Its that time again folks! And by that, I mean we actually have some seriously interesting tournies for the men and women, at least in my opinion, and most of my favourites get back into action. But really overall there’s going to be some great hard court matches all around, and we won’t have to wait for the quarters or semis to get them either.
Draw is here. Two things really popped out at me. First of all, everyone and their dog pretty well has a bye first round. Secondly, there are going to be some seriously intriguing and intense matches come the third round, most notably Ivo/Marin, Fishy/Big Berd, and even Q-Man/Dick. And damn, its good to see Elf AND Jo. Where you been all my life guys? Especially Jo, who wasn’t doing DC like Elf, feels like about a year since I’ve seen him. Jo/Dick semi and possible Dick/Elf final? Bring it on.
Draw is here. Not a horrible draw for most of my faves, though its a pretty damn tough one for Ana, who is slated to play Mono in the third round and Dina in the quarters. Sorana Banana will take on Squeel Queen Burrito in the first round and the winner will play Caro in the second round. Boo. Caro is also likely to play A-Rad in the quarters if they get that far. Luckily U-Rad is in the other half of the draw, so she can’t knock out ALL of her besties. Licky plays Dani in the first round and the winner of that will play Dina (Dina and Dani, so confusing) which is definitely something to look for, cause who knows what you’re going to get with Ms. Licky. Hell, right now either would be a good test for the Numero Uno.
As for the other half of the draw, you should direct your eye to Masha, who will very likely win her first round match and then play Vika in the second round. Oh hell yes. That better be a later match, cause I will be pissed if I miss that bitchfest throwdown. Masha is seriously throwing a wrench into the predictability of the draw and I’m loving it. Just hoping she’s not placed close to one of my faves in Toronto. Either way I’m hoping to catch her play a seed early on.
The final quarter belongs to (absurdly) second seed Bepa, and fifth seed Nads. Bepa proved she has a long way to go to get back to her top level in Istanbul, but if she can start scraping some consistency together, she has likely the easiest draw out of everyone.
Overall a great and intriguing draw, and is just building anticipation for me for Toronto really, cause there’s going to be some great early round matches here and this tourney is missing half the top 10 and a ton of other great players. Let’s get er on!