Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale
New Haven, Conn., USA
Men’s Seeds: Marcos Baghdatis, Thomaz Bellucci, Fernando Gonzalez, Mardy Fish, Andrey Golubev, Tommy Robredo, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Florian Mayer, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Viktor Troicki, Xavier Malisse, Thiemo de Bakker, Michael Berrer, Juan Ignacio Chela, Denis Istomin, Victor Hanescu
Floaters: Igor Andreev, (WC) Taylor Dent, James Blake, Jarkko Nieminen
Notes: Baghdatis will open after a bye against either Andreev or Arnaud Clement; American Fail Institute fellow Donald Young gets a wildcard; real favorable draw for wildcard Dent; nice draw for Blake too; of the Top 8 seeds, only Fish has a winning career record in New Haven; defending champ Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco skips out; Blake won New Haven in 2005 and 2007.
Women’s Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur, Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, Yanina Wickmayer, Marion Bartoli, Flavia Pennetta, Nadia Petrova
Floaters: Melanie Oudin, Alisa Kleybanova, Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, Kaia Kanepi, (WC) Dinara Safina, Jie Zheng
Notes: Wozniacki will open against the winner of Oudin and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; (7) Pennetta a tough start against Kleybanova; the French Open champ (3) Schiavone starts against former No. 1 (WC) Safina; (2) Stosur will likely start against the tough Zheng; tournament started in 1948 as the U.S. Women’s Hardcourt Championships; Wozniacki is the two-time defending champion.
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