QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN
Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Ernests Gulbis, Fernando Verdasco
Floaters: Lukas Rosol, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Gael “Force” Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko, Alexandr Dolgopolov
Notes: Nadal opens against Rosol who famously ousted him at Wimbledon a couple years ago…Other tough starts for (4) Berdych vs. Dr. Ivo, and (2) Ferrer vs. the pesky Dolgopolov…Ferrer beat Nadal last week at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, eventually losing in the final to Novak Djokovic…Nadal has never won Doha in five appearances…Ferrer has never won in three appearances…Murray making his first ATP appearance since back surgery…In last year’s final Gasquet beat Davydenko…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2013), Davydenko (2010), and Murray (2009-08).
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Women’s Seeds: Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, Angie Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Carla Suarez Navarro
Women’s Floaters: Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova, Francesca Schiavone
Women’s Notes: Five current or former No. 1s in the field…Serena comes into the event with a 22-match winning streak, her last loss coming in the Cincinnati final to Azarenka…Tough starts for (6) Wozniacki vs. Cibulkova, and (4) Jankovic vs. Schiavone…Serena after a bye faces the winner of Andrea Petkovic and Bethanie Mattek-Sands…Six of the Top 10 players are in attendance…Serena is the defending champ, last year beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final…Returning champs in the field are Serena (2013), Kaia Kanepi (2012), and Azarenka (2009).
Men’s Seeds: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov, Feliciano Lopez, Dmitry Tursunov, Jeremy Chardy
Men’s Floaters: Sam Querrey, Mikhail Kukushkin, Lleyton Hewitt, Marin Cilic
Men’s Notes: Federer is the lone Top 10 player in the men’s draw…The No. 7 seed Tursunov makes his debut at the event…Federer in lone appearance at the event in 2000 lost in the 2nd rd…Federer after a bye opens against the winner of (WC) James Duckworth and Jarkko Nieminen…Tough starts for (7) Tursunov vs. Querrey, and (6) Lopez vs. Kukushkin (winner to likely face Hewitt)…Hewitt and Cilic unseeded after injuries and doping ban respectively…Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer pulled from the event…Federer is playing doubles with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, and the pair faces top seeds Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer in the first round…In last year’s final Dimitrov was the runner-up to Andy Murray who claimed his second consecutive title…Hewitt (2000,’98) the lone returning champ in the field.
AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN 2014
Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny, Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire, Vasek Pospisil, Marcel Granollers, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Roberto Bautista Agut
Floaters: Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez
Notes: Not a lot of floating talent with (4) Paire to open against G-Lo after a bye…Wildcards went to India’s Yuki Bhambri, Brit Kyle Edmund, and India’s Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan…The top-seeded Wawrinka after a bye will start against a German in either Benjamin Becker or Julian Reister…Pulling from the event were Janko Tipsarevic (achilles) and Jurgen Zopp (back)…Tipsarevic beat Bautista Agut in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Wawrinka (2011) and Youzhny (2008).
Seeds: Li Na, Sara Errani, Klara Zakopalova, Bojana Jovanovski, Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, Zheng Jie, Annika Beck
Floaters: (WC) Vera Zvonareva, Donna Vekic
Notes: The top-seeded Li, who won the inaugural edition of the event last year, opens against Russian wildcard and former Top 10er Vera Zvonareva, making her comeback from shoulder surgery…Also a tough start for (3) Zakopalova against the Croat riser Vekic.
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