No Top 10 players are in action this week on the WTA tour as everyone is resting-up for the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain next week, but Prague features multiple Slam winners, while Swiss Timea Bacsinszky heads the Rabat field where she will attempt to get her mojo back.
Here is a look at the fields:
J&T BANKA PRAGUE OPEN
Prague, Czech Republic; Surface: clay
Seeds: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova, Samantha Stosur, Barbora Strycova, Jelena Ostapenko, Dominika Cibulkova, Yanina Wickmayer
Floaters: Camila Giorgi, Alize Cornet
Notes: Guess the tournament couldn’t meet Petra Kvitova’s price point?…No Top 10 players in the field, but multiple Grand Slam title winners and finalists among the seeds…Tough start for (8) Wickmayer vs. Giorgi…Wildcards were given to Slovak Jana Cepelova, and Czechs Katerina Siniakova and Marketa Vondrousova…Pulling out of the field were Mona Barthel, Jelena Jankovic, Daria Kasatkina, Christina McHale, Heather Watson and Roberta Vinci…In last year’s all-Czech final Karolina Pliskova beat Lucie Hradecka in three sets…Returning former champs in the field are Pliskova (2015), Safarova (2013-12), and Hradecka (2010).
GP SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
Rabat, Morocco; Surface: clay
Seeds: Timea Bacsinszky, Ekaterina Makarova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Timea Babos, Annika Beck, Lesia Tsurenko, Yulia Putintseva
Floaters: Donna Vekic, Laura Robson, Alison Riske, Kiki Bertens
Notes: No Top 15 players in the field…Tough starts for (8) Putintseva vs. Riske and (3) Schmiedlova vs. Bertens…Wildcards went to Russian Anna Blinkova, Moroccan Ghita Benhadi and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur…The Rabat event is the only WTA event held in Africa…The tournament is named for Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of Moroccan King Mohammed VI…Elina Svitolina does not return to defend her title, last year beating Babos in the championship match…Bertens (2012) is the lone former champ in the field.
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