After dealing with anxiety about playing Palermo, Simona Halep is in town for the WTA clay event in Prague this week.
Though entered, Halep has yet to commit to playing the US Open in three weeks or Cincinnati. But the fact she’s in Prague signals her interest in playing, and increases the chances of a stateside visit.
The Romanian heads a decent field which includes the No. 2 seed Petra Martic, No. 3 Elise Mertens and fourth-seeded Dayana Yastremska.
The former No. 1’s path to a 20th career WTA title will take her through Polona Hercog in the opener, potentially Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarters and Yastremska in the semis.
Among the other names, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is the lone player to have made the trip from North America to Europe to play an official event. The wildcard Bouchard opens against the No. 8 seed Veronika Kudermetova.
Prague, along with Lexington, mark the second week of play on the pro tennis circuit since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Belinda Bencic was among the withdrawals for the event.
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