The Week Ahead: Kickin’ It Asia Style
WTA – Seoul (International)
For a lot of people, Asia is a bit of a graveyard in the tennis season. The slams are over, it’s full of workmen (or workwomen!) type players grinding it out, while bottom top 10 somethings try and squeeze their way into the YEC.
For others, it’s full of low pressure tennis and a chance at redemption for those who have been injured. This tournament alone swings up two great examples: Dinara, who missed a ton of this year with her back, and Ana, who has zero post-USO points to defend from last year because of injury.
It also presents a great chance for younger players to strut their stuff, and put in the hard work. I’m looking at you, Pavs, Halep, and Polona.
Unfortunately for us in the Eastern time zone, play starts at 11pm and runs through the wee hours of the night. No fun. I’m hoping to record some streams (fingers cross) and watch a match, or at least bits and pieces to see who’s up to what, and write some posts on it. Gotta stay in the loop!
ATP – Bucharest (250)
ATP – Metz (250)
Frenchies! Nice to see that Richie’s rank is now high enough that he gets a respectable ranking in smaller tournaments.