Women's tennis tournament kicks off in Mason

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open kicks off Monday with a full slate of activities on the schedule.

Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, will battle No. 9 seed Victoria Azarenka, the co-leader of the 2010 Olympus US Open Series on Monday night.

That match will follow the special opening ceremony for the tournament. Mia Carruthers of MTV's hit show "Taking the Stage" will be the feature performer. The Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center will also perform in the half-hour show.

American Vania King, a Grand Slam champion after winning the Wimbledon doubles title this summer, opens play for the 2010 tournament when she plays Nuria Llagostera Vives, who last year played in the doubles final in Cincinnati.

Dinara Safina, a three-time finalist at Grand Slam tournaments, will be in action Monday when she battles Italian Roberta Vinci.

Rounding out the day session on Stadium Court will be 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli as she takes on Anabel Medina Garrigues.

A couple of former quarterfinalists in Cincinnati headline the action on the outer courts on Monday. Sabine Lisicki, a 2008 quarterfinalist, will open the action on Grandstand Court against Monica Niculescu. Later on that same court, 2007 quarterfinalist Olga Govortsova will take on No. 13 seed Shahar Peer.

Tickets remain available for both sessions on Monday as well as all other sessions during both the women's and men's tournaments.

This will also be the fans' first look at the multi-million dollar renovation to the Lindner Tennis Center.

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