Either Julia Goerges
of Germany or Dominika Cibulkova
of Slovakia will reach the fourth round of Wimbledon today when they square off on Court 3.
And both players are headed to North Texas this summer.
Goerges, who is ranked No. 16 in the world, became the latest and highest-ranked player to enter the field for the first Texas Tennis Open, scheduled Aug. 20-27 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine.
Goerges has reached the third round in all three majors this year, and she won her first career WTA Tour title in April in Stuttgart by defeating No. 10-ranked Samantha Stosur in the semifinals and No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the final.
Cibulkova is ranked No. 24 and reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2009 and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open last year.
Already into the fourth round at Wimbledon and heading to Texas is No. 19-ranked Yanina Wickmayer
of Belgium. Hoping to follow the same path are No. 62-ranked Sabine Lisicki
of Germany, who upset French Open champion Li Na in the second round Thursday and won the tournament this month in Birmingham, England, and No. 28 Jarmila Gajdosova
of Australia, who will meet Wozniacki in the third round today.
Those five players would make for a talented field for the Texas Tennis Open, but tournament director Chris Giordano isn't finished.
"We're still in talks with two top-10 players, but I can't say which ones right now," Giordano said. "I pretty much believe we're going to get at least one of them."
Leading the American contingent to Texas are No. 31 Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and No. 87 Melanie Oudin
, who turned in a surprising run to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2009 as a 17-year-old.
Other Texas-bound players are No. 20 Shuai Peng
of China, No. 40 Gisela Dulko
of Argentina and No. 86 Sorana Cirstea
Giordano said work is well under way at the site in preparation for the event, which will be a final tune-up for the U.S. Open, Aug. 29-Sept. 9.
The entrance has been built and a temporary stadium court will be constructed on the south side of the hotel.
Most matches will be played during the evening hours to avoid the August heat. The tournament will be televised on The Tennis Channel.
Other events, including a 10,000 Kids in 10 Days program that will be held at various sites throughout North Texas, are also planned.
Tickets and ticket packages are available by calling 817-313-3428 or through Ticketmaster. For prices and special sponsorships, go to texastennisopen.com.
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