Saturday, 14 February 2009

Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships Draw

Here is the draw for the Dubai tournament:

S Williams (USA) 1 Bye
YJ Chan (Tpe) vs S Errani (Ita)
S Stosur (Aus) vs M Rybarikova (Svk)
A Rodionova (Rus) Q vs J Zheng (Chn) 13
A Radwanska (Pol) 9 vs U Radwanska (Pol) Q
A Szavay (Hun) vs T Tanasugarn (Tha)
A Lapushchenkova (Rus) Q vs A Kleybanova (Rus) WC
A Ivanovic (Srb) 8 Bye
E Dementieva (Rus) 4 Bye
M Koryttseva (Ukr) vs S Bammer (Aut)
O Govortsova (Blr) vs A Bondarenko (Ukr)
A Mauresmo (Fra) vs A Medina Garrigues (Esp) 14
A Cornet (Fra) 10 vs A-L Groenefeld (Ger)
J Schruff (Ger) Q vs P Kvitova (Cze)
M Kirilenko (Rus) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (Rus)
V Williams (USA) 6 Bye
S Kuznetsova (Rus) 7 Bye
E Vesnina (Rus) Q vs N Li (Chn)
T Pironkova (Bul) vs V Kutuzova (Ukr)
S Cirstea (Rom) vs D Cibulkova (Svk) 12
K Kanepi (Est) 16 vs T Paszek (Aut) Q
S Mirza (Ind) WC vs E Makarova (Rus)
S Peng (Chn) vs M Niculescu (Rom)
J Jankovic (Srb) 3 Bye
V Zvonareva (Rus) 5 Bye
V Dushevina (Rus) WC vs Z Yan (Chn)
F Schiavone (Ita) vs C Dellacqua (Aus)
A Sugiyama (Jpn) vs M Bartoli (Fra) 11
A Chakvetadze (Rus) 15 vs S Peer (Isr)
S Vogele (Sui) WC vs D Hantuchova (Svk)
K Bondarenko (Ukr) vs V Razzano (Fra)
D Safina (Rus) 2 Bye

First of all, despite withdrawing from the Open GDF Suez tournament today with a knee injury, top seed Serena Williams is still scheduled to appear in Dubai. This is the first non-Grand Slam event to boost such a strong field. Nadia Petrova is the only member of the top ten not appearing in Dubai, because of a stress fracture (in her foot, we think). We are not going to give any verdicts on who we think will win the tournament as it looks very close, but the first round match we recommend you watch would be the Radwanska sisters. This draw boasts three pairs of sisters in the singles main draw alone!


  1. just watching the Dementieva Mauresmo final and the Eurosport commentators had some breaking news......Shahia Peer has been refused entry to the Dubai tournament next week, by the UAE.....

  2. Yes, the WTA Tour says that it is going to review the situation of the future of the Dubai Tennis Championships because of this. It is unfortunate, and Peer will now have to be given compensation for it.