Unseeded Serena Looms at Stanford; Roddick Still in Hiding; ATP/WTA Previews
by Staff | July 24th, 2011, 2:13 pm

Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, Calif., USA
Surface: hard

Seeds: Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Aggie Radwanska, Julia Goerges, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova
Floaters: Serena Williams, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Sabine Lisicki, Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova

Notes: How would you like to meet an unseeded Williams sister in the first round? That bad draw goes to Aussie Anastasia Rodionova, who meets unseeded former No. 1 Serena Williams, winner to face the victor of the (6) Goerges vs. Kirilenko match-up. Other tough opening draws are (8) Cibulkova vs. the ageless Date-Krumm, and (2) Sharapova after a bye meeting the winner of Hantuchova vs. qualifier; third-round potential leggy meeting of (2) Sharapova vs. Goerges; wildcards went to (8) Cibulkova and American Hilary Barte; Azarenka beat Sharapova in last year’s all-screaming-gruntfest final; returning champs in the field are Azarenka (2010), Bartoli (2009); Serena has never won in Stanford, while her sister Venus has won twice.

Washington, DC, USA
Surface: hard

Seeds: Shahar Peer, Nadia Petrova, Tamira Paszek, Jelena Dokic, Bojana Jovanovski, Elena Baltacha, Sania Mirza, Alberta Brianti

Floaters: none

Notes: An inaugural WTA event, not a challenger, as the draw might indicate; mild unseeded names of interest include Melanie Oudin, American comer Sloane Stephens, Brit comer Heather Watson, and American hopefuls Irini Falconi and Alison Riske; wildcards went to Petrova, Japan’s Misaki Doi, and Canadian Eugenia Bouchard.

Farmers Classic
Los Angeles, Calif., USA
Surface: hard

Seeds: Mardy Fish, Juan Martin Del Potro, Marcos Baghdatis, Thomaz Bellucci, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Dmitry Tursunov, Grigor Dimitrov, Igor Kunitsyn

Floaters: Gilles Muller, Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez, Ryan Harrison, (WC) Tommy Haas, Ernests Gulbis, James Blake

Notes: Not an overly-impressive seeded field, but loaded with floaters and land mines for the seeds; Fish the top seed for the second straight week after Atlanta; American Andy Roddick still in seclusion during Week #2 of the US Open Series, not making an appearance since the U.S. Davis Cup debacle vs. Spain; opening-round matches of interest include Fish after a bye against Muller (coming off Atlanta semi) or (WC) Steve Johnson, (8) Kunitsyn vs. the returning-from-injury Gonzo, (3) Baghdatis vs. winner of (WC) Ginepri vs. Yen-Hsun Lu, Harrison vs. Lithuania’s diminutive Richard Berankis in a battle of comers, (6) Tursunov vs. “Iron” Mike Russell, (7) Dimitrov vs. (WC) Haas, (5) X-Man vs. Gulbis, and (2) Del Potro after a bye likely facing Blake; Del Potro is undefeated in L.A. after winning the title in 2008; two-time defending champion Sam Querrey remains sidelined with injury; returning champions in the field are Del Potro (2008) and Haas (2006,’04).

Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad
Gstaad, Switzerland
Surface: clay

Seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Pablo Andujar, Marcel Granollers

Floaters: Igor Andreev

Notes: You’re not going to get Roger Federer to play the Swiss Open when it’s been moved on the ATP calendar into the hardcourt season, but with some under-the-table appearance fee cash you can get Swiss No. 2 Stan Wawrinka and a middling claycourt field; wildcards went to Swiss Mr.’s Michael “The Whammer” Lammer, Stephane Bohli, and Alexander Sadecky; The No. 7 seed Andujar makes his event debut, and No. 8 Granollers is the only seed with a losing record in Gstaad; Almagro beat Richard Gasquet in last year’s final; returning champions in the field are Almagro (2010) and Victor Hanescu (2008).

ATP Studena Croatia Open
Umag, Croatia
Surface: clay

Seeds: Juan Ignacio Chela, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ivan Ljubicic, Marin Cilic, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Ivan Dodig

Floaters: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Potito Starace

Notes: Croatian seeds Ljubicic, Cilic, Dodig draw fans to the resort town during the week; wildcards go to Croats Antonio Veic, Mate Delic and Mate Pavic; Ljubicic is 14-10 career in Umag, never surpassing the semis; (1) Chela after a bye facing a potential tough opener against the 2010 runner-up Starace; Ferrero (2010) is the lone returning champion in the field.

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8 Comments for Unseeded Serena Looms at Stanford; Roddick Still in Hiding; ATP/WTA Previews

Kimmi Says:

great tennis next week. delpo is BACK! go get them juan martin.

women tennis is interesting too. serena, azarenka, sharapova etc…

where is petra? still celebrating wimbledon title?

GRRRRR! stop with the clay in europe.

Brando Says:

Really JMDP can win this and Washington. Then if he gets to say quarter finals in Montreal I think that wold be enough for to be a top 10 player and seed for US open. He was really unlucky to get djokovic at FO and nadal at wimby, since I feel if he can avoid top4 until say the quarter final stages then he can beat them.

Cherry Says:

I checked on the stats of Williams and Rodionova. Williams has the upperhand. http://www.tennisround.com

Kimmi Says:

Brando – for delpo to get seeded to meet top 4 in the qtr, he needs to be seeded 5, 6, 7 or 8. I don’t think it is going to happen.

What he needs to do is to make sure at least he is seeded 9 to 16 (ranking 19 at the moment), that way he may meet them in round of 16 or deeper, instead of 3rd round which has happened at RG and wimbledon.

Kimberly Says:

he got Nadal 4th Round at Wimbledon. I think he can get to 8 maybe? If you look the points from those 7 and 8 aren’t unattainable. If he wins one of the masters and goes deep in the other.

Kimmi Says:

i think it was third round he played nadal kimberly. didnt nadal play muller in the 4th and fish in the qtrs?

Kimmi Says:

ah, wrong. you are correct kimberly. muller third, delpo 4th.

RFFan Says:

Thanks for the preview.

I didn’t hear about Roddick pulling out of LA, so I assume it was never on his schedule.

Has the Swiss Open ever been scheduled before wimbledon? Not to my knowledge in recent years anyway. But is does seem to be later this year, it used to by the week right after wimby. Fed played it in 2003 and 2004 (and before) but not since. Not to be confused with the Basel Indoors, Fed’s hometown tournament which he plays every year.

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