10 Things To Know: This Week
Published January 27, 2014 12:13
Every week on wtatennis.com we'll bring you 10 of the most important things to know - who's playing, where, upcoming milestones... this week the Road To Singapore goes through Paris and Pattaya City.
~ There's a lot of movement in the WTA Rankings. Li Na returned to No.3 and is now just 11 points from No.2, Simona Halep became the 107th player to break the Top 10 (and third Romanian after Virginia Ruzici and Irina Spirlea), Eugenie Bouchard became the third Canadian to break the Top 20 (after Carling Bassett-Seguso and Helen Kelesi) and Alison Riske made her Top 50 debut.
~ Five Top 10 players are in Paris. The field for the Open GDF SUEZ is absolutely packed, with a quintet of Top 10 stars in the mix - Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber and the aforementioned Simona Halep, who is playing her first tournament as a Top 10 player. Rounding out the seeds at the Premier-level event are Roberta Vinci, Carla Suárez Navarro and Kirsten Flipkens.
~ The Pattaya City field is packed too. Sabine Lisicki, who barely lost a marathon final against Maria Kirilenko last year, is back to try and go one further at the PTT Pattaya Open. Svetlana Kuznetsova is the No.2 seed, with Sorana Cirstea, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina, Garbiñe Muguruza, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Peng Shuai rounding out the seeds at the International-level tournament.
~ The doubles fields are packed this week too. The two teams that squared off a few days ago for the Australian Open title are both playing this week, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci seeded No.1 in Paris and Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina seeded No.1 in Pattaya City. They're two of the Top 3 teams in the world - the other, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, are in Pattaya with other partners.
~ Petrova is back in action. Though she didn't make it out of qualies, Nadia Petrova made a welcome return to the tour in Paris, her first competition of the season after missing some time due to personal reasons. She's still playing doubles this week though, alongside Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
~ Kuznetsova is a win away from 500. Svetlana Kuznetsova finished 2013 with 499 career match wins, and she's going for the milestone in Pattaya City. She would be the 10th active player to reach 500 after Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova, Jelena Jankovic, Flavia Pennetta, Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Sharapova.