4 WTA Top 10 Led by Radwanska in Birmingham; Spain Debuts Mallorca Event
by Staff | June 11th, 2016, 7:01 pm

Birmingham, Great Britain; Surface: grass

Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic, Petra Kvitova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Madison Keys, Karolina Pliskova

Floaters: CoCo Vandeweghe, Caroline Wozniacki, Lucie Safarova, Shuai Peng

Notes: Strong field with four Top 10 seeds, and all seeds are ranked in Top 20…Potential tough starts for (1) Radwanska vs. Vandeweghe, (3) Halep vs. Safarova, and (2) Kerber vs. Peng…Wildcards went to Radwanska, Kvitova and Brits Naomi Broady and Tara Moore…Pulling from the draw were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova…Kerber beat Pliskova in last year’s final in a third-set breaker…Kerber (2015) is the lone former champ in the field…American Pam Shriver holds the record for most Birmingham wins with four…Doper Maria Sharapova won the event back-to-back in 2004-05.

Mallorca, Spain; Surface: grass

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Kristina Mladenovic, Yulia Putintseva, Caroline Garcia, Laura Siegemund, Eugenie Bouchard

Floaters: Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Kohjuh

Notes: The world No. 2 Muguruza is the only Top 20 player in the field…Tough starts were dealt to (1) Muguruza vs. the grass-savvy Flipkens, (4) Mladenovic vs. Lisicki, and (2) Jankovic vs. the Croat riser Kohjuh…Wildcards went to veteran Daniela Hantuchova and Spaniards Paula Badosa Gibert and Sara Sorribes Tormo…Withdrawing from the field were Annika Beck, Mona Barthel, Sara Errani, Johanna Larsson, Monica Niculescu, and Zhang Shuai…This is the debut year for the event which features lighted courts, a first for the grasscourt season.

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5 Comments for 4 WTA Top 10 Led by Radwanska in Birmingham; Spain Debuts Mallorca Event

jalep Says:

Good job with the WTA coverage, Tennis-X!

Mallorca 280:
It’s tough not to pick Garbine Muguruza to the final from the choices in the top half. This is typically Sabine Lisicki’s time of year but she’s having a trouble finding her form in 2016. Right now, Muguruza v Mladenovic is my pick for the final. But that could change, depending on who wins what on Sunday and what qualifiers make the main draw. I’m watching for Elise Mertens, Kateryna Kozlova, Julia Glushko and Sorana Cirstea to come through.

Birmingham 470:
The top half is loaded: Radwanska, Kvitova, Wozniacki, Vandeweghe, Bencic, Strycova, Ka.Pliskova, and the first round is a minefield for most of them.
Top half first round upset alerts:
Vandeweghe v Radwanska.
(Coco is flying high on the grass). But Aga leads 4-0 in the H2H. And it’s all on hard courts; they have never met on grass. Coco is in the final tomorrow in Hertogenbosch, she appears strong, her serve is clicking. It’s tempting to pick Coco.

Ka.Pliskova v Strycova.
Karolina is in the Nottingham final and will have had to play both the QF and SF Saturday and the final, Sunday. This one could go either way but my guess is for Strycova to make it.

QF picks: Kvitova over Radwanska, Strycova over Tsurenko, Halep over Keys, Kerber over Svitolina.
SF: Kvitova over Strycova, Halep over Kerber.
F: Kvitova over Halep

Congrats to Coco Vandewehge winning a second Den Bosch title!

jalep Says:

Update for Birmingham: Just saw that Simona Halep had to withdraw with a left Achilles injury. Heather Watson is now IN. Also, Karolina Pliskova won Nottingham in easy straight sets over Alison Riske. Have decided to take Pliskova over Strycova.
Radwanska over Konta, Bencic over Ka.Pliskova, Kvitova over Keys, Kerber over Suarez-Navarro
SF: Radwanska over Bencic, Kerber over Kvitova
F: Radwanska over Kerber

Wondering what day Margot will be at Queens…

skeezer Says:

Jalep is back! Yeah baby 👍

jalep Says:

Thanks ^^ ! Had to wake up in the middle of the night and switch back to Strycova AND watch the end of the Stuttgart Final.

Thiem won Stuttgart, for gosh sakes! Tweener at 1:26 min.

Willow Says:

Agree with Skeezer about Jalep ;-)) ….

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