the main draw is out and tati is really playing beijing.
(1)Maria Sharapova vs bye
Shahar Peer vs Vera Douchevina
Na Li vs Jill Craybas
Shinobu Asagoe vs (5)Tatiana Golovin
looking at the rankings, i think she's the 7th seed not 5th. looking at the other players, i think she got an ok draw. too bad she didn't get a lower ranked player in the 1st round. asagoe had a good beginning to the year but seems to have cooled off lately. and then probably li.
i will be estactic if she can win two matches. good luck tati!
i'm not crazy about her long trip from paris to beijing for this tournament but i'd rather have her play here rather than try to play a Tier 1 tournament like last year. for example, looking at the moscow entry list, she might lose to everybody on it.
well the thing is, she has scheduled to play for 3 weeks in row. Beijing, Hansol and Japan.
She should have just rested and start playing at Hansol where she's seeded #2. Possibly could be her first title *crosses finger*. Rest her body well and not wasting tournament she is allowed to play until next year's AO.
rest up Tati and good luck in whatever you do. i have a feeling Tati will play though. i hope next year when Tati turns 18 she doesn't fall into the trap of playing everyweek like Dokic did. im sorta worried that she will, i hope im wrong though.
i hope she's not overplaying too. but i think a lot of players ranked around where tati is do play a lot of tournaments just to keep their rankings in the 20s and 30s. i swear that i've seen jankovic and groenefeld in the draw every week.
as for the AER, i think i read that tati got a couple of extra tournaments as a result of her ranking.