The women of the WTA returned to the red clay this week in Romania, hoping to get some dirt court wins prior to the start of the U.S. summer hardcourt season.
The seeds at the BRD Bucharest Open, all ranked outside the Top 15, are Anastasija Sevastova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens, Sorana Cirstea, Irina-Camelia Begu, Tatjana Maria and Ekaterina Alexandrova. Cirstea was a first-round casualty, falling to Romanian Ana Bogdan.
Goerges in her opener narrowly avoided the same fate, coming back to beat American Alexa Glatch 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. The No. 9-seeded Alexandrova did the same, coming from behind to defeat Czech Barbora Krejcikova in her first-round match.
For the 4th edition of the tournament wildcards were awarded to Romanians Irina Bara, Jaqueline Cristian and Elena-Gabriela Ruse.
Romania’s Monica Niculescu was a late withdrawal, throwing the seeding into chaos. Other withdrawals were Anna Blinkova, Oceane Dodin, Ons Jabeur, Kristina Kucova, Varvara Lepchenko, Christina McHale, and Yulia Putintseva.
The top-seeded Sevastova lost 6-0, 6-0 in last year’s final to Simona Halep. Sevastova is the featured Wednesday night match in Bucharest, taking on unseeded Danka Kovinic, who she lost her most recent meeting against.
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