Unseeded Williams Draw Seeds at Eastbourne; WTA/ATP Previews
by Staff | June 11th, 2011, 6:00 pm

The return of Venus and Serena Williams, both unseeded on the grasscourts at Eastboune after extended injury absenses from the tour, is the news in the final week of grasscourt warm-ups before the spotlight lands on the All England Club and 2011 Wimbledon.

Here is a look at the two ATP/WTA events (combined men’s and women’s events at Eastbourne and ‘s-Hertogenbosch) this week:

AEGON International
Eastbourne, Great Britain
Surface: grass

Women’s Seeds: Vera Zvonareva, Li Na, Victoria Azarenka, Francesca Schiavone, Petra Kvitova, Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Andrea Petkovic

Floaters: (WC) Serena Williams, Venus Williams, (WC) Heather Watson, Nadia Petrova, Shuai Peng, Lucie Safarova, Kaia Kanepi, Julia “Gorgeous” Goerges, Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova

Notes: More floater threats than seeds since no one is standing out these days on the WTA tour; the top-seeded Zvonareva opens against the crowd-backed Brit riser Watson, then will likely face Serena in the second round; other tough openers for seeds include (7) Stosur vs. Petrova, (3) Azarenka vs. Peng, (6) Bartoli vs. the free-swinging Safarova, (4) Schiavone vs. Kanepi, (8) Petkovic vs. Venus (winner to play Ivanovic-Goerges winner), and (2) Na vs. Hantuchova 2nd rd.; Serena and Venus on opposite sides of the draw; in last year’s final Ekaterina Makarova beat Azarenka; former champs in the field are Makarova (2011) and Aggie Radwanska (2010); Martina Navratilova won 11 titles at the event, including five-in-a-row and four-in-a-row runs.

Men’s Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Janko Tipsarevic, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Kevin Anderson, Pablo Andujar, Philipp Kohlschreiber

Floaters: Lleyton Hewitt, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, James Ward

Notes: If the unseeded former Wimbledon champ and No. 1 Hewitt can manage Olivier “The Roach” Rochus in his opener, he’s looking at a second-round meeting with (2) Dolgopolov; (1) Tsonga looking at a second-round meeting with The Worm; (3) Tipsarevic opens against the Queen’s semifinalist Ward; seeds Tsonga, Stakhovsky, Andujar and Kohlschreiber make their debuts at the event; Michael Llodra won the title last year, but there are no returning champions in the draw.

Unicef Open
‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Surface: grass

Women’s Seeds: Kim Clijsters, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Yanina Wickmayer, Flavia Pennetta, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Kirilenko, Roberta Vinci, Klara Zakopalova

Floaters: Kimiko Date-Krumm

Notes: Tough opener for (6) Kirilenko vs. the ageless Date-Krumm; Clijsters first event since meltdown at the French Open; Justine Henin beat Andrea Petkovic in last year’s final; former champs in the field are Anna Chakvetadze (2007), Zakopalova (2005), and Clijsters (2003).

Men’s Seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Marcos Baghdatis, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Ivan Dodig, Jarkko Nieminen, Adrian Mannarino, Jeremy Chardy, Daniel Gimeno-Traver

Floaters: Nicolas Mahut

Notes: No Top 10ers in the field; tough opener for (6) Mannarino vs. Mahut; the top-seeded Almagro lost 1st rd. at Roland Garros, and opens against German Michael Berrer; seeds Almagro, Dodig, Mannarino make debuts at the event; Indian Express Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes the top seeds in doubles; former No. 1 Patrick Rafter is the only player to win three consecutive titles at the event, which sees no returning champs in 2011.

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19 Comments for Unseeded Williams Draw Seeds at Eastbourne; WTA/ATP Previews

jeanius Says:

Isn’t Wozniacki playing?

felix Says:

its true,
kind of weird, did not find some one name caroline wozniacki in the women draw, this week

Kimmi Says:

woz playing Copenhagen this week, and she is in the final. i think she must have realized that its good to take a week off before Grand Slam.

she played a week before RG and look what happened!i think she over played it, especially with her schedule..she has played a lot of tennis.

Eric Says:

“Martina Navratilova won 11 titles at the event, including five-in-a-row and four-in-a-row runs.”

What does that have to do with anything?

grendel Says:


So Ward has a dream run at Queens and suddenly becomes a “floater” at next tourney. Surely this is an exaggeration?

Kimmi Says:

looking forward to see how the william sisters will do..serena especially.

grendel Says:

Kimmi – I think the draw will be important for Serena. If she meets someone tough early on, it would be no surprise to see her bundled out. She’s like a sleepy rhinocerous, who takes a while to become fully aware of just where she is. But if she’s still there by the quarters, who would bet against her?

scoreboard66 Says:

Of the two Williams sisters, I think Serena is the one that will go the furthest in this tournament. Venus needs more matches under her belt to play well, but Serena has the ability to play through the rust. Their presenc on the tour is a welcome sight.

Skeezerweezer Says:

Williams combined have won 9 Wimby titles, a sister domination. Glad to see they are playing a tune up tourney. If they stay healthy up to Wimby, it will be fun to see the early rds. The current high ranked players must be so nervous right now knowing the may catch Venus or Serena in the 1 or 2 rd. Hahahaha ;)

scoreboard66 Says:

I think Woz could draw Serena, as the No.1 players always seem to draw qualis , WC and unseeded players. That situation would make Woz very nervous as Serena would definitely pummel her with outright winners if Woz gets into her pusher mode.

Kimmi Says:

ah, why a hard court tournament a week before wimbledon. i thought Copenhagen is grass but no..it is hardcourt. and wozniacki playing on it this week.. weird!

She is winning it, just need to serve for the match now. so is that good or bad for her grass court prep? we will see i guess.

Kimmi Says:

scoreboard66 – i am sure serena will be seeded at wimbledon. her ranking is 25 at the moment. with wimbledon seeding, she will probably be in the top 10. so woz wont meet her until round of 16 or qtr finals for that matter.

scoreboard66 Says:

@Kimmi, I forgot about Serena’s ranking. Scratch my thoughts on Woz meeting Serena before R16.

margot Says:

Just so long as Serena and Venus are on the same side at Wimbledon, just in case..:(

Eric Says:

Any thoughts on why it seems like more of the women’s top brass is playing events in the week right before Wimbledon than the men do?

dari Says:

Just a guess, but I think this is where the best of 3/ best of 5 difference really takes effect . The guys know they have a lot of tennis ahead of them and if they also did well at the French then its just too much.
There has been some good ladies tennis though this past week and serena and Venus don’t normally play the week before wimb either but since they’ve been go so long they need the warm up.
I’ve enjoyed watching Ana I this week, she was serving well and hitting hard until she lost it in the semi against dani H. I wish AI would get it together better

Kimberly Says:

The Petkovic match was a good win for Venus.

Kimberly Says:

we all know what the mens seedings will be, but i am bursting with curiosity to see what wimbledon does with the williams sisters, defending champion and five time champion.

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