Rybakina, Garcia, Gauff Lead 7 Of Top 10 In WTA Eastbourne; Kvitova v Ostapenko Opener

by Staff | June 25th, 2023, 3:16 pm
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Seven of the Top 10 women will be in Eastbourne this week led by reigning Wimbledon queen Elena Rybakina.

The Kazakh will hope to get back on track after a shock defeat last week to Donna Vekic in Berlin.

There are four former champions in the field including defending champion Petra Kvitova just won Berlin. In a rematch of her 2022 title win, Kvitova will meet Jelena Ostapenko who just won Birmingham!


The top seeds are 1 Elena Rybakina, 2 Caroline Garcia, 3 Jessica Pegula, 4 Ons Jabeur, 5 Coco Gauff, 6 Maria Sakkari, 7 Petra Kvitova, 8 Beatriz Haddad Maia.

No. 1 Rybakina is projected to meet 8 Haddad Maia in her quarterfinal, No. 3 Pegula – 5 Gauff, No. 7 Kvitova – 4 Jabeur, and 6 seed Sakkari – 2 Garcia in the bottom quarter.

The semifinals are projected to be Elena Rybakina-Jessica Pegula and Caroline Garcia-Ons Jabeur.

The top seeded Rybakina opens with qualifier then gets the winner of Madison Keys or a qualifier. Keys is another former champion.

The second seeded Garcia also opens with a qualifier before the winner of Sorana Cirstea and a quali.

Among the notable first round matches: Barbora Krejcikova-Katie Boulter, Marie Bouzkova-Beatriz Haddad Maia, Jessica Pegula-Qinwen Zheng, Bernarda Pera-Coco Gauff, Petra Kvitova-Jelena Ostapenko, Camila Giorgi-Anastasia Potapova, Marketa Vondrousova-Ons Jabeur, Maria Sakkari-Anhelina Kalinina and Karolina Pliskova-Elise Mertens.

Former champions: Keys, Kvitova, Ostapenko, Pliskova (2)

Last year, (14) Petra Kvitova defeated (8) Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2.

LAST 10 EASTBOURNE CHAMPIONS/FINALS
2022 Petra Kvitova d Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2
2021 Jelena Ostapenko d Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3
2019 Karolina Pliskova d Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-4
2018 Caroline Wozniacki d Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6(5)
2017 Karolina Pliskova d Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4
2016 Dominika Cibulkova d Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3
2015 Belinda Bencic d Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
2014 Madison Keys d Angelique Kerber 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
2013 Elena Vesnina d Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1
2012 Tamira Paszek d Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-5


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