AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM
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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