Firstly, it is an honor
to be holding a suicide event where one of my all-time favorites is the leading star. Naturally, with Venus currently the Seoul Champion
, she is the clear favorite to win these tournaments back to back and continue her streak in Bangkok -- where I will also be holding a very very wonderful suicide event, so please, sign up now while we're ahead! No one plays Bangkok so get a cheap title!
However, the "?" mark in Venus' situation is her leg. She double faulted quite a bit in Seoul, and she's mentioned fatigue. Even on one leg I'd tip Venus to win these three events consecutively, but a few players who can put a thorn in her side in Tokyo...
I kid, I kid!
Now this is one wily little bitch here. Akiko Morigami
has given Miss Venus quite a bit to think about this year. They've met twice, and both times they've gone three-sets, with Venus winning 64 in the third in Memphis (where she eventually won), and 75 in the third at Wimbledon after Morigami served for the match (where Venus also eventually won -- pattern?
She's a very talented girl and one of my favorite Japanese players. She can cause the top players problems and would likely meet Venus in the quarterfinal at her home event--so home girl gotta get it together quick.
One of the brightest and most exciting tennis players of her time, Ai Sugiyama
has had a pretty terrible year in singles and will probably lose to the Japanese qualifier she meets in the first round, but she's defending quarterfinalist points and was last year's WTA blogger at this event. If Sugiyama does somehow reach the final, she'd likely have to face a Japanese player in the first round, quarterfinal (Nakamura
), semifinal (Morigami
), and perhaps Morita
in the final.
Don't be surprised to see more trophies in her closet soon! At the start of the year, Kirilenko was little more than a joke to most people, but has turned her year around DRASTICALLY, beating a flurry of top 20 and 30 players for neigh on two months and has a real shot at making her third in a row final. She has a tough first round against Camille Chokopin
and a tough potential quarterfinal against very talented counterpuncher Virginie Razzano
--but after that it's smooth sailing to the final where we may just have a Seoul final re-match between Queen Vee and Miss Makiri.
#2 seed Sania Mirza
can strike a clean forehand and sell a mean Sprite but the Indian sensation has been hit with injuries the past month. If she's feeling good and back to her best you can expect her in the quarterfinal--but a resurgent Flavia Pennetta
may put a bit too much spice in her curry in their match-up.
UNSEEDED n' LOOMIN'