1
1
1

Radwanska Heads To Belgium For Final Preparations

Agnieszka Radwanska travels to Brussels for her final French Open tune-up, while Francesca Schiavone is in action in Strasbourg.

Published May 20, 2012 10:44

Radwanska Heads To Belgium For Final Preparations
Agnieszka Radwanska

With less than seven days to go before the start of the French Open, this coming week will see some of the WTA's leading players head to Brussels and Strasbourg to dot the i's and cross the t's ahead of the year's second major.

Among them will be Agnieszka Radwanska, who travels to Belgium for the second staging of the Brussels Open. The Pole is top seed at the Premier level event and will be keen to get back to winning ways after a shock early exit in Rome.

This was a rare blip in what has otherwise been an outstanding season for Radwanska, with title runs in Miami and Dubai helping propel her to a career-high ranking of No.3. Her crafty, all-court game is suited to the clay, and with a straightforward draw she could well pick up another title this week.

Out to stop her will be fellow Top 10 resident Marion Bartoli. Like Radwanska, Bartoli fell at the first hurdle in Rome and she will need to be on her guard from the off in the Belgian capital; after a first round bye, she is likely to face the in-form Varvara Lepchenko in the last 16, before a possible quarterfinal meeting with 2011 runner-up Peng Shuai.

Other names of note gracing the courts of the Primrose Royal Tennis Club this year are Dominika Cibulkova, Jelena Jankovic, Kaia Kanepi, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Nadia Petrova.

Two-hundred miles southeast of Brussels a similarly strong field, featuring a former French Open champion and three of the Top 20, has assembled for the Internationaux de Strasbourg.

Top seed at the Strasbourg Tennis Club this year is the hard-hitting Sabine Lisicki. After missing much of the European clay court season because of an ankle injury, Lisicki will be desperate for court time this week and kicks off her campaign against talented Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier.

Should she negotiate the opening rounds, though, life will not get any easier, as über-talented Mona Barthel and three-time champion Anabel Medina Garrigues are probable foes further down the track.

The other side of the draw features an interesting mix of youth and experience, including Maria Kirilenko, Marina Erakovic, Tamira Paszek and Sloane Stephens. However, the standout name is 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

While Schiavone has not had the ideal preparation for her latest Roland Garros title tilt, winning just twice on the dirt all year, she is an old hand when it comes to peaking for the majors; last year she made the semifinals in Brussels before finishing runner-up in the French capital and she will be keen for another confidence-boosting run this week.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Venus Beats Birthday Girl Azarenka

    July 31, 2014
    Venus Williams kept her perfect record against Victoria Azarenka alive on Thursday night, beating her at the Bank Of The West Classic. And on her birthday, too...
  • On This Day: Happy Birthday Vika

    July 31, 2014
    July 31, 1989 - Tom Hanks was on the case with a slobbery new partner, Prince was partying in Gotham City and one of the all-time greats was coming into the world.
  • Halep To Rise To World No.2

    July 31, 2014
    WTA Rising Star Simona Halep will pass Li Na in two weeks on Monday, August 11, to become the new World No.2. Who are some other famous names to get to No.2?
To The Top
3