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Strong field confirmed for Kloten

Martina Hingis will be trying to defend her Kloten title

(Keystone Archive)

The organisers of Switzerland's top women's tennis tournament, the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich-Kloten, have announced a strong provisional lineup for the October event.

Current world number one and defending Kloten champion Martina Hingis is once again due to play at her home contest, along with five other players from the world's top ten.

Among them will be American world number two Jennifer Capriati, who could yet overtake Hingis at the top of the WTA rankings before the tournament's October 14 start.

France's Amélie Mauresmo (WTA 6), American US Open finalist Serena Williams (WTA 7), Wimbledon finalist Justine Henin (WTA 8) of Belgium and Nathalie Tauziat (WTA 10) of France are the other top ten players entered for Kloten.

Other attractive names scheduled to play at the $1.185 million dollar tournament include America's Meghann Shaughnessy (WTA 11), who has been described as one of the sport's biggest improvers after climbing almost 30 places in the world rankings this season.

Russia's Anna Kournikova (WTA 20) is also expected to compete in the Kloten doubles competition as part of her comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Hingis is currently the only Swiss player whose place at Kloten is assured, although the country's number two Patty Schnyder (WTA 40) will probably receive a wild card entry.

swissinfo with agencies

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