GP SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
Marrakech, Morocoo; Surface: clay
Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Timea Bacsinszky, Flavia Pennetta, Elina Svitolina, Mona Barthel, Roberta Vinci, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Monica Puig
Floaters: Donna Vekic
Notes: Tough start for (4) Svitolina vs. the Croat riser Vekic…Wildcards went to the top-seeded Muguruza, Morocco’s Rita Atik and Russia’s Darya Kasatkina (who starts against Muguruza)…Seven players including former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone pulled from the event…In last year’s final Spaniard Maria Teresa Torro Flor beat Switzerland’s Romina Oprandi…No former champions in the field.
J&T BANKA PRAGUE OPEN
Prague, Czech Republic; Surface: clay
Seeds: Karolina Pliskova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Strycova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Alize Cornet, Irina-Camelia Begu, Belinda Bencic, Camila Giorgi
Floaters: Yanina Wickmayer
Notes: A Czech offensive in Prague with the first three seeds from the home country…(8) Giorgi starts against the resurgent Wickmayer…Wildcards were awarded to Czechs Denisa Allertova and Klara Koukalova, and Slovak Kristina Schmiedlova…Pulling from the event were former champ Magdalena Rybarikova and Carla Suarez Navarro…Pliskova is the top seed in singles and doubles…In last year’s final Brit Heather Watson beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova…Former champs in the field are Watson (2014)and Safarova (2013-12).
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