The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony is slated to take place on Friday night in London, with competitions being spread over two weeks, the only WTA tournament this week is the Baku Cup, which is being held for the second time in Azerbaijan’s capital city.
The top seed is Ksenia Pervak of Kazakstan, last year’s runner up, who has high hopes of going one better this year. She has had very up and down results through the first half of this year, with a host of first and second round losses intermingled with third round showings in Doha and Indian Wells; and a semi final in Bad Gastein last month.
The second seed is Russia’s Alexandra Panova, who has also suffered quite a few qualifying and first round losses in the first half of this year. February was her best month, as she reached her first final, in Bogota, where she lost to Arruabarrena-Vecino; and also cracked the top 100, being ranked at 83. In May she lost to Pauline Parmentier of France in the quarter final of the Strasbourg tournament. Panova has had better luck in doubles, as she has won three titles.
The other seeds are Mandy Minella of Luxembourg (3), Andrea Hlavachova of the Czech Republic (4), Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia (5), Nina Bratchikova of Russia (6), Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan (7) and Eva Birnerova (8), also of the Czech Republic.