Dinara Safina of Russia, Ai Sugiyama of Japan, Ayumi Morita of Japan and Venus Williams of the USA pose during a press conference for the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis 2009 at Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba on September 25, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The main draw of the tournament is to be held at Ariake Colosseum from September 27 to October 3.
The draw is bottom heavy once again. Why on earth is Dinara Safina being protected with cotton candy draws she can barely even get through? Or maybe, just maybe, I'm focused on the wrong player in the world No. 1. After all, it was Caroline Wozniacki who got through the Tier III top half of the draw at the US Open. And there she is again at a WTA premiere event in the Tier III top half of the draw.
Singles - First Round
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (9) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 61 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (10) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 64 76(1)
(15) Li Na (CHN) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 64 60
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 63 62
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 64 60
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (WC) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 64
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 63 60
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 62 62
(Q) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
(Q) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 75 64
(Q) Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 63 63