Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham
by Staff | June 18th, 2016, 4:49 pm

It’s the final week before Wimbledon, which sees most of the top-ranked players taking a break, and the players scrubbing for money or needing just a little last-minute grasscourt preparation competing for some momentum going into the All England Club.
Only one tournament each on the ATP and WTA side, here is a look at the fields:

Eastbourne, Great Britain; Surface: grass

Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci, Belinda Bencic, Timea Bacsinszky, Petra Kvitova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Samantha Stosur, Carla Suarez Navarro, Madison Keys, Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Sara Errani, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Lucie Safarova

Floaters: Barbora Strycova, CoCo Vandeweghe, Genie Bouchard, Jelena Ostapenko, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet, Caroline Wozniacki, Ekaterina Makarova

Notes: Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for (1) Radwanska vs. the Strycova/Vandeweghe winner (a rematch of the Saturday Birmingham semifinal), (15) Begu vs. Bouchard, (12) Cibulkova vs. the hot-handed Ostapenko, (4) Bacsinszky vs. Mladenovic, (7) Stosur vs. the Wozniacki/Cornet winner, and (2) Vinci vs. Makarova…Wildcards were awarded to Brits Naomi Broady and Tara Moore…Pulling out of the draw were Annika Beck, Monica Niculescu and Sloane Stephens…Bencic beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Bencic (2015), Keys (2014), Elena Vesnina (2013), Makarova (2010), Wozniacki (2009), Radwanska (2008), and Kuznetsova (2004).

Nottingham, England; Surface: grass

Seeds: Kevin Anderson, Pablo Cuevas, Joao Sousa, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Andreas Seppi, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis, Pablo Carreno Busta, Vasek Pospisil, Paolo Lorenzi, Guido Pella, Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Kukushkin, Ricardas Berankis

Floaters: Taylor Fritz, Lukas Rosol

Notes: No Top 10ers in the field…All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, and few openers of interest for seeds besides (12) Lorenzi vs. the former No. 1 junior Fritz who took a set off Roger Federer this grasscourt season, and the upset specialist Rosol who with a win would then face (4) Dolgopolov…The all-Brit wildcard line-up is Liam Broady, Brydan Klein, Alexander Ward, and James Ward…Pulling out of the field were Inigo Cervantes, Federico Delbonis, Marcel Granollers, Illya Marchenko, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Leonardo Mayer…Denis Istomin is the only former champ in the field, last year beating Sam Querrey in the final.


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13 Comments for Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

RZ Says:

Laura Robson won a close qualifying match yesterday at Eastbourne before retiring in her 2nd qualifier today with a thigh injury. She just can’t catch any breaks.

Okiegal Says:

Yay, Madison Keys…..looking sharp today! A big CONGRATULATIONS for picking up the Birmingham hardware….good job!! Made the top ten to boot!!

jalep Says:

Maddie is hot, Okiegal! Congrats to Caroline Garcia, too — winning the brand new Mallorca 280.

Vandeweghe, Strycova, and Keys pulled out of Eastbourne – hopefully not over-played but just needing a break before Wimbles. Also it makes Aga’s first round easier without having to play Coco or Barbora!

The draw is loaded with potentially great match-ups.

jalep Says:

Wednesday Eastbourne Round 3:
Radwanska v Bouchard
Bouchard has been playing well with wins over Kovinic in Mallorca and over Lepchenko and Begu here. If Eugenie comes out confident and aggressive, Aga could be in trouble!

Cibulkova v Bondarenko
Bondarenko made the quarterfinal in Birmingham losing to red hot Pironkova. But Kateryna had to play two tough three set matches today vs Putintseva and Kuznetsova because play was cancelled on Monday. Cibulkova had a bye and got an easy straight set win over an exhausted Ostapenko. I like Dominika.

Mladenovic v Friedsam
I’ll go with Hertogenbosh’s finalist, Mladenovic.

Wozniacki v Puig
I think Caroline is starting to get it together with easy wins over Cornet and Stosur. Time for Woz to turn the year around.

Pliskova v Doi
Doi has a reputation of being tricky but it shouldn’t be too difficult for this years’ Nottingham champion. Pliskova ftw.

Vesnina over Brengle
Brengle had to beat both Van Uytvanck in 3 tough sets and Pavlyuchenkova today. Vesnina had one match and beat Bencic in straight sets.

Kvitova over Konta 🍿 or the other way around!

Makarova over Petkovic
Petkovic leads their h2h 4-0, all on hard court. But I’m liking Makarova right now.

Friday Wimbledon draw!

jalep Says:

Puig and Wozniacki is some great tennis!

jalep Says:

Monica Puig keeps getting better and better on grass. She beat Kiki Mladenovic and is into the Eastbourne SF. Her backhand, mental toughness and movement puts her on my dangerous list. Poor Kiki tends to get tight and has too many errors and double faults. She had her chances though during the 2 hour and 45 minute match.

Radwanska v Cibulkova on now!

jalep Says:

Also sad news: Victoria Azarenka had to withdraw from Wimbledon – it’s the knee. Very sorry for her.

Willow Says:

Sorry about Vika, love Aga and Domi, for someone so small she has such a good serve, but Aga makes you do alot of running, and has a better all round game ….

jalep Says:

Hi Willow, Aga leads their h2h 7-4 but this is the first time they’ve played on grass. A lot of their battles go 3 sets. I love both for different reasons. This could go either way – I’m excited :D

Willow Says:

Hi Jalep yeah me too, and id let you stay in my yurt if i had one, will a tent do lol ? ….

jalep Says:

Oh yes. I love camping. Thanks!
They’ve stopped play; guess it’s too wet, too much mist in Eastbourne? Can’t blame them for not wanting to risk it with Wimbledon so close.

Willow Says:

Thanks for the info Jalep, blogging from SW19 that will be exciting to hear, someone that close to the players, and watching the matches live ….

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