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. THURSDAY ORDER OF PLAY
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
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.