WTA Top 5 Led By Osaka, Halep And Kvitova Headline Stuttgart
by Staff | April 21st, 2019, 3:22 pm
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The first big clay event on the WTA calendar kicks off in Stuttgart this week with a loading field featuring the Top 5 in the world led by World No. 1 Naomi Osaka who makes her debut as a Grand Slam champion on the slippery surface.

The Japanese, who is the youngest in the field at 21, will be joined by some serious opposition with former champions Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber plus Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and unseeded threats like Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia and Garbine Muguruza who meets Victoria Azarenka in the first round.

Elise Mertens, Dominika Cibulkova and Belinda Bencic are also unseeded at this Premier level event.

Osaka, who has never won a match at the event, could have to face the dangerous Su-Wei Hsieh in her opener, then Kerber in the quarters before Pliskova in the semifinals.

Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens, Danielle Collins and Elina Svitolina were among the withdrawals.

Last year, Pliskova beat the now-injured Coco Vandeweghe for the title.

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One Comment for WTA Top 5 Led By Osaka, Halep And Kvitova Headline Stuttgart

Jalep Says:

Thank you Tennis-X for always posting news about the WTA players and tournaments. Very much appreciated.

Unfortunately Simona Halep also pulled out of Stuttgart after a tough Fed Cup weekend. Still a strong field remains. Naomi Osaki plays her first match of the tournament tomorrow vs Su-Wei Hsieh.

Also playing on Thursday is Daria Kasatkina who finally won her third match of 2019 getting a win over Elise Mertens. Daria will face Donna Vekic in her next match. Donna has had a better W/L record in 2019 but Daria is a slight favorite on clay.

Seven seeded players are left: Kvitova, Kerber, Osaka, Pliskova, Bertens, Sevastova, and Kontaveit. Lots of tennis to squeeze in the next 4 days.

Miss seeing you in the brackets, Andy Mira, wherever you are. :D

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