2006), Clijsters (2005), and Serena Williams (2001).
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