COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: clay
Seeds: Alize Cornet, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Camila Giorgi, Yaroslava Shvedova, Anna Schmiedlova, Annika Beck, Maria Teresa Torro-Flor, Polona Hercog
Floaters: Kaia Kanepi, Julia Goerges, Grace Min
Notes: Tough starts for (7) Torro-Flor vs. Goerges, and (2) Pavlyuchenkova vs. Min who is coming off a WTA semifinal…No Top 20 players in the field…Wildcards went to Cornet and Swedes Sofia Arvidsson and Rebecca Peterson…Notables withdrawing from the event were Americans Serena Williams and Vania King, Flavia Pennetta, and Carla Suarez Navarro…Serena beat Swede Johanna Larsson in last year’s final…Hercog (2012-11) is the lone former champ in the field.
TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP
Istanbul, Turkey; Surface: hard
Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Roberta Vinci, Klara Koukalova, Elina Svitolina, Magdalena Rybarikova, Kurumi Nara, Bojana Jovanovski, Karolina Pliskova
Floaters: Belinda Bencic, Donna Vekic, Francesca Schiavone
Notes: 7th edition of the tournament, but first since 2010…Woz the lone Top 20 player…Tantalizing early meetings for some seeds against some of the top up-and-coming talent on tour, with (1) Woz vs. the Swiss Bencic, and (3) Koukalova vs. the Croat Vekic…Wildcards were awarded to Woz and Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu…Pulling from the event were Andrea Petkovic, Urszula Radwanska, Ajla Tomljanovic and Yanina Wickmayer…Shahar Peer (2006) is the lone former champ in the field.
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