World #1 - *Yoav* -- the clear numner 1 in the world has been struggling as of late with a new strategy, will he be able to pull it off, or will he struggle enough for the rest of the field to catch him?
World #2 - silverwhite -- a similar situation as *Yoav*, a very strong competitor, but has seemed vunerable lately with some parratic picks, definitely also not a lock for this event.
World #3 - jrm -- jrm was also a victim in Hasselt of some faulty picks, all of the top 3 look very beatable coming in to Filderstadt, the most important Tier II of the year.
World #5 - alwayshingis -- he has been creeping his way up the rankings to #5 with strong performances, and had a rare tournament victory last week in Hasselt, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up the momentum
World #7 - HectorMagnus -- Arguably the hottest player on tour lately, has had quite a few very solid finishes in a row, I would be very surprised if he was not in the title mix here.
The tour has blossomed in recent weeks with a very talented group of newcomers, all with the ability to win a title, these players are the reason we saw silverwhite and jrm finish a surprising 9th and 10th last week.
Zhao -- following up two strong tournament in a row, Zhao looks to really start putting the pressure on the top. And remember, Zhao is always correct
setpoint -- had an improbable tournament victory in his very first tournament on tour, and was unable to follow it up with a strong performance the next week, but he has shown he has the ability, will he be able to convert?
masha -- masha was a player who seemed like she may compete for strong finishes, but never be a dominating force on tour, but that changed with a huge final appearance last week. Watch out for her.
Rossana Fan -- with just a few tournaments under Rossana Fan's belt, the look of a competitor is already present. With some great finishes already, Rossana Fan is definitely one to watch out for, and is my upset pick for the week.
~Kirilenko#1Fan~ -- there is some mystery surrounding this player, but he came onto the scene last week and has shown the potential for a strong finish...we'll see if it will happen this week.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE, FILDERSTADT IS ALWAYS FUN!