Strong Fields in St. Petersburg and Tokyo

US Open champion, Stan Wawrinka returns to action this week when he competes at the St. Petersburg Open.

Wawrinka leads a strong field to the Russian city, which also welcomes top-tenners, Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych.

We won’t be seeing the bigger boys until much later in the week, but Monday’s action includes an intriguing affair between fast-rising teen, Alexander Zverev and young Russian, Karen Kachanov.

Zverev may be one year younger than today’s opponent, but the German is far more accomplished on the tour. His booming serve and groundstrokes should be too good for Kachanov.

I expect Lukas Rosol to blast his way past Diego Schwartzman, while Frenchman, Adrian Manarinno should have too much guile for Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.

Over in Metz, big-serving Gilles Muller should be too strong for fellow left-hander, Horacio Zeballos, while Julien Benneteau takes on Martin Klizan in the other match on Monday.

The WTA Asian swing hits full gear this week, with action in Guangzhou, Tokyo and Seoul.

The Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo typically boasts a loaded field, with Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova all present in the Japanese capital.


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