Three WTA events this week as the Davis Cup reaches the semi-final stage.
After the excitement of a superb US Open, the WTA Tour continues this week with three lesser events in Canada, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the ATP Tour takes a well-earned break as the 2014 Davis Cup reaches the semi-final stage.
Keep reading for our preview of all this week’s tennis action.
Coupe Banque Nationale
With most of the top players taking the week off after the US Open, the top ranked player in Quebec City for this week’s Coupe Banque Nationale is Venus Williams, currently number 20 in the world.
It may not have in the best slot in the calendar but this is one of the most prestigious events in Quebec and has been the WTA International Tournament of the Year a record eight times since it began in 1993.
Madison Keys is likely to be Williams’ biggest challenger and is the only other top 50 player to enter the event.
Hong Kong Tennis Open
WTA tennis returns to Hong Kong this week for the first time since 1993 with the inaugural Hong Kong Tennis Open.
Michael Cheng, Chairman of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open Steering Committee, says: “The hosting of a new WTA tournament and the return of elite professional tennis will have a positive impact at all levels of the sport and in the community. It will serve as an inspiration to young players looking to represent Hong Kong at the elite level.”
World number seven Eugenie Bouchard is the big name in the draw and the favourite. Zhang Shuai, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Daniele Hantuchova are the highest ranked challengers on the hard courts.
Davis Cup semi-finals
There’s no ATP Tour event this week and so the focus turns to the penultimate stage of the international team event.
The 2014 Davis Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend as reigning champions the Czech Republic take on France while there’s a battle between two unseeded nations as Italy play Switzerland.
The Czech Republic team are looking to win their third consecutive Davis Cup title but face a tricky tie against a strong France team at Roland Garros. France came from 2-0 down in the quarter finals to beat Germany and can boast the in-form Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils as well as the talented Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau.
The Czech Republic have Tomas Berdych back after their 5-0 whitewash of Japan in the previous round and he will team up alongside Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek and Jiri Vesely
This will be the 15th time that the two teams have met, with the head-to-head record locked at seven wins apiece. On current form, we fancy France to reach their first final since 2010.
With home advantage Switzerland can reach their first Davis Cup final since 1992 with victory over Italy. The Swiss came from behind in the last round with the rejuvenated Roger Federer winning the deciding match against Kazakhstan and he will team up with Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in Geneva.
Italy overcame Great Britain in the quarter finals and have dangerous players in Andrea Seppi and Fabio Fognini. In front of a partisan crowd, we expect Switzerland to carry on their good run and reach the final.
It may be one of Asia’s oldest cities and a stop on the WTA Tour since 1999 but the Uzbekistan capital hasn’t been able to attract the strongest field for the Tashkent Open.
At number 36 in the world Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski is the highest ranked player in the tournament and just six more of the world’s top 100 have made the journey to central Asia. Jovanovski is defending the title she won in 2013 and is the woman to beat while second seed Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania won the tournament in 2012.
2009 winner Shaheer Peer is also in the draw as is Urszula Radwanska, younger sister of top ten star Agnieska.
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