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Tuesday preview: Stanford and Los Angeles

WTA Stanford:

Full OOP

The Stanford draw is really heating up already as Tuesday promises to be an exciting day of tennis. Most significant matches:

Marion Bartoli vs. Ashley Harkleroad
Shahar Peer vs. Daniela Hantuchova
Maria Sharapova vs. Zheng Jie
Maria Kirilenko vs. Mirjana Lucic

Of course the marquee match has to be the one between Sharapova and Zheng Jie. They met earlier on in the year in a match which Zheng Jie won in three sets but Sharapova will undoubtedly be looking for stone cold revenge. Sharapova is in much better condition than earlier on this year, and Zheng seems to be in a slump so expect Zheng to do a lot of running today.

Kirilenko is back for the first time since her career best Wimbledon finish. She has had quite a strange year as she has played so well at the slams, recording career best results at all three slams this year; reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, fourth round of the French Open and the third round of Wimbledon. However, she is yet to take this form onto the WTA tour and has recorded only one noteworthy result outside of the slams all year by reaching the quarterfinals of Rome in April. The Russian Serena Williams?

She plays against former Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lucic. While suffering physical and mental abuse from her father in the peak of her career, Lucic tumbled down the rankings and has been forced to pick herself up again in a similar manner to Jelena Dokic. She has made real progress recently, winning a number of ITF events and then qualifying for Birmingham WTA International and Wimbledon and so her mixture of powerful strokes and a newfound confidence will prove a tough test for Kirilenko.

ATP Los Angeles:


Not exactly the most exciting order of play ever, no?

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