The year of Olympic weirdness impacting the WTA calendar continues this week. The same week as Rio hosts the Olympic tennis event, the WTA hosts a competing event in Brazil, and an event in China that sees a list of seeds ranked lower than some top tier ITF-level events.
Here’s the ugly:
JIANGXI WOMEN’S TENNIS OPEN
Nanchang, China; Surface: hard
Seeds: Kurumi Nara, Francesca Schiavone, Donna Vekic, Zhang Kailin, Vania King, Risa Ozaki, Han Xinyun, Elitsa Kostova
Floaters: Daniela Hantuchova
Notes: Who wants to go to China in August? No one, apparently, as the Jiangxi Open boasts a top seed who is barely in the Top 100…Russian Marina Melnikova received direct entry into the draw ranked No. 195…The former French Open champ Schiavone will likely meet the veteran Hantuchova in the second round…Wildcards were awarded to China’s Lu Jiajing, Yang Zhaoxuan, Zheng Wushuang and Zhang Yuxuan…In last year’s final Jelena Jankovic beat Chinese Taipei’s Chang Kai-chen.
BRASIL TENNIS CUP
Florianopolis, Brazil; Surface: clay
Seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Puig, Jelena Ostapenko, Yulia Putintseva, Timea Babos, Nao Hibino, Naomi Osaka, Teliana Pereira
Notes: No Top 25 players, but one former No. 1 in Jankovic…No. 94 Pereira gets seeded, and it must be strange for the Brazilian to be playing a WTA event in Brazil as her country at the same time hosts the Olympic tennis…Wildcards were awarded to Jankovic and Brazilians Maria Fernanda Alves and Beatriz Haddad Maia…High-profile tournament pull-outs were Annika Beck, Caroline Garcia and Laura Siegemund…Last year Pereira (the lone former champ in the field) beat Beck in the final.
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