Radwanska, 4 Slam Champs, 6 of Top 10 at Eastbourne: ATP/WTA Previews
by Staff | June 15th, 2013, 6:34 pm
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AEGON INTERNATIONAL
Eastbourne, Great Britain; Surface: grass

Men’s Seeds: Milos Raonic, Gilles Simon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Juan Monaco, Kevin Anderson, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini


Men’s Floaters: Jarko Nieminen, Felicoano “F-Lo” Lopez, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Bernard “The Tank Engine” Tomic

Men’s Notes: Sketchy field quality as the big dogs rest-up for Wimbledon next week…Raonic, who took a wildcard, and Monaco make their debuts at the event…Other wildcards went to Brits Kyle Edmund and James Ward…Tough openers for (4) Monaco after a bye facing the winner of Nieminen and F-Lo, (6) Dolgopolov vs. Hot Sauce, and (3) Kohlschreiber after a bye likely facing The Worm…No Top 10 players in the field…Thomaz Bellucci pulled from the event…The now-retired Andy Roddick won the event last year…Seppi, the runner-up last year and champion in 2011, is the only returning champ in the field.

Women’s Seeds: Aggie Radwanska, Li Na, Angie Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko, Ana Ivanovic, Nadia Petrova

Women’s Floaters: Sam Stosur, Tamira Paszek, Elena Vesnina, Marion Bartoli, Alize Cornet

Women’s Notes: Sterling field featuring six of the Top 10…Wildcards went to Stosur, Na, and Brits Johanna Konta and Elena Baltacha…Four former Slam champs in the field…Tough starts for (8) Petrova vs. (WC) Stosur, (5) Wozniacki vs. the defending champ Paszek, (7) Ivanovic vs. the crafty Russian Vesnina, and (2) Na vs. Cornet, then either Bartoli or Flavia Pennetta…No. 55-ranked American Christina McHale was the last direct acceptance in the quality field…Pulling from the event were Sara Errani, Yaroslava Shvedova and Sloane Stephens…Former champs in the field are Paszek (2012), Bartoli (2011), Eraterina Makarova (2010), Wozniacki (2009), and Radwanska (2008).

TOPSHELF OPEN
Rosmalen, The Netherlands; Surface: grass

Men’s Seeds: David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, Benoit Paire, Jeremy Chardy, Marcos Baghdatis, Victor Hanescu, Daniel Gimeno-Traver

Men’s Floaters: Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Michael Llodra, Igor Sijsling

Men’s Notes: Isner makes his debut at the event, and Wawrinka and Hanescu are winless at the event in previous appearances…Opening-round testers for defending champ (1) Ferrer vs. the former Wimbledon semifinalist X-Man, (4) Paire vs. the rush-and-crush Llodra, and (2) Wawrinka vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling in front of the home fans…Wildcards went to Romanian Marius Copil, and Dutchmen Jesse Huta Galung and Thiemo de Bakker…Two Top 10 players in the field…Pulling from the event were Alejandro Falla, Marcel Granollers, J�rgen “Tuna” Melzer and Dmitry Tursunov…Former champs in the field are Ferrer (2012,’08) and Llodra (2004).

Women’s Seeds: Roberta Vinci, Dominika Cibulkova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Kirsten Flipkens, Mona Barthel, Romina Oprandi, Urszula Radwanska, Kristina Mladenovic

Women’s Floaters: Kaia Kanepi, Daniela Hantuchova, Tsvetana Pironkova, Francesca Schiavone, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Women’s Notes: No Top 10 players in the field…Tough starts for (1) Vinci vs. Kanepi, (6) Oprandi vs. (WC) Hantuchova, (8) Mladenovic vs. the former Wimbledon semifinalist Pironkova, (4) Flipkens vs. Schiavone, and (2) Cibulkova vs. two Spanish players familiar with the net, starting with Dominguez Lino, then Medina Garrigues…Joining Hantuchova as wildcards are Dutchwomen Arantxa Rus and Michaella Krajicek…Former champions in the field are Vinci (2011) and Krajicek (2006).

 


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One Comment for Radwanska, 4 Slam Champs, 6 of Top 10 at Eastbourne: ATP/WTA Previews

Kimberly Says:

I always figure in grass season it is best to play a bit before. Don’t want to go onto such a different surface cold. So why not?

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