The WTA women get back into the grind this week immediately after the US Open at the Japan Open and the Tournoi de Quebec in Canada.
France’s Kristina Mladenovic heads the field in Tokyo, while world doubles No. 1 Lucie Safarova is the top seed in Canada.
Here is a look at the fields:
JAPAN WOMEN’S OPEN
TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard
Seeds: Kristina Mladenovic, Zhang Shuai, Elise Mertens, Kristyna Pliskova, Samantha Stosur, Naomi Osaka, Alison Riske, Yulia Putintseva
Floaters: Madison Brengle
Notes: No Top 10ers in the post-US Open field…Tough start for (7) Riske vs. American countrywoman Brengle…Wildcards were awarded to Japanese legend Kimiko Date, and seeds Mladenovic and Pliskova…Pulling out of the tournament were Lauren Davis, Magdalena Rybarikova, Katerina Siniakov, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Donna Vekic, Marketa Vondrousova, and Zheng Saisai…Past champions in the field are Christina McHale who beat Katerina Siniakova in last years final, and the three-time champ Stosur (2014-13,’09).
COUPE BANQUE NATIONALE
QUEBEC CITY, Canada; surface: indoor carpet
Seeds: Lucie Safarova, Oceane Dodin, Timea Babos, Tatjana Maria, Varvara Lepchenko, Jennifer Brady, Alison Van Uytvanck, Viktorija Golubic
Notes: No Top 35 players in the post-US Open field…No. 217-ranked American Grace Min was the last direct acceptance to the main draw…Wildcards were awarded to Aussie Destanee Aiava and Canucks Aleksandra Wozniak and Carol Zhao…Americans Jessica Pegula and Anna Tatishvili made the main draw via protected rankings…Pulling from the field were Genie Bouchard, Ana Bogdan, Julia Boserup, Kayla Day, Camila Giorgi, Patricia Maria Tig and Heather Watson…Americans outnumber Canadians in the field 11-6…The tournament is the last professional event still played on indoor carpet…Dodin beat Lauren Davis in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Dodin (2016) and Safarova (2013)…Former champs over the years include Lindsay Davenport (2007), Marion Bartoli (2006), Maria Sharapova (2003), and Jennifer Capriati (1999).
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