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WTA Stars Head To Kuala Lumpur & Acapulco

New World No.5 Agnieszka Radwanska is top seed in Kuala Lumpur, while Flavia Pennetta aims to rekindle an old love affair in Acapulco.

Published February 26, 2012 01:17

WTA Stars Head To Kuala Lumpur & Acapulco
Agnieszka Radwanska

If winning breeds confidence, then Agnieszka Radwanska will arrive in Kuala Lumpur for this week's BMW Malaysian Open in buoyant mood.

On Saturday, Radwanska, the top seed in the Malaysian capital, won the eighth title of her career in Dubai, propelling her to a career-high ranking of No.5 in the process. Such has been the Pole's form this season - she has already amassed a 15-3 win-loss record - that the only player to defeat her has been the near-invincible Victoria Azarenka.

Can anyone repeat the trick on the hardcourts of the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort? One player believing they can is No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic. The Serb was Radwanska's semifinal foe in Dubai, where, despite coming off second best in a see-saw encounter, she displayed glimpses of the form that made her World No.1 three years ago.

The remaining seeds travelling to Southeast Asia for the third staging of the tournament are World No.17 Peng Shuai, Jarmila Gajdosova, Petra Martic, Ayumi Morita, Anne Keothavong and defending champion Jelena Dokic.

Meanwhile, across the Pacific, the Latin American leg of the WTA season arrives at its final stop off, the Méxican city of Acapulco. It is the twelfth time the Fairmont Acapulco Princess hotel has played host to the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL and for one player it has become like a second home.

Flavia Pennetta has reached the final in Acapulco a staggering six times, going on to lift the clay court title on two of these occasions. And, after a two-year absence, the Italian is finally returning to the site of these past glories this week.

Joining Pennetta in the draw, though, are two compatriots, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who pose a real threat to her hopes to completing a hat-trick of Acapulco titles. Both players possess tremendous clay court pedigree - they have reached a combined total of seven WTA finals on the surface - and, as two of the fittest players on tour, neither is likely to wilt in the Méxican heat.

Also in the draw is defending champion Gisela Dulko and the rapidly improving Irina-Camelia Begu.

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