Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews
by Staff | April 23rd, 2016, 4:46 pm

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:

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).

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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7 Comments for Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

jalep Says:

No Tennis Channel coverage for WTA – just following scores this week. Laura Robson won her 1st WTA match in a long time first round in Rabat. But Timea Babos was too much for her today.

QF’s Prague
Pliskova v Giorgi
Safarova v Hsieh
Stosur v Strycova
Kuznetsova v Puig

QF’s Rabat
Bacsinszky v Larsson
Babos v Parmentier
Putintseva v Bertens
Krunic v Erakovic

Rabat – Bacsinszky v Babos would be a good SF. Erakovic v Krunic and Putintseva v Bertens, I have not clue who wins.

Prague – All QF matches look great. Hope Lucie Safarova can make it through.

jalep Says:

Well, I came here hoping to find a current thread and a write-up for Prague and Rabat. However, I’ll use the old one again and shoot:

In Prague, Sam Stosur spoiled the party and edged Barbora Strycova in a decider tie break. Pliskova and Safarova won their respective matches in straights and Kuznetsova won a three set battle over feisty, Monica Puig.

Rabat: Putintseva and Krunic both lost. But Babos and Bacsinszky both won and I’ll get the SF I was hoping for — now to find a way to watch these matches tomorrow!

SF’s Rabat
Bacsinszky over Babos in 3
Bertens over Erakovic in 2

SF’s Prague
Pliskova over Safarova in 3

Kuznetsova and Stosur both have spent a lot of time on court this week getting to this semi-final. The h2h is 4-4, but their last meeting on clay, 2015 Madrid, Sveta won in 3 tight sets. Hard to pick between the two but I’ll go Russian in this classic:

Kuznetsova over Stosur in 3

Green Lady Says:

Hi Jalep, have you watched Delpo ? ….

jalep Says:

Hi Green Lady, nope — my expensive satellite dish access to Tennis Channel is wasted this week because no coverage of Munich! In fact no coverage of anything but the least interesting ATP 250, Istanbul.

Anyway – Sunday WTA Madrid will start. And Monday ATP.

Aren’t you going to ask me how I feel about doping or no doping in tennis? 😂 Just kidding!

About Delpo, I think Kohls will make it as tough as possible for him and win but not sure about it. Kinda hope Delpo loses and has something in reserve for Madrid.

Green Lady Says:

Jalep lol, i think the whole doping thing has been flogged to death now to be honest, Sharapova, Novak, Andy, Rafa have all been involved one way or another arrgh enough already !

Anyway baby steps for Delpo, and if he loses no big deal, its all about easing himself back into competition, and some tough matches will get him dialed in ….

As for WTA i might finally get to see some matches, now i have set up my tablet PC ….

Off topic, im having my handfasting this weekend too ;-)) ….

jalep Says:

This weekend? I thought it was going to be in the summer sometime – the hand fasting. How exciting!

How are you liking your tablet? I’ve never had one – only laptops and my android phone. But I’m very certain these emoji’s work on tablets.

He might win tomorrow – Delpo. I just think Kohls is in good form and he’ll attack Delp’s bh and move him around. If Delpo was match tough and confident, he’d hit Kohls off the court.

Matches are good tomorrow in Munich: Fognini is playing a match he should win, Sascha v Goffin an interesting match-up …

Green Lady Says:

Jalep with all the other stuff we have going on this year, we brought it forward to the Spring bank holiday weekend….

I love the tablet PC, but im still finding my way around it ….

Anway even if Delpo loses, i think some tough three setters will get him dialed in, time will tell….

Cheers Jalep ;-)) ….

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