NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNGS CUP
Nurnberg, Germany; surface: clay
Seeds: Kiki Bertens, Yulia Putintseva, Zhang Shuai, Laura Siegemund, Alison Riske, Julia Goerges, Yaroslava Shvedova, Monica Niculescu
Floaters: Oceane Dodin, Genie Bouchard
Notes: Bertens the lone Top 20 player in the field…Tough starts for (3) Zhang vs. the hot Dodin, and (2) Putintseva vs. the equally-hot Bouchard…Wildcards were awarded to Germans Katharina Gerlach, Katharina Hobgarski and Tatjana Maria…Pulling out of the field were Anastasija Sevastova, Lesia Tsurenko and Mona Barthel…Last year’s final was all Kiki Berten as the Dutchwoman qualified then won the singles, defeating Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino in the final, then won the doubles…Former champions in the field are Bertens (2016) and Bouchard (2014).
INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
Strasbourg, France; surface: clay
Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Vesnina, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Carla Suarez Navarro, Caroline Garcia, Samantha Stosur, Daria Gavrilova, Peng Shuai, Monica Puig
Floaters: Shelby Rogers, Alize Cornet, (Q) Camila Giorgi
Notes: Wozniacki is the lone Top 10 representative in the field…Matches to look out for in the opening round include (1) Wozniacki vs. the upset specialist Rogers, (8) Peng vs. the upset specialist Cornet, and (2) Vesnina vs. (Q) Giorgi…Wildcards were awarded to France’s Cornet and Amandine Hesse, Aussie Samantha Stosur and Russian Elena Vesnina…Withdrawing from the field were Lara Arruabarrena, Catherine Bellis, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Jelena Ostapenko, and Roberta Vinci…Woz is 0-3 in finals this year…France’s Caroline Garcia beat Lucic-Baroni in last year’s final…Former champions in the field are Garcia (2016), Stosur (2015), Puig (2014), Cornet (2013), and Andrea Petkovic (2011).
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