The WTA Tour resumes after the Fed Cup with tournaments in two different but very beautiful cities of Paris in France and Pattaya in Thailand.
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In Paris there are three Top 10 players that grace the draw; World No.3 Maria Sharapova, World No.7 Marion Bartoli and World No.9 Li Na. Jelena Jankovic is another seed with Lucie Safarova also in the draw with the latter reaching the final twice previously in 2007 and 2010 – she is the only women in this year’s draw who has reached the final. Sabine Lisicki was also due to play but has had to pull out due to a viral illness.
The city of Pattaya welcomes other top players including Vera Zvonareva, twice a champion and leading this year’s field. Sorana Cristea has already played her first round match here dispatching her opponent, Erika Sema 6-2, 6-2 in 74 minutes. Cibulkova has also played her first match but lost to Britain’s Anne Keothavong 4-6, 1-6. Keothavong managed to adjust to the conditions better after having played in the Fed Cup in Israel last week which saw Great Britain win all their ties and will now go to the play offs for World Group II. The news was not so good for Heather Watson who lost to Vania King 4-6, 2-6.