Nine of Top Nine to Play Thursday

August 12, 2009 05:00 PM
MASON – Nine of the Top 10 players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour will be in action on Thursday at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.


World No. 1 Dinara Safina will headline the nigh session beginning at 7 p.m. when she plays China’s Shuai Peng.

During the day, beginning at noon, three of the top six players in the world will take to the court.

Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and No. 3 player in the world, will take on the hottest player on tour when she plays Flavia Pennetta. The Italian owns a 13-match winning streak, having won back-to-back tournament titles.

The next match on court will be the third in the comeback of Kim Clijsters. The former World No. 1 and the 2005 US Open champion will take reigning French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is No. 6 in the world.

The final match on Center Court features Serena Williams, winner of three of the last four Grand Slams, taking on unseeded Sybille Bammer.

The Grandstand and Court 3 will also be action packed. Former Cincinnati champion and World No. 7 Vera Zvonareva will take on Daniela Hantuchova followed by World No. 4 Elena Dementieva facing Sorana Cirstea on Grandstand.

Closing out the day on Grandstand will be a pair of Top 10 players doing battle as 2008 US Open finalist and World No. 5 Jelena Jankovic faces No. 9 Victoria Azarenka.

The No. 8 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, will play for her spot in the quarterfinals on Court 3 against Melinda Czink at 2 p.m.

The day session gets underway one hour earlier on Center Court, with a 10 a.m. doubles match as Spain’s Nuria Llagoostera Vives and Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez will take on Russians Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina.

Tickets remain for both Thursday sessions.