ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart
by Staff | April 19th, 2015, 6:35 pm
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PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany; Surface: clay


Seeds: Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Ekaterina Makarova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Carla Suarez Navarro

Floaters: Angie Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andrea Petkovic, Lucie Safarova, Sara Errani, Garbine Muguruza

Notes: All eight seeds are Top 10 ranked…The top four seeds all receive byes but tough possible early openers include (1) Sharapova vs. Angie Kerber, (3) Kvitova vs. Kuznetsova, (8) Suarez Navarro vs. Petkovic, (4) Wozniacki vs. Safarova, (7) Radwanska vs. Errani, and (2) Halep vs. Muguruza…Main draw wildcards went to Germans Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges and Carina Witthoft…Pulling from the draw were Eugenie Bouchard after an 0-2 effort in Fed Cup, former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic and Peng Shuai…Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza are the top seeds in singles…Returning former champs in the field are the three-time-running winner Sharapova (2014-12), Goerges (2011), and Kuznetsova (2009).

BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL
Barcelona, Spain; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Jerzy Janowicz, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ernests Gulbis, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Dmitry Tursunov, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Dominic Thiem, Juan Monaco, Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro

Notes: Top seed Rafael Nadal is shooting for a ninth career Barcelona title after losing in the quarterfinals last year to Nicolas Almagro…Potential tough openers for seeds (1) Nadal vs. Almagro, (4) Cilic vs. Thiem, (14) Klizan vs. Monaco, and (13) Fognini vs. Verdasco…Wildcards went to Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Al Montanes and Swede Elias Ymer…David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals…Seeds Fabio Fognini, Jerzy Janiwicz and Alexandr Dolgopolov are a combined 0-10 in Barcelona…Kei Nishikoi beat Santiago Giraldo in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the final are Nishikori (2014), Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Verdasco (2010) and Robredo (2004).

BRD NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY
Bucharest, Romania; Surface: clay

Seeds: Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Ivo Karlovic, Lukas Rosol, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Viktor Troicki, Jiri Vesely, Simone Bolelli

Floaters: Borna Coric, Sergiy Stakhovsky

Notes: Not a super-deep field…(3) Karlovic making his tournament debut after a bye could face a tough start against either Coric or Stakhovsky…Wildcards went to Janko Tipsarevic and Romanian Marius Copil…The absent Grigor Dmitrov beat Rosol in last year’s final…Former returning champions in the field are Rosol (2013), Simon (2012,’08-07), and Florian Mayer (2011).

 


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11 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

montecarlo Says:

Whoever posted this is a big joke.

Nadal isn’t top seed in Barcelona, Nishikori is.


sienna Says:

Rafa not playing Barcelona?

Nishikori seeded#1.


Hippy Chick Says:

Rafa is playing Barcelona Sienna its just he isnt the number 1 seed,anyway theres a number of players that have beaten him lately,so i dont think it will be as easy as some people will presume,anyway i hope he puts in a good showing ahead of trying for number 10 at the FO….


Margot Says:

Rafa is No2 seed. Kei, No 1, won it last year?


Hippy Chick Says:

Yeah….


jalep Says:

17 yr. Old Rublev vs Verdasco was the first match in Barcelona. The first match on clay in a main atp draw aND the young man is putting up a good fight. Took the first set in a tie break.

The kid is unintimidated to say the least!


jalep Says:

He is super skinny. But has a wicked bh.Not much of a serve. Speedy around the court…that Reblev.


jalep Says:

My goodness Rublev can return a serve. He broke Verdasco easily but has a tough time holding. But he makes it!


Hippy Chick Says:

What has happened to Verdasco who was once a top 10 player,pushing Nadal in that epic AO semi in 2009,and a former Barcelona champion,i always liked the guy,it was dissapointing to see his career go backwards instead of forewards?….

But what a great win from Reblev against a former champion and top 10 player,who really dictated play against Nando….


jalep Says:

5-2 Rublev 2nd set. I’m excited! 1st match point. But doesn’t get it.Verdasco is going to make Rublev serve it out.

Nerves are showing. He’s cramping up.

The Russian qualifier gets the win! 76 63


jalep Says:

Pure awesomeness from Rublev @ Hippy Chick

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