Swiatek To Open Grass Season Against Maria In WTA Bad Homburg

by Staff | June 25th, 2023, 3:38 pm
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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek will have her hands full right from the jump in her 2023 grass debut taking on former Wimbledon semifinalist Tatjana Maria.

Swiatek rolls in off her third French Open title but the Polish star has never been far at Wimbledon where she did once win the junior title.

Swiatek has never even made a grass final before. But this week she’ll be the big favorite though could see opposition from Donna Vekic, Liumila Samsonova and Bianca Andreescu. Though all of them are in the bottom half.

Top 8 seeds at the event are: 1 Iga Swiatek, 2 Liudmila Samsonova, 3 Donna Vekic, 4 Mayar Sherif, 5 Bianca Andreescu, 7 Elisabetta Cocciaretto, 8 Varvara Gracheva, 9 Anna Blinkova.

No. 6 seed Lin Zhu withdrew.

No. 1 Swiatek is projected to meet 9 Blinkova in the quarters, No. 4 Sherif – 8 Gracheva, No. 5 Andreescu – 3 Vekic, and 7 seed Cocciaretto – 2 Samsonova in the bottom quarter.

The semifinals could see Iga Swiatek-Mayar Sherif and Liudmila Samsonova-Donna Vekic.

Among the other notable first round matches: Leylah Fernandez-Alycia Parks, Emma Navarro-Donna Vekic, Elisabetta Cocciaretto-Katerina Siniakova and Viktoriya Tomova-Liudmila Samsonova.

Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki is also in the draw.

Former finalists: Andreescu, Siniakova

Last year,Caroline Garcia defeated Bianca Andreescu 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4.

2022 Caroline Garcia d Bianca Andreescu 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4
2021 Angelique Kerber d Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2

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