11 June, 2011

The Sunday Line (WTA) - 12 June 2011

Making the call on this week's WTA singles finals: 

e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open - Copenhagen, Denmark

       Caroline Wozniacki                                             Lucie Safarova

Why is there a hardcourt tournament scheduled in Denmark between Roland Garros and Wimbledon?  More importantly, why is that tournament the only tune up that WTA No. 1 and No.1 press punching bag Caroline Wozniacki is entering prior to Wimbledon?  Well, the event is in her home country and I'm sure there's an appearance fee that makes playing more than worth her time, but if winning a major is as much her priority as it is the press corps', then Caroline's got an odd sense of logic.  

This is the kind of tournament Wozniacki usually owns, but Czech Lucie Safarova earned the win in their only meeting to date.  With the home crowd at her back and her opponent having already used her rabbit's foot to get out of a 6-1, 4-0 hole yesterday vs. Petra Martic, expect the Woz to collect her fifth (non-major) title of 2011

Winner: Caroline Wozniacki

AEGON Classic - Birmingham, UK

    Daniela Hantuchova                           Sabine Lisicki

No offense to Caroline Wozniacki, but this is the photographer's special.  Sometime SI Swimsuit modeling Slovak Daniela Hantuchova takes on German Sabine Lisicki for the Birmingham title in the week's only grass court event for the women.  

Lisicki is still only 21, which is surprising since her best results are two years in the rear view mirror.  In fact, her best performance at a major to date was the quarters of Wimbledon back in 2009.  Hantuchova peaked at World No. 5 back in 2003, but never made the long expected breakthrough.   Both players are in good form at the moment, with Hantuchova advancing to the 4th round of Roland Garros and knocking off Ivanovic to reach this final.  Lisicki clawed her way back into the Top 100 in recent weeks and (wo)manhandled Shuai Peng for her finals berth.  It's a bit of a pick 'em, but I'm going to say hunger trumps experience here.

Winner: Sabine Lisicki

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