Wozniacki Looks To Bounce Back In Seoul
Published September 16, 2012 10:29
Three weeks after her shock first round exit at the US Open, Caroline Wozniacki returns to action this week as top seed at the KDB Korea Open in Seoul.
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The Autumn Asian swing has traditionally been a productive time of year for Wozniacki, who has previously triumphed in both Beijing and Tokyo. Now over the knee injury that contributed to her demise in New York, the Dane is looking to complete the set in the Korean capital.
US Open blip aside, Wozniacki enjoyed a solid summer, reaching semifinals in Montréal and New Haven, as well as an encouraging quarterfinal run at the Olympics. First up at the Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center will be talented Dutch youngster Arantxa Rus, and should she get through this tricky opener things are unlikely to get any easier with seven other members of the Top 30 also in the draw.
Chief competition for the title is likely to come from the in-form No.2 seed Maria Kirilenko. With two runner-up trophies, deep runs at Wimbledon and the Olympics and a career-high ranking of No.12, 2012 has been a year to remember for the Russian.
Kirilenko has twice made it to the final in Seoul, losing to Venus Williams there in 2007 before going one better 12 months later. Her campaign gets underway against wildcard Lee So-Ra, with either Tamira Paszek or Carla Suárez Navarro meeting the winner.
The remaining seeds are Kaia Kanepi, Nadia Petrova, Julia Goerges, Varvara Lepchenko, Klara Zakopalova and Ekaterina Makarova, while defending champion María José Martínez Sánchez is also in the draw.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the East China Sea, Marion Bartoli, Zheng Jie and several of their fellow Top 50 residents have made the trip to China for the GRC Bank Guangzhou International Women's Open.
Top seed Bartoli is making her first visit to Guangzhou since losing in the second round in the inaugural tournament eight years ago and arrives full of confidence after a quarterfinal run at the US Open.
She opens up against a qualifier, with Monica Niculescu, Urszula Radwanska and defending champion Chanelle Scheepers the other seeds keeping her company in the top half of the draw.
In the bottom half, three-time Guangzhou semifinalist and No.2 seed Zheng Jie starts against Chan Yung-Jan, with Laura Robson, Peng Shuai and Sorana Cirstea all potentially lying in wait further down the line.