Former World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva of Russia is among the star attractions in the WTA L&T Mumbai Open Tennis to be held at the Cricket Club of India’s courts from November 18-26. Zvonareva, 33, bronze medal winner at 2008 Beijing Games and singles runner-up at Wimbledon and US Open in 2010 — the best year of her career — was racked by injuries in 2012 to slip down the rankings and then missed the entire 2013 season due to a shoulder surgery. “She is on a comeback trail this year after giving birth to a child,” said Sunder Iyer, secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.
Former World No. 2 Zvonareva
Among other top players who will be seen in the main draw of 32 are Aryna Sabalenka, 19, of Belarus, the World No. 78 who will head the seedings, and former World No. 12 Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium who is currently ranked 112th, it was announced at a media conference yesterday. Also in the fray would be World No. 105 Zhu Lin of China, No. 117 Arina Rodionova of Russia, No. 120 Naomi Brady of Britain, No.132 Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, No.136 Jasmine Paolini of Italy and Lizette Faith Cabrera of Australia who is ranked 137th in the world.