WTA Previews: Bouchard Heads Antwerp; Pattaya City
by Staff | February 8th, 2015, 9:15 pm
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2015 BNP PARIBAS FORTIS DIAMOND GAMES
Antwerp, Belgium; Surface: indoor hard


Seeds:
Eugenie Bouchard, Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Lucie Safarova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Dominika Cibulkova, Alize Cornet, Karolina Pliskova

Floaters: Belinda Bencic, Camila Giorgi

Notes: Two Top 10ers in the field…Challenging starts for (7) Cornet vs. the young riser Bencic and (5) Suarez Navarro vs. Giorgi…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards were granted to Belgians Alison Van Uytvanck and Yanina Wickmayer…Bouchard skipped Canada’s all-time debut in the Fed Cup World Group I over the weekend, resulting in a loss to a depleted Czech Republic team…No former champs in the field, as the tournament rejoins the WTA tour after functioning as an exhibition tournament after the retirements of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin from 2009-14. Henin won the last WTA version of the event in 2008.

PTT Pattaya Open
Pattaya City, Thailand; Surface: hard

Seeds: Peng Shuai, Elina Svitolina, Zarina Diyas, Kurumi Nara, Yaroslava Shvedova, Jarmila Gajdosova, Monica Puig, Zhang Shuai

Floaters: Daniela Hantuchova, Donna Vekic, Vera Zvonareva

Notes: Tough starts for seeds (3) Diyas vs. the veteran Hantuchova and (8) Zhang vs. the riser Vekic…Wildcards went to Thailand’s Nicha Lertpitaksinchai and Tamarine Tanasugarn, and the Russian Zvonareva…Former champs in the field are Hantuchova (2012-11), Zvonareva (2010-09), and Peer (2006).

 


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