APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY
Men’s Seeds: Juan Martin Del Potro, Jerzy Janowicz, Andreas Seppi, Dmitry Tursunov, Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil, Julien Benneteau, Marin Cilic, Marcel Granollers
Men’s Floaters: Nicolas Mahut, Radek Stepanek, Sam Querrey, Bernard Tomic
Men’s Notes: Tomic, who beat Kevin Anderson in last year’s final, is not seeded…Seeds Janowicz, Popsicle and Cilic make their debuts in Sydney…Pospisil strained his back last week in Chennai…(1) Del Potro starts after a bye against either Mahut or a qualifier, while (2) Janowicz begins after a bye against either Edouard Roger-Vassalin or Alexandr Dolgopolov…Other tough starts for (5) Popsicle vs. Querrey (then likely Stepanek), and (8) Granollers vs. Tomic…Wildcards went to Aussies Marinko Matosevic, Matthew Ebden and Samuel Groth…Pulling from the event were Nicolas Almagro and Fabio Fognini…Returning former champs in the field are Tomic (2013), Nieminen (2012), and Tursunov (2008).
Women’s Seeds: Aggie Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic, Angie Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens
Women’s Floaters: Eugenie Bouchard, Daniela Hantuchova, Madison Keys, Kaia Kanepi, Dominika Cibulkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Roberta Vinci, Francesca Schiavone
Women’s Notes: Almost as much floating talent as seeds in the draw…Tough starts for (1) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. Bouchard, (7) Halep vs. Keys (winner to likely face Hantuchova), (5) Kerber vs. Cibulkova (winner likely to face Kanepi), (8) Stephens vs. former world No. 2 Kuznetsova, and (3) Errani vs. buddy Vinci in an all-Italian…Wildcards went to Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…American Jamie Hampton (hip) pulled from the event…Radwanska beat Cibulkova in last year’s final…Radwanska (2013) is the lone former champ in the field…Radwanska is attempting to join back-to-back tournament champs Elena Dementieva (2010-09), Martina Hingis (2002-01), Martina Navratilova (1985-84), and Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1975-74).
Auckland, New Zealand
Seeds: David Ferrer, Tommy Haas, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Benoit Paire, Gael Monfils, Robin Haase
Floaters: (WC) Marcos Baghdatis
Notes: The four-time title winner Ferrer is looking to become the first player to win five Auckland titles…(1) Ferrer after a bye starts against either Federico Delbonis or a qualifier, while (2) Haas starts against either (WC) Jack Sock or Adrian Mannarino…(4) Anderson after a bye will meet either (WC) Baghdatis or the hot-handed Daniel Brands…Former champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-11,’07) looking for a fourth title in a row and fifth overall, Isner (2010), and Kohlschreiber (2008).
Seeds: Sam Stosur, Kirsten Flipkens, Elena Vesnina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Flavia Pennetta, Mona Barthel, Klara Zakopalova, Bojana Jovanovski
Floaters: Venus Williams, Monica Puig
Notes: Sam Stosur still injured?…Tough draws for (3) Vesnina against the Puerto Rican riser Puig, and (5) Pennetta against the former No. 1 Venus…Venus on the small-tournament guarantee-cash circuit this year?…Wildcards went to Aussies Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Storm Sanders…Storm Sanders is an awesome sports name, period…Pulling from the tournament were Nadia Petrova, Ashleigh Barty and Stefanie Voegele…Vesnina in last year’s final beat Barthel…Returning former champs in the field are Vesnina (2013), Barthel (2012), and Jie Zheng (2005).
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