Cibulkova, Konta Lead WTA Grasscourt Debut Week; Previews
AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM
NOTTINGHAM, Great Britain; surface: grass
Seeds: Johanna Konta, Anastasija Sevastova, Lauren Davis, Alison Riske, Lucie Safarova, Shelby Rogers, Mona Barthel, Naomi Osaka
Floaters: (WC) Heather Watson, Donna Vekic, (WC) Laura Robson
Notes: Konta the lone Top 10 representative…Interesting starts for (4) Riske vs. (WC) Watson, and (6) Rogers vs. Vekic (winner to possibly meet (WC) Robson)…The other wildcard went to Brit Tara Moore…Pulling from the field were Ekaterina Alexandrova, Nao Hibino and Yulia Putintseva…Absent is Karolina Pliskova, who beat Riske in last year’s final…No former champs in the tournament in its third year as a WTA International event.
‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands; surface: grass
Seeds: Dominika Cibulkova, Kristina Mladenovic, Kiki Bertens, Coco Vandeweghe, Ana Konjuh, Timea Babos, Lesia Tsurenko, Kristyna Pliskova
Floaters: Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic
Notes: Cibulkova the lone Top 10er in the field…Tough start for (3) Bertens vs. the veteran Petkovic…Wildcards were awarded to Cibulkova, Russian Anna Kalinskaya and Dutchwoman and former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus…Withdrawing from the event were Annika Beck, Alize Cornet and Jelena Ostapenko…Vandeweghe is the defending champ, in last year’s final defeating Mladenovic…Former champs in the field are Vandeweghe (2016,’14) and Camila Giorgi (2015).
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