Four of the Top 5 players post this week in Stuttgart, led by world No. 1 Simona Halep.
Wildcards Maria Sharapova and CoCo Vandeweghe will look to shake up the top seeds, both meeting a seed in the opening round.
PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
STUTTGART, Germany; surface: clay
Seeds: Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova
Floaters: (WC) CoCo Vandeweghe, (WC) Maria Sharapova, Kiki Bertens, Angie Kerber
An impressive eight of the Top 10 in Stuttgart, where the Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Five women who have sat at No. 1 in the field…
(1) Halep after a byes starts against the Daria Kasatkina/Magdalena Rybarikova winner, and (2) Muguruza against the Madison Keys/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova winner…
Tough starts for (7) Stephens against her U.S. Fed Cup teammate (WC) Vandeweghe, (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Sharapova, (5) Pliskova vs. Bertens, and (8) Kvitova vs. Kerber…
Wildcards were awarded to Sharapova, Vandeweghe, and Germans Antonia Lottner and Laura Siegemund…
Siegemund edged Mladenovic 7-6 in the third in last year’s final…
Former champions in the field are Siegemund (2017), Kerber (2016-15), Sharapova (2014-12), and Julia Goerges (2011).
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