Saturday, 14 February 2009

Cellular South Cup Draw

Here is the draw for next week's championships at Memphis:

C Wozniacki (Den) 1 vs Qualifier
K Flipkens (Bel) vs S Bremond (Fra)
K Barrois (Ger) vs J Groth (Svk)
Qualifier vs A Kudryavtseva (Rus) 7
A Keothavong (GBR) 4 vs ME Camerin (Ita)
M Larcher de Brito (Por) WC vs S Arvidsson (Swe)
M Oudin (USA) WC vs J Craybas (USA)
J Ditty (USA) vs M Erakovic (Nzl) 5
S Lisicki (Ger) 6 vs E Bychkova (Rus)
S Foretz (Fra) vs M Czink (Hun)
A Stevenson (USA) WC vs V King (USA)
M South (GBR) vs L Safarova (Cze) 3
P Parmentier (Fra) 8 vs J Coin (Fra)
L Hradecka (Cze) vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs S Cohen Aloro (Fra)
V Lepchenko (USA) vs V Azarenka (Blr) 2

Obviously, the massive ranking gap between Victoria Azarenka, the second seed, and Lucie Safarova, the third seed, makes Azarenka and Dane Caroline Wozniacki favourites for the title, probably with Azarenka edging it due to current form. However, there is plenty of potential in this draw. We recommend that you watch out for form players Anne Keothavong and Sabine Lisicki, young guns Melanie Oudin and Michelle Larcher de Brito and Alexandra Stevenson, who seems to be making a return for the first time in many years. Jelena Dokic is playing qualifying here, so if she makes it through, she will be an obvious contender. For the first round, we think that if Dokic is drawn against Wozniacki, that would be a very interesting clash indeed, but of the guaranteed matches, we would pick Melanie South's clash with third seed Lucie Safarova, which we feel could produce an upset. Please comment on your views for this tournament (nobody has for ages and we're lonely!)


  1. I am a dodo......I am a dodo......I am a dodo......I am a dodo......repeat to me as needed: I bookmarked you, or so I thought; instead of bookmarking the home page, I'd marked one whenver I clicked it, I got the same page from January, and thought, hmm, wonder why there isn't anything more?(I'm not the most computer literate creature :)
    have now got you properly marked and will be baaaaaackkkkk.... ;)

  2. Hahaha, no problem! Can I check - is your name Claire?