Week #14 preview: Marbella, Pontevedra Beach

Marbella (ESP), International, $220,000
On its 2nd edition, the Spanish tournament at the beggining of red clay season is probably one of the most powerful International tournaments and will feature 3 Top-20 players: WTA #7 Victoria Azarenka, US Open champion Kim Clijsters, just after getting the title last week in Miami, and WTA #13 Flavia Pennetta. Nevertheless, surprises in clay tournaments should never be discarded, and players such as Aravane Rezai, Maria Kirilenko and Gisela Dulko should be taken into account, as well as local players Maria Jose Martinez, Anabel Medina and Carla Suarez, who will be supported by the home crowd.

Pontevedra Beach (USA), International, $220,000

WTA #2 and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is the biggest attraction and big favourite for the title in the first green clay tournament in the USA. On her way to the title, Wozniacki will have to overcome solid players such as Alona Bondarenko, Patty Schnyder, Elena Vesnina and Virginie Razzano and upcoming youngsters such as Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aleksandra Wozniak and Melanie Oudin.

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