With all the excitement over Shakira and Rafa this week, I’ve barely thought about the actual tennis! But we have some interesting tennis action coming up this weekend on four different continents, from Shahar Peer vs. Venus Williams in Dubai to Roddick vs. Querrey in Memphis, Maria Sharapova back in a semi and a bunch of charismatic Frenchman fighting it out in Marseille. Both tours are also slugging and sliding on the South American clay.
Here are Friday’s matchups, ordered top to bottom by their spot in the draw so you can project through to the finals. What are you going to be watching?
Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships (WTA)
Shahar Peer vs. Venus Williams – This semifinal match is scheduled for Court 2 for “security reasons”. Dubai needs to step it up and secure the main stadium already. But maybe it’s good luck for Peer – what a story it will be if she makes it to the final!
Victoria Azarenka vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
XVIII Copa BBVA Bogota (WTA)
Gisela Dulko vs. Sandra Zahlavova
Pauline Parmentier vs. Angelique Kerber
Klara Zakopalova vs. Mariana Duque Marino
Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. Sara Errani
Memphis Regions Morgan Keegan Championships – ATP/Cellular South Cup – WTA
Maria’s building up her confidence in Memphis. The men’s quarters should set a new ace record.
Andy Roddick vs. Sam Querrey
Ernests Gulbis vs. Tomas Berdych
John Isner vs. Ivo Karlovic
Philipp Petzschner vs. Lukas Lacko
Maria Sharapova vs. Petra Kvitova
Anne Keothavong vs. Sofia Arvidsson
Open 13 Marseille (ATP)
We could have a great semi in Tsgona vs. Monfils and a possible rematch of last year’s Tsonga vs. Llodra final.
Michael Llodra vs. Robin Soderling
Mischa Zverev vs. Guillaume Rufin
Julien Benneteau vs. Gael Monfils
Illya Marchenko vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Copa Telmex Buenos Aires (ATP)
David Nalbandian’s comeback (he played his last tournament last May at Estoril) was stalled yet again with injury. He’s pulled out of his scheduled quarterfinal vs. Albert Montanes with a small tear in his right leg abductor and will reportedly miss a few weeks, including Davis Cup.
Igor Andreev vs. David Ferrer
The winner will face Albert Montanes in the semis
Horacio Zeballos vs. Juan Monaco
Juan Carlos Ferrero (who won last week at the Brasil Open) vs. Santiago Ventura