Dulko Descends On Acapulco
Published February 21, 2011 11:30
Seeded No.2, as she was last week, is Polona Hercog, who will be keen to go one better than her fine runner-up finish to Venus Williams last year. The 19-year-old Slovene could be forgiven for hoping her first round opponent is tired, though: Lourdes Domínguez Lino arrives from Bogotá having captured that title for the second time.
Hungarian veteran Greta Arn, who shocked Maria Sharapova on her way to the Auckland title at the start of the season, is the No.3 seed while popular Argentine and reigning doubles No.1 Gisela Dulko is seeded fourth on a singles ranking of No.60. The 26-year-old won her last singles title at Fès three years ago, but she'll be a serious contender this week.
Romanian teenager Simona Halep - who, like Hercog, reached her maiden WTA final last year at Fès - is this week's No.5 seed. Arantxa Parra Santonja, who reached her first tour final at Estoril in 2010, is seeded sixth, while her fellow Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro looks to shake of the disappointment of a surprise semifinal loss in Bogotá as the No.7 seed. Rounding out the seeds, No.8 Olga Govortsova must begin her campaign against Mathilde Johansson, Suárez Navarro's conqueror in Colombia, and runner-up there to Domínguez Lino.
Talented floaters in search of a confidence boost in Acapulco include Melanie Oudin, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Sorana Cirstea, while wildcards have been awarded to young Mexican Ximena Hermoso and 18-year-old Czech twins Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. Karolina won the junior Australian Open last year, while Kristyna won junior Wimbledon.
Jill Craybas and Edina Gallovits-Hall, who just won the Bogotá doubles title with Medina Garrigues, are top seeds in the team event.