ATP/WTA Previews: Kerber Leads Killer Field in Tokyo

by Staff | September 14th, 2014, 7:35 pm

Metz, France; Surface: Indoor Hard

Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Lukas Rosol, Jeremy Chardy, Joao Sousa, Jerzy Janowicz, David Goffin

Floaters: Gilles Muller, (WC) Nicolas Mahut

Notes: Potential tough starts for (1) Tsonga after a bye vs. the power-serving upset-specialist Muller, and (5) Chardy, who has never won a match in Metz in two attempts, vs. countryman (WC) Mahut…Wildcards went to France’s Laurent Lokoli, Mahut, and Paul-Henri Mathieu…Notable withdrawals from the event were Gilles Simon (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka (fatugue)…Simon beat Tsonga in last year’s all-French final…Former champs in the field are Tsonga (2012-11) and Monfils (2010).

Tokyo, Japan; Surface: hard

Seeds: Angie Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, Dominika Cibulkova, Lucie Safarova, Carla Suarez Navarro

Floaters: Kirsten Flipkens, Victoria Azarenka

Notes: Three Top 10 seeds, and all seeds in the Top 20…Tough starts for the struggling (6) Cibulkova vs. Flipkens, and (3) Ivanovic after a bye vs. Azarenka…Four former No. 1 players in the field…Wildcards went to Swiss Belinda Bencic, Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, and German Sabine Lisicki…Pulling from the event were Camila Giorgi, Flavia Pennetta and Andrea Petkovic…Petra Kvitova beat Kerber in last year’s final…Wozniacki (2010) is the lone former champ in the field.

Seoul, Korea; Surface: hard

Seeds: Aggie Radwanska, Karol�na Pliskova, Klara Koukalova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Varvara Lepchenko, Kaia Kanepi, Caroline Garcia, Heather Watson

Floaters: Francesca Schiavone

Notes: (4) Rybarikova opens against the former Slam champ Schiavone…Wildcards went to Koreans Jang Su-jeong and Han Na-lae, and Russian Maria Kirilenko…Radwanska beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Radwanska (2013) and Kirilenko (2008).

Guangzhou, China; Surface: hard

Seeds: Sam Stosur, Alize Cornet, Sloane Stephens, Bojana Jovanovski, Zarina Diyas, Roberta Vinci, Jana Cepelova, Annika Beck

Floaters: none

Notes: Wildcards went to Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei, and China’s Wang Yafan and Zhu Lin…Pulling from the event were American Vania King and China’s Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai…Shuai beat King in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Su-wei (2012) and Shahar Peer (2009).


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3 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Kerber Leads Killer Field in Tokyo Says:

This is an interesting tournament, given Gael’s recent success. He needs this tournament to show he’s for real, but Jo Tsonga stands in his way, and he’s also trying to show he belongs in the elite category. One will have to give!

contador Says:

Have not watched any tennis since the US Open final but tonight watching the Tokyo women’s final starring Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniaki. Very beautiful and enjoyable tennis match really, plus, easy on the eyes and ears. :D

Ana is playing so well – ajde Ana!

Ana wins in Tokyo 6-0 7-6 !!

contador Says:

I think with the retirement of Li Na, Ivanovic and Wozniaki both secure a place in the Singapore WTA tour final…not sure, though…

Will miss Li Na :/

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