The WTA Premier tier moves to Paris for the first indoor tournament of the year, where top seed Maria Sharapova will look to work on reclaiming her ranking after she was knocked down two places thanks to Li Na going on to win the tournament. Although Sharapova had not played in Melbourne in 2013, she had a good run to the Brisbane semi-final that saw her grab back that World No. 3 formerly occupied by Li at the end of last year when she reached the WTA Championship final.
Now Li is definitely in the ascendency as she is within a handful of points of overtaking World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, who had been widely seen as one of a very elite few who could still get the better of World No. 1 Serena Williams from time to time.
The WTA are also in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya City for the International tier event, and last year’s finalist Sabine Lisicki will try and go one better to claim the title this year. She will be joined in the draw by two time Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova who was edged out of the Top 20 with the new rankings, and also another fan favourite Vera Zvonareva continues her long climb back up the rankings by continuing her comeback here.
Looking towards the end of the week, the first round ties of the Davis Cup gets under-way and is noteworthy for some of the stars in action. Headlining for the Swiss team will be the Australian Open champion and new Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka, who has been a Swiss team stalwart for many years now. Britain’s Andy Murray will really give his back a test switching from hard courts to clay for their away tie against the USA, but young Kyle Edmund gets his debut. This well-grounded young man deserves this chance and has had some great results on clay.
France are fielding a very experienced team, including Richard Gasquet, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils against an Australian side fielding two young players who impressed at the Australian Open – Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, as well as Lleyton Hewitt.
Managing Editor for Live-Tennis.com, Ros Satar said: “With the first Slam of the year over, it is back to business for the women’s tour and there are quality names in action on both sides of the globe, with the weekend being augmented by some very interesting Davis Cup ties. Fans will be looking forward to seeing a different edge when players represent their countries, and will look forward to a depth of streams across the ties.”
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