Play begins Monday at the newly named Open GDF SUEZ in Paris. The qualifiers have not been placed into the draw yet--at least not the versions of the draw available for our viewing--but, given what we have, there are a few interesting first round matches:
Kaia Kanepi vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues: Kanepi is coming off of a big Fed Cup win against Victoria Azarenka, and should be in fine form. She and Medina Garrigues are both known for not giving up until the last bounce of the final ball, so this could be a very good one--and it could be a long one.
Alona Bondarenko vs. Patty Schnyder: Schnyder is also coming off of two very good Fed Cup wins, against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Sabine Lisicki, and appears to be in good form.
Amelie Mauresmo vs. Sara Errani: Errani beat Mauresmo in Fed Cup play this weekend.
Ekaterina Makarova vs. Daniela Hantuchova: Makarova is likely to give Hantuchova all she can handle.
Francesca Schiavone vs. Jelena Jankovic: You could consider that Schiavone may be worn out after her Fed Cup efforts--or you could consider that she may be very pumped up.