Jelena Jankovic headlines the field at the Mercury Insurance Open. With a wealth of success in summer hardcourt seasons past, Jankovic has to be a strong favorite for the title, although recent injury woes – a back injury at Wimbledon, an ankle injury two weeks ago in Portoroz – may mean she will need a few matches to find her best form. After a first round bye, the No.1 seed will begin against Aravane Rezai or Alisa Kleybanova, both of whom have beaten her before.
Samantha Stosur is the No.2 seed and also got a first round bye, beginning her week against Victoria Azarenka or Melanie Oudin. Stosur continued to rise up the rankings in the spring, her year so far highlighted by making her first major final at the French. She may have a tough time with Azarenka – the Belarusian has never lost a set to her in four meetings, the most recent coming just this weekend in the semifinals of Stanford.
Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva, playing for the first time since that magical run to her first Grand Slam final, and Top 10 stalwart Agnieszka Radwanska are the No.3 and No.4 seeds, respectively.
Ana Ivanovic has been drawn against Shahar Peer in the first round.
The Israeli holds a 3-0 head-to-head advantage over Ana. They met for the last time during the Wimbledon Championships a month ago, with Peer winning 6-3 6-4 in the first round.