Sloane Stephens is the lone Top 10 player looking to get some extra match play in prior to the start of the French Open, heading the field this week in Nurnberg, Germany.
Aussie Ashleigh Barty leads the field in Strasbourg where Sam Stosur defends her championship from last year.
NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNGS CUP 2018
NURNBERG, Germany; surface: clay
Seeds: Sloane Stephens, Julia Goerges, Kiki Bertens, Zhang Shuai, Irina-Camelia Begu, Sorana Cirstea, Alison Van Uytvanck, Katerina Siniakova
Floaters: Carina Witthoeft, Mona Barthel, Kirsten Flipkens
(3) Bertens will start against a qualifier then face the veteran winner of Barthel-Witthoeft…
Wildcards were awarded to Stephens and Germans Katharina Hobgarski and Andrea Petkovic…
Ana Bogdan and Polona Hercog withdrew from the event…
Bertens last year won her second consecutive Nurnberg title, defeating Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the championship…
Bertens (2017-16) is the lone former champ in the field.
INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
STRABBOURG, France; surface: clay
Seeds: Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Dominika Cibulkova, Timea Babos, Danielle Collins, Hsieh Su-wei
Floaters: Lucie Safarova, Sam Stosur
No Top 15 players in the field…
(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…
Wildcards were allotted to Cibulkova, Safarova, and France’s Fiona Ferro…
Withdrawing from the tournament were Catherine Bellis, Alize Cornet, Camila Giorgi, Beatriz Haddad Maia, Aleksandra Krunic, Monica Niculescu, Monica Puig, Aryna Sabalenka, Donna Vekic, and Elena Vesnina…
Stosur beat Gavrilova in last year’s final from a set down…
Stosur (2017,’15) is the lone former champion in the field.
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