Asian Swing Continues In Seoul & Guangzhou
Published September 18, 2011 12:00
SEOUL, South Korea & GUANGZHOU, China - The Asian swing continues this week as the stars of the WTA compete at the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul and at the WANLIMA Guangzhou International Women's Open in Guangzhou, both International-level tournaments with $220,000 purses.
Headlining in Seoul will be a pair of Top 10 players, Francesca Schiavone and Marion Bartoli. Both will be trying to get back on track after earlier-than-expected losses at the US Open, Schiavone falling in the fourth round and Bartoli falling second round. Playing here for the second time, the No.1-seeded Schiavone opens against Vera Dushevina (Dushevina has won two of their three prior meetings); in her third appearance here, the No.2-seeded Bartoli will open against Nuria Llagostera Vives (they are tied, 1-1).
Julia Goerges and Dominika Cibulkova are the No.3 and No.4 seeds. Rounding out the Top 8 are Polona Hercog, María José Martínez Sánchez, Irina-Camelia Begu and Ekaterina Makarova. Former champions Kimiko Date-Krumm and Eleni Daniilidou are also among the 32-woman field.
Over in Guangzhou, No.28-ranked Maria Kirilenko leads the seeds, hoping to win her sixth career WTA title - she has an affinity for Asia, having won three of her five previous WTA titles on the continent (Beijing in 2005, Kolkata in 2007 and Seoul in 2008). She will open against Alona Bondarenko, a tough ask given their head-to-head (Bondarenko has won two of their three meetings).
Ranked just two spots lower, No.30-ranked Jarmila Gajdosova is the No.2 seed in Guangzhou. The Australian is hoping to rebound from a disappointing summer season - she has gone 1-6 since Wimbledon. She will open against Han Xinyun (a first-time meeting). Rounding out the Top 8 are Ksenia Pervak, Petra Martic, Bojana Jovanovski, Alberta Brianti, Chanelle Scheepers and Magdalena Rybarikova. Pervak could be a big threat - she just won her first WTA title in Tashkent this past week. In addition to Bondarenko, former Top 20 players Zheng Jie and Aravane Rezai are also among the field.
Seoul and Guangzhou both became WTA stops seven years ago in 2004.