French Open finalist Sara Errani heads the field at this week's WTA International tournament in Palermo.
After all the hustle and bustle of Wimbledon, WTA stars have the choice of either heading to the States and beginning their North American hard courts campaigns or staying in Europe and trying to rack of the points in some of the small clay court events. This year the decision making is complicated by the fact that the London Olympics get underway in just three weeks time on the grass of SW19.
Errani would probably happily wave goodbye to grass for another twelve months. After the euphoria of her French Open run, she suffered the humiliation of conceding a 'Golden Set' to Yaroslava Shvedova in the third round of Wimbledon, losing all 24 points. She'll be far happier in Northern Sicily this week and if she continues the clay-court form she's been showing so far this year, there's no one in this field capable of stopping her.
Errani will have to watch out for Spanish veteran Anabel Medina Garrigues who's the defending champion and has won this event an unbelievable five times. If the seedings go to plan, the duo will clash in the semi-finals.
Errani is also in the same half as last year's finalist :Polona Hercog. The young Slovenian is always dangerous on clay but she'll probably have to get past Medina Garrigues to face Errani.
In the bottom half of the draw, the main contenders are likely to be second seed Roberta Vinci and hard hitting German third seed Julia Goerges. Vinci is enjoying a solid season but she's struggled on the clay in the past few months while Goerges is capable of playing at a much higher level having won WTA Premier titles on the dirt in the past.