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In one of two tournaments before the US Open on the WTA Tour, 2011 semi finalist Angelique Kerber is scheduled to headline the second Texas Tennis Open as top seed. It kicked off Kerber’s amazing rise which has culminated in her making the top 10 recently. Neither of last year’s finalists Sabine Lisicki or Aravane Rezai will appear here, Lisicki due to injury and Rezai due to ranking. Former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic and Roberta Vinci are amongst the other big names set to appear here.

Favourite – Having just made the final in Cincinnati Angelique Kerber should be a certainty to take this tournament, fitness permitting. With now over 50 wins on the tour this year, resting up for a week would be most advisable before next week’s US Open. Kerber very rarely drops matches to lesser opponents and it is this consistency that has saw her move up the rankings so quick in the past year. Since this tournament last year, Kerber has made the semi finals of six hard court tournaments with the most notable being her US Open run where she was finally defeated by eventually winner Samantha Stosur.

Outsider – Yaroslava Shvedova has begun to show the form that saw her make the top twenty a few years back and looked set for a meeting with Serena Williams in Cincinnati last week before health issues put paid to that, forcing her to retire against Urszula Radwanska. If fit, she can definitely go far here and begins with a winnable match against an out of form and low on confidence Jelena Jankovic. With fourth round appearances at her last two slams, it would not be a surprise  to see her follow this tournament with another run in New York.

One To Watch – Qualifier Eugenie Bouchard earned an impressive win over Melinda Czink to make the main draw here. The young Canadian has continued to impress since taking the Girls Singles and Doubles at Wimbledon this year. She has victories over Karin Knapp, Olga Govortsova and most recently Shahar Pe’er in main draw matches this year and pushed Na Li very close in a tight two set defeat where her potential was there for all to see. She also took the Challenger title in Granby last month defeating Stephanie Dubois in the final.

Finals Prediction – Angelique Kerber defeats 

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