Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews
by Staff | June 16th, 2014, 12:17 am

Eastbourne, Great Britain; Surface: grass

Men’s Seeds: Richard Gasquet, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Feliciano Lopez, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Simon, Santiago Giraldo, Federico Delbonis

Men’s Floaters: Martin Klizan, Jarkko Nieminen

Men’s Notes: Not a lot of non-seeded talent, but (8) Delbonis starts against the comer Klizan, and (7) Giraldo against the veteran Nieminen…Wildcards went to Brits James Ward, Daniel Evans and Kyle Edmund…Returning former champs in the field are Lopez (2013), Karlovic (2008-07), and Gasquet (2006-05).

Women’s Seeds: Aggie Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Angie Kerber, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Caroline Wozniacki

Women’s Floaters: Alison Riske, Camila Giorgi, Sam Stosur, Lucie Safarova

Women’s Notes: Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).

‘s-Hertogenboesch, Netherlands; Surface: grass

Men’s Seeds: David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers, Dmitry Tursunov, Vasek Pospisil, Nicolas Mahut, Jurgen Melzer

Men’s Floaters: (Q) Joao Sousa, Alejandro Falla

Men’s Notes: Tough starts for (1) Ferrer against the hot-handed Sousa, and (8) Melzer vs. Falla…Wildcards went to Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, Kimmer Koppejans, and Jesse Huta Galung…Former champs in the field are Mahut (2013), Ferrer (2012,’08), Tursunov (2011), and Becker (2009).

Women’s Seeds: Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova, Genie Bouchard, Carla Suarez Navarro, Andrea Petkovic, Kirsten Flipkens, Garbine Murguruza, Klara Koukalova

Women’s Floaters: none

Women’s Notes: Wildcards went to Dutchwomen Lesley Kerkhove and Michaella Krajicek, and Belgian An-Sophie Mestach…Qualifying to the main draw were Mona Barthel, Julia Glushko, Olga Govortsova and Coco Vandeweghe…Returning champs in the field are Halep (2013) and Krajicek (2006).

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9 Comments for Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews

RZ Says:

Interesting that a lot of the top women who lost relatively early at the French waited to play this tournament rather than last week.

Margot Says:

Radwanska and Stosur didn’t last long. Am wondering if Aggie is still carrying an injury?
And Tomic beat someone I’ve actually heard of, lol.
All Brits out…….so what’s new? Sigh.

Colin Says:

Good win for Heather Watson over Pironkova, though for a while it looked like she was going to blow a winning lead again.

Azarenka went the way of Stosur and Radwanska, losing in 3 to the controversial Camila Giorgi.

Mind you, I doubt that any of these results tell us much about Wimbledon prospects. As always, it’s on Serena’s racquet – or rather, it’s in her head.

Margot Says:

Yes, I stand corrected. I meant the British men. I really like Heather and it’s good to see her back playing well and having fun after that ME. Thought she was gr8 in the “Rally For Bally.”
I see some of the young Brits have negotiated the first round of qualifying for Wimbles. Hope Olly makes it, at least, but not holding my breath.

Colin Says:

Wow! Heather has taken out No 6 seed Flavia Pennetta, who was in the top 10 in 2009. Heather is getting better at closing matches.

Margot Says:

Wow! You Americans, give a huge cheer, a future star is born at Eastbourne – Madison Keys.
What a player!

Margot Says:

and Martina presents the trophy. How splendid!

calmdownplease Says:

Margot, Andy is on CNN’s `Open Court` this month.
You see his new hotel and the little town in Scotland where he originates. As well as the Cromlix Hotel
Here’s his section of the programme;

Oh yes and tears are shed.

calmdownplease Says:

oh and apologies for gate crashing the thread.

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