PARIS, France - Fresh off a stunning upset in the first round of the French Open, Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova tops the draw at the WTA 125K Croatia Bol Open, set to get underway this week.
The World No.67 shocked defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the first round at Roland Garros, and though she was unable to advance to the third round despite leading Katerina Siniakova by a set, is one of the favorites to lift her second WTA 125 title on the Croatian coast this week.
The 24-year-old won the Dalian Women's Tennis Open in September, and is joined among the seeds by No.2 seed Magda Linette, who has raised a trophy at WTA 125 level four years ago in Ningbo; No.4 seed and former French Open finalist Sara Errani; and No.5 seed and Bogota champion Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
Schmiedlova has a standout opening round match on tap against rising Ukrainian star Marta Kostyuk, as the 15-year-old continues to make a push towards the WTA Top 100.
Other notable first round matches will feature 2016 champion and wildcard Mandy Minella, who continues her comeback after the birth of daughter Emma Lina, against Zheng Saisai; former Wimbledon junior champion Sofya Zhuk face Kristina Kucova; and 2017 runner-up Alexandra Cadantu take on Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure.
Local interest will be with Croatian-born Aussie and No.3 seed Ajla Tomljanovic, along with wildcards Tena Lukas and 18-year-old Lea Boskovic.