Vandeweghe, Mannarino Lead Fields at Co-ed Libema Open on Grass; Previews
by Staff | June 11th, 2018, 12:37 pm

CoCo Vandeweghe goes for a third grasscourt title in the Netherlands while Adrian Mannarino heads a challenged men’s field at the newly-sponsored Libema Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Gilles Muller defends his title from last year in the men’s field, which includes a resurgent Bernard Tomic who made it through the qualifying on his best surface.

‘S-HERGOTENBOSCH, Netherlands; surface: grass

Women’s Seeds: CoCo Vandeweghe, Elise Mertens, Kiki Bertens, Anett Kontaveit, Zhang Shuai, Alison Van Uytvanck, Aleksandra Krunic, Aryna Sabalenka

Women’s Floaters: Alison Riske, Belinda Bencic, Marketa Vondrousova, Natalia Vikhlyantseva

Women’s Notes:

Vandeweghe the lone Top 15 player in the field…

(8) Sabalenka starts against last year’s teenage Wimbledon quarterfinalist Vondrousova, and (3) Bertens against last year’s runner-up Vikhlyantseva…

Wildcards were awarded to Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp and Bibiane Schoofs, and Russian Anna Kalinskaya…

Pulling from the tournament field were Sabine Lisicki and Lesia Tsurenko…

Kontaveit beat Vikhlyantseva in last year’s final…

Former champions in the field are Kontaveit (2017) and Vandeweghe (2016,’14)…

Men’s Seeds: Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Muller, Fernando Verdasco, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Robin Haase, Yuichi Sugita, Andreas Seppi

Men’s Floaters: Ivo Karlovic, (Q) Bernard Tomic

Men’s Notes:

Yikes, no Top 25 players in the draw…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

The top-seeded Mannarino starts against the winner of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Jeremy Chardy…Interesting starts include (6) Haase vs. Dr. Ivo, and (Q) Tomic on his best surface vs. Marcos Baghdatis…

Wildcards went to Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, American Mackenzie McDonald and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas…

Three Aussies qualified: Tomic, Alex Bolt and Max Purcell…

Pulling out of the tournament were Andy Murray, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ryan Harrison, Filip Krajinovic, Karen Khachanov, Lu Yen-hsun and Tennys Sandgren…

Muller is the lone former champion in the field, in last year’s final beating Karlovic in two tiebreaks.


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3 Comments for Vandeweghe, Mannarino Lead Fields at Co-ed Libema Open on Grass; Previews

RZ Says:

On to the grass!
Coco is the clear favorite, but Riske and Bencic play well on the grass too. Among the men, Gasquet is probably the best grass court player, but who knows what to expect from him. If Muller and Karlovic have their serves clicking, they will be threats to win.

RZ Says:

Just read that Djokovic has taken a wild card for Queens. Glad he is playing the grass circuit after all.

jalep Says:

Yes, Nole is playing London. I pick him to win 😋

And ‘s-Hertogenbosch final will be Gasquet vs Chardy; WTA Kirsten Flipkens vs darling Aleksandra Krunic.

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