Peer Headlines As WTA Debuts In College Park
Published July 23, 2011 12:00
COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA - Shahar Peer and a pair of former Top 5 players highlight the field this week at the inaugural Citi Open, a brand new International-level WTA tournament held on the outdoor hardcourts of College Park.
Peer is not only famous for breaking political barriers through her tennis, she is also famous for being the highest-ranked Israeli player in the history of the sport - she went as high as No.11 earlier this year (and she was a win away from cracking the Top 10 in Charleston). After somewhat of a difficult last few months she is down at No.24 now but with five WTA titles under her belt she knows how to put together perfect weeks. The top-seeded 24-year-old starts with a qualifier.
Among those joining Peer in the Top 4 seeds are two ex-Top 5 players, namely Nadia Petrova and Jelena Dokic. Petrova, a former No.3 who at Wimbledon reached the second week of a Grand Slam for an amazing 20th time, is the No.2 seed; Dokic, a former No.4 who has shot back into the Top 50 this year thanks to a title run in Kuala Lumpur and another final at 's-Hertogenbosch, is the No.4 seed. Seeded No.3 is Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tamira Paszek.
Rounding out the Top 8 seeds are Bojana Jovanovski, at No.58 the world's top-ranked teenager; Elena Baltacha, Britain's No.1; Sania Mirza, India's No.1; and Alberta Brianti, playing her best tennis at age 31. Also in the draw are former Top 20 stars Zheng Jie, Virginie Razzano and Eleni Daniilidou.