Weekly recap: Muster's comeback, Wozniacki favored in Doha

Patrick Mouratoglou is a world-renowned tennis coach who has worked with Marcos Baghdatis and Aravane Rezai. His French tennis academy is considered one of the top in the world. He is a frequent contibuter to Busted Racquet.


-- Thomas Muster, 43, was given a wild card for the Vienna event and faced Ernests Gulbis in the first round. Unlike Kimiko Date Krumm, his comeback didn't go as well, as he lost in straight sets.

-- Viktor Troicki claimed the Moscow title by overcoming Marcos Baghdatis. On the heels of Novak Djokovic's great play, his fellow Serbian Troicki is also playing the best tennis of his career. It's a good sign for Troicki, especially with the French players not showing their best form lately.

-- Three tournaments are scheduled this week: Vienna, St Petersburg and Montpellier.

-- Lleyton Hewitt has become a father for the third time. His wife has just given birth to a little girl.


-- Victoria Ararenka qualified for Doha after her successful week in Moscow. She won the title against Maria Kirilenko.

-- Groups for the Masters Cup have been picked. The maroon group consists of: Caroline Wozniacki (DAN), Francesca Schiavone (ITA), Samantha Stosur (AUS) and Elena Dementieva (RUS). The white group is: Vera Zvonareva (RUS), Kim Clijsters (BEL), Jelena Jankovic (SRB) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR). Play continued Wednesday after beginning on Tuesday. Clijsters looked most impressive, while Jankovic struggled.

-- In the maroon group, Caroline Wozniacki should logically take the lead over Elena Dementieva, whom she regularly beats, but also over Samantha Stosur, who has lacked good results in some time. Wozniacki should also overcome Francesca Schiavone because the French Open winner has less weapons against Wozniacki on the hard-court surface compared to the clay. But Schiavone is getting better and better and she's now totally picturing herself as able to win against the top player. Having qualified for the first time in this event, she may take advantage of being relaxed, with nothing to lose at all.

-- In the white group, the battle is going to be tough. I see Kim Clijsters winning against Victoria Azarenka because her game is more complete and, as she hasn't played since her victory at the U.S. Open, she'll be mentally rested and hungry. Vera Zvonareva seems to be the main contender for Caroline Wozniacki next year. She has improved so much. During this end of season, she's displaying her best tennis ever.

-- A word also about the Masters in Bali, which concerns players not qualified for the Doha one and who won at least one $220,000 event this year. The contenders should be (in order of seeding) Na Li, Aravane Rezaï (defending champion), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Yanina Wickmayer, Ana Ivanovic, Alisa Kleybanova, Daniela Hantuchova a wild card to be announced later. The level this year will be much higher than in year's past. With the surface being really fast, big serves and flat shots should be the best weapons to get to the title.

-- In Luxembourg, Roberta Vinci went all the way, beating German Julia Goerges in the final.

-- Alizé Cornet isn't working anymore with Antonio Van Grichen. The trial period had last 15 days. Laurent Orsini, who was previously taking care of Claire de Gubernatis, will now train her.

-- Jelena Dokic is now working with Glen Shapp, previous coach of Dinara Safina and Nadia Petrova.

-- WTA has a brand new logo. The website has been slightly changed in the colors department.

-- Maria Sharapova is now engaged to the Slovenian basketball player of the Los Angeles Lakers Sasha Vujacic.


-- Grigor Dimitrov missed the last step in Orleans Challenger, losing the title battle against Nicolas Mahut (2-6 , 7-6, 7-6). On his way to the final, he clinched a win over Michaël Lodra. He's now ranked 114 in the world. Ranking of the ATP new comers of the Top 250: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), born in 1991 is No. 114; Ryan Harrison (USA) born in 1992 is No. 175; Andreï Kuznetsov (RUS), born in 1991 is No. 198; Filip Krajinovic (SRB), born in 1992 is No. 217 and Bernard Tomic (AUS), born in 1992 is No. 219. It's worth noticing that four out of the five young men named here are from Eastern Europe.