ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna
by Staff | October 17th, 2015, 3:18 pm

Moscow, Russia; Surface: hard

Women’s Seeds: Aggie Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber, Carla Suarez Navarro, Karolina Pliskova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Women’s Floaters: Daria Gavrilova, Alize Cornet, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dominika Cibulkova

Women’s Notes: Strong field with four Top 10 seeds…The rusty (2) Safarova after a bye will be up against it versus either defending champ Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Monica Niculescu…Other tough starts for (1) Radwanska after a bye vs. the comer Gavrilova or Cornet, and (4) Kerber vs. the former No. 2 Kuznetsova…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards were awarded to Radwanska, Czech Karolina Pliskova, Pennetta and Russian Elena Vesnina…Pulling from the tournament were Petra Kvitova, Karin Knapp and Ekaterina Makarova…This is the 20th anniversary of the women’s tournament…Pavlyuchenkova beat Begu in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Pavlyuchenkova (2014) and Cibulkova (2011).

Men’s Seeds: Marin Cilic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Pablo Cuevas, Borna Coric, Joao Sousa, Mikhail Kukushkin

Men’s Floaters: Andrey Rublev, Mikhail Youzhny

Men’s Notes: No Top 10 players in the field…Tricky starts for the No. 50-ranked (8) Kukushkin vs. the Russian riser and homecountry favorite Rublev, and (4) Kohlschreiber after a bye vs. the veteran Youzhny…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Rublev, Turkey’s Cem Ilkel, and Russian Evgeny Donskoy…Withdrawing from the event were Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Marcel Granollers…Cilic beat Roberto Bautusta Agut in last year’s final…Former winners in the field are Cilic (2014), Troicki (2010), and Youzhny (2009).

Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Surface: hard

Seeds: Timea Bacsinszky, Ana Ivanovic, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic, Sloane Stephens, Barbora Strycova, Annika Beck

Floaters: Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges, Mona Barthel, Yanina Wickmayer, Heather Watson

Notes: One Top 10er and two former No. 1s among the seeds…Potential tough starts for (1) Bacsinszky vs. Goerges, the streaky (6) Stephens vs. Barthel, (7) Strykova vs. Wickmayer, and (2) Ivanovic vs. Watson…Wildcards went to France’s Tessah Andrianjafitrimo, Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, and Switzerland’s Stefanie Vogele…Pulling from the event were Daniela Hantuchova, Madison Keys, Sabine Lisicki, Magdalena Rybarikova, and Roberta Vinci…In last year’s final Beck beat Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova…Former champs in the field are Beck (2014), Bacsinszky (2011), and Ivanovic (2007).

Stockholm, Sweden; Surface: hard

Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov, Jeremy Chardy, Jack Sock, Gilles Muller

Floaters: Sam Querrey, Marcos Baghdatis

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Vienna, Austria; Surface: hard

Seeds: David Ferrer, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils, Ivo Karlovic, Fabio Fognini

Floaters: Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Tommy Haas, Lukas Rosol, Ernests Gulbis

Notes: Two Top 10 players in Ferrer and Anderson…Lotsa dangerous floaters…Potential tough starts for (4) Tsonga vs. Haas in a battle of former title winners, and (3) Isner after a qualifier vs. Gulbis…Wildcards were awarded to Haas and Austrians Dennis Novak and Gerald Melzer…Pulling from the tournament were Sam Groth, Florian Mayer and Milos Raonic…Held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna…Heh heh, wiener…Andy Murray beat Ferrer in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Haas (2013,’01) and Tsonga (2011).

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6 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

jalep Says:

Pictures from Tianjin players party: Hingis, Pliskova, Radwanska…in case anyone’s interested.

jalep Says:

Updated rankings on the closest race ever to Singapore.

Kerber is a win away from qualifying but it won’t be easy — she has to beat Jelena Jankovic in Hong Kong.

Aga Radwanska just a win away too. Will meet rising star, Danka Kovinic in Tianjin.

“…Heh, heh wiener…” Wiener Bank 500 – lotsa points for the weinner. allez, Jo!

Kremlin Cup = Chance for WTA winner 470 points; finalist 360.

jane Says:

and serena is definitely out right?
that opens up the possibilities considerably.

jalep Says:

yes jane, Serena is definitely out. Simona is on top for Singapore, if she makes it. Haven’t looked for an update for her — she’s been out with an injury, as has Sharapova. But they are both still down to go atm.

Safarova, Pennetta, Navarro… the ones who are in close contention in singles will be playing Kremlin Cup. Pliskova, also in Moscow, has a remote shot.

Venus right now is in position to be an alternate for Singapore, depending on who goes deep or wins KC.

jalep Says:

Oct. 19 Updated RTS list.

#5 Radwanska qualified. She pulled out of Moscow. Good for her because she could — great season end effort!
#6 Kerber isn’t qualified but she had to pull out of Moscow with back pain :/

Which means spots 6-8 will be set depending on results mostly in Moscow and how Bacsinszky does in Luxembourg. Timea is down to go as an alternate right now.

Venus isn’t playing. she’s also down as an alternate but could move into place depending…

Safarova, Pennetta, Navarro, and Pliskova still are ones to watch in Moscow. All have a mathematical chance as of today, and it could go down to the wire. (Sorry, but this is way more compelling of a season end race than ATP).

And that’s not even touching news about the other WTA tour final. Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic are both in Luxembourg with a chance to secure their place for Zhuhai.

Problem is: Can’t find any coverage for Kremlin Cup. Luxembourg, Stockholm, Vienna are all playing out on Tennis Channel.

jalep Says:

Pliskova won today but if she loses her next match on Wednesday in Moscow, she’s out even as an alternate and Bacsinszky will be confirmed as alternate.

Thursday is crucial at Kremlin Cup. Nervous for Safarova and Pennetta.

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