This is one of those days when it's really great to be a Sam fan. They don't come too often, but this is the second one in a couple of months, so I'm not complaining. Hopefully tomorrow will be an even better day
"I played Eugenie one time but I had to pull out injured during the match," Stosur said. "It was an injury from Indian Wells, a pulled calf muscle. So I wasn't really ready to play in Charleston, and I wasn't really paying much attention in that match, so I'm going to have to do a bit of homework tonight."
Interesting comment, in more ways than one. It puts her performance in that match into a bit of perspective. She was not only injured, but it suggests that neither she nor DT had really done any serious homework on Genie before the match. Which kind of makes me wonder why that would be.
Not the best draw, but not a nightmare either. I don't think Kanepi's been in great form; and depending on what happens tomorrow, I might not be too upset with an early loss in Moscow. Anyone know if she's entered in doubles there?
Ashleigh Barty|Jarmila Gajdosova|Casey Dellacqua
Li Na|Svetlana Kuznetsova|Vera Zvonareva|Francesca Schiavone
Stanislas Wawrinka|Ryan Harrison|Andy Murray
You guys are right, it's not a disastrous draw by any means. My main worry is that Sam won't have any real chance to practice on the courts before the tournament.
It's such a weird surface, it will take some time for her to adjust, and I would prefer that to be on a practice court against someone like Lauren Davis, rather than on a match court against a player with huge weapons like Kanepi, however rusty she is.
Not sure about doubles, but Sveta is playing and might be keen to play doubles as well as singles. I'm sure she'd understand though if Sam said she wanted to stick to singles next week. How hard can it be for her to find an alternative doubles partner in Moscow?