Much like the men, the women's field in Montreal is pretty much the same as the one in Cincy. It will be a chance for some of the top players to make up for a dismal week in Cincy, while others will have a chance to keep their momentum going.
Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters are coming off great tournaments and I honestly expect more of the same in Montreal, where Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva and Clijsters are the top seeds.
Here are my predictions:
Jankovic did not play well in Cincy, but I think she will play a little better in Montreal. Victoria Azarenka was beaten in the first round in Cincy, by a resurgant Ana Ivanovic (who hopefully will be back soon from her newest injury). I think Aazarenk will regain her form from Stanford and knock off Jankovic in the quarters.
Clijsters looked great in Cincy and I don't think she'll have any problem getting to the quarters in Montreal. In the bottom part of the section Vera Zvonareva and Yanina Wickmayer could be headed for a round-of-16 clash. Wicky's been playing pretty well and I think she will upset Zvonareva, but I still like Clijsters in the quarters.
I think Dementieva will finally regain her form in Montreal. The bottom part of her section is set-up nicely for her. The top part of the section has Agnieszka Radwanska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (get used to that name) and Svetlana Kuznetsova in it. I look for Radwanska to pull through and then take down Dementieva in three sets.
Francesca Schiavone has it pretty easy at the top part of this section, with a lot of qualies around her, until she would play Sharapova in the round-of-16. Sharapova has been playing great and I look for her to get through that match. On the bottom part of the section, Wozniacki could be facing Flavia Pennetta in the round-of-16, which would be a great match. I think Wozniacki will start finding her game with the U.S. open just weeks away. However, I'm taking Sharapova in the quarters, she's simply playing great tennis right now.
Azarenka vs. Clijsters
Azarenka can be up-and-down as she's already shown this summer. I think Clijsters is playing solid tennis and is simply more consistent.
Pick: Clijsters in three sets
Radwanska vs. Sharapova
Sharapova owns Radwanska. Plain and simple. The only way Sharapova losses this match is if she has a terrible day.
Pick: Sharapova in two sets
Clijsters vs. Sharapova
For the second straight week I think these two will battle it out in a final. In my mind they are the favorites heading into the U.S. Open. Both are great champions and fighters. However, I simply think this is the summer of Sharapova.
Pick: Sharapova in three sets