Brasil Tennis Cup – Latest from WTA Florianopolis
By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Puig, Jelena Ostapenko
- Defending Champion: Teliana Pereira
- CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
FLORIANOPOLIS, BRASIL – Home champion Teliana Pereira returns to defend her title, as some players use this week as a final sharpening up for Rio Olympics.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
Top Seed preview
 Jelena Jankovic
The dramatic Serbian will be on her way to Rio after this event, and this is a chance for her to try and pick up some ground ahead of the culmination of the summer hard court season Ironically her best run this season was on the new grass of Mallorca, where she made her first semi-final of the year, but that form did not translate to Wimbledon and apart from this tournament and Indian Wells, she has not had any back to back wins.
Coming in as the top seed, with qualifiers and players ranked well below her she should be expected to at least advance to the quarter-final.
The Romanian had a great clay court run this year, with quarter-finals in Charleston and Madrid and the semi-finals of Rome, backed up with the fourth round of the French Open, but her grass court season was absolutely nothing to write home about.
The start of her hard court season was curtailed with a knee injury that kept her off the tour after the first round of the Australian Open returning in Indian Wells. She made more headway in Miami, reaching the fourth round there.
She makes her debut here.
 Monica Puig
After starting the year strongly in Sydney with a spot in her second WTA tour level final in Sydney (losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova), it has been an up and down start to the summer hard courts.
Just one win in Washington, and losing to Britain’s Naomi Broady in Montreal, Puig is another Florianopolis debutante and her path looks relatively safe to at least the quarter-final.
 Jelena Ostapenko
The feisty Latvian is another newbie to this tournament, but has picked up some solid hard court runs this year alone, making the final of Doha earlier in the year and backing that up with the semi-final in Katowice.
Last year, she had to toil through the qualifiers in the run up to the US Open, but having soared up the rankings thanks to a couple of rounds in New York and then reaching her first tour final in Quebec City, she is hovering tantalisingly around a seeding for the US Open.
The Brasil Tennis Cup takes place between 31 July to 5 August.
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