10 Things To Know: This Week
Published June 15, 2014 12:13
Every week on wtatennis.com we'll bring you 10 of the most important things to know - who's playing, where, milestones... this week the Road To Singapore hits Eastbourne and 's-Hertogenbosch.
1) Wimbledon is just a week away.
It's only been a week since the last Grand Slam wrapped up, but another one - perhaps the most cherished one - is just a week away. Wimbledon is right around the corner - the seeds come out on Wednesday, the draw comes out on Friday and play begins at the All-England Club next Monday.
2) Five Top 10 players lead an all-star field in Eastbourne.
Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber are all in the field at the Premier-level Aegon International, with former Top 10 players Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani and Caroline Wozniacki rounding out the Top 8 seeds. Check out the full draw here.
3) Azarenka is playing her first tournament since Indian Wells.
Not only has Azarenka not played since Indian Wells, but her opening match there - which she lost to Lauren Davis - was the only match she has played since the Australian season. Having come into the 2014 season a solid No.2 in the world behind Serena Williams, Azarenka has fallen down to No.8 due to her inactivity. The first opponent of her comeback will be a giant-killer - Camila Giorgi.
Azarenka was among an all-star line-up at Sunday's Rally For Bally exhibitions, even taking charge by donning a Bobby's hat and climbing into the umpire's chair. Read about Rally For Bally right here.
4) Radwanska is looking to turn her Eastbourne luck around.
Radwanska has conquered Eastbourne before, winning it in 2008, but her last two attempts here haven't been so peachy - she lost her opening match in both 2012 (to Tsvetana Pironkova) and 2013 (to Jamie Hampton). This year she begins against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - Radwanska leads Pavlyuchenkova in their head-to-head, 4-1, and has all three meetings over the last five years.
5) Two Top 10 players - and another three Top 20 players - headline in 's-Hertogenbosch.
Simona Halep and Dominika Cibulkova, ranked No.3 and No.10 in the world, respectively, are the Top 2 seeds at the International-level Topshelf Open, with three more players in the Top 20 - Eugenie Bouchard, Carla Suárez Navarro and Andrea Petkovic - seeded No.3 through No.5. Kirsten Flipkens, Garbiñe Muguruza and Klara Koukalova round out the Top 8 seeds. Check out the full draw here.
6) Three French Open semifinalists, and five quarterfinalists, are in 's-Hertogenbosch.
French Open finalist Halep, semifinalists Bouchard and Petkovic and quarterfinalists Suárez Navarro and Muguruza are all in action - can the form players from the clay court season transition to grass?
8) WTA Trivia: Fifteen active players have won WTA titles on all three surfaces - hard, clay and grass. But only two of those 15 players have never been ranked in the Top 10 - who are they?
9) WTA Live From The Red Carpet is at the Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.
10) Find out where you can watch this week's action on WTA TV developed by Xerox!
* Answer: Sabine Lisicki and Roberta Vinci. They've come extremely close though, Lisicki going as high as No.12 and Vinci No.11. The other 13 players are Serena Williams, Li Na, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams, Nadia Petrova and Vera Zvonareva.