Svitolina Looks for 2nd Straight Title at Kuala Lumpur; Sao Paulo; WTA Previews
ALYA WTA MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; surface: hard
Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Carla Suarez Navarro, Caroline Garcia, Peng Shuai, Duan Yingying, Wang Qiang, Elise Mertens, Cagla Buyukakcay
Notes: Top 10er as of Monday Svitolina is coming off the win in the Dubai final…Wildcards went to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, the Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, and China’s Zheng Saisai…Svitolina is also the defending champ, in last year’s final beating Eugenie Bouchard.
Sao Paulo, Brazil; surface:
Seeds: Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Joao Sousa, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Federico Delbonis, Carlos Berlocq
Floaters: Casper Ruud
Notes: No Top 20 players in the field, and not a lot of floating talent…Wildcards were awarded to Brazil’s Orlando Luz and Joao Souza, and Japan’s Akira Santillan…Cuevas is the two-time defnding champion, in last year’s final defeating Carreno Busta…Former champs in the field are Cuevas (2016-15) and Delbonis (2014).
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