W&SFG Women’s Open Main Draw Released

August 8, 2009 03:00 PM
MASON – Every player in the Top 10 of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings was placed into the draw for the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open as it was made on Saturday afternoon.

With No. 15 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings, all 56 spots in the 2009 draw were filled.

The top eight seeds for the tournament will receive first round byes. World No. 1 Dinara Safina and No. 2 Serena Williams, who currently holds three of the four Grand Slam titles, were first placed on opposite halves of the draw.

The player placed in the draw was the third seed, Venus Williams, which puts her in the top half of the draw, opposite her sister. The two Americans played in the Wimbledon final one month ago.

Elena Dementieva, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, 2009 French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, former Cincinnati champion Vera Zvonareva, and rising teenager Caroline Wozniacki rounded out the top eight seeds.

Perhaps the biggest cheer from the assembled crowd was reserved for 2005 US Open champion Kim Clijsters, who drew No. 12 seed Marion Bartoli of France who comes to Cincinnati fresh off a title at Stanford. That match will be Monday night.  

Here’s a look at the complete 2009 Main Draw.