ATP/WTA Previews: Haas in Munich, Ferrer in Portugal
by Staff | April 28th, 2013, 9:42 pm
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Portugal Open
Oeiras, Portugal; Surface: red clay

Men’s Seeds: David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini, Julien Benneteau, Benoit Paire, Horacio Zeballos, Tommy Robredo

Men’s Floaters: none

Men’s Notes: The tournament is now named in the Estoril municipality of Oeiras for whatever reason…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Ferrer is 1-3 career at the event…Two-time defending champ Juan Martin del Potro pulled citing a virus…Kevin Anderson and Juan Monaco were other notable pulls…No past champions are in the field.

Women’s Seeds: Marion Bartoli, Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Sorana Cirstea, Varvara Lepchenko, Elena Vesnina, Julia Goerges

Women’s Floaters: Shuai Peng, (WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova, Francesca Schiavone, Anabel Medina Garrigues

Women’s Notes: Wildcards went to Cibulkova, Goerges, Kuznetsova and Portugal’s Maria Joao Koehler…Tough openers for (1) Bartoli vs. Peng, (6) Lepchenko vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (5) Cirstea vs. Medina Garrigues…Pulling from the tournament were Irina-Camelia Begu (right shoulder), Alize Cornet, Yaroslava Shvedova, Roberta Vinci (shoulder) and Heather Watson (mono)…Kaia Kanepi, unseeded this year, in last year’s final defeated Suarez Navarro…Returning champions in the field are Kanepi (2012), Medina Garrigues (2011), and Yanina Wickmayer (2009).

BMW Open
Munich, Germany; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, Tommy Haas, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Florian Mayer, Mikhail Youzhny, Jurgen Melzer

Floaters: (WC) Gael Monfils, Marlos Baghdatis, Radek Stepanek, Ernests Gulbis, Jarkko Nieminen, Nikolay Davydenko, Ivan Dodig

Notes: Seeds Tipsarevic and Dolgopolov have losing career records in Munich…Kohlschreiber beat Cilic in last year’s final…Seeds Cilic, Haas and Mayer have finished runner-up in Munich…Haas is up to No. 14 in the world, looking for his first Munich title in his 10th appearance…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, and tough early match-ups abound in (8) Melzer vs. (WC) Monfils, (4) Kohlschreiber vs. Baghdatis or a qualifier, (7) Youzhny vs. Stepanek, (3) Haas vs. Gulbis or Nieminen, and (2) Cilic vs. Davydenko or Dodig…Returning champs in the field are Kohlschreiber (2012,’07), Davydenko (2011,’04), and Youzhny (2010).


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