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  • Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber
  • Defending Champion: Karolina Pliskova
  • Main Draw Brits: Johanna Konta [13], Heather Watson [WC], Katie Swan [WC], Harriet Dart [WC]
EASTBOURNE, UK – Returning champion Karolina Pliskova looks for some more grass-court time after an early exit at Birmingham

 

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Nature Valley international Draws & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles

Qualifying

 

[1] Caroline Wozniacki

With the Australian Open champion hanging on to the No. 2 spot, and following from the withdrawal of Simona Halep, Wozniacki grabs the top spot in Eastbourne, which is a regular on her schedule. Sve for maybe only a couple of years, she has always been able to rely on pretty deep runs here as preparation for Wimbledon, and having not played since Roland Garros, she will be hoping to match or better her run to the final last year.

Wozniacki’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Irina Camelia-Begiu
  • R3: Johanna Konta [13]
  • QF: Ashleigh Barty [8]
  • SF: Angelique Kerber [4]
  • F: Karolina Pliskova

 

[2] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final of the WTA Mutua Madrid Open, 2018

Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final of the WTA Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It was a disappointing start to the grass court season for the Czech, who did admit that she always seems to do well in the run-up tournaments, but when it switches focus to Wimbledon it does not seem to come together for her, having never got past the second round!

She is in a Czech heavy potential path to the final looking to face in-form compatriots Barbora Strycova and Petra Kvitova.

Pliskova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • R3: Barbora Strycova [14]
  • QF: Julia Goerges [6]
  • SF: Petra Kvitova [3]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]

 

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[3] Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic, WTA Birmingham 2018

Petra Kvitova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic, WTA Birmingham 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

While she might have played down her return to a surface she loves, in terms of feeling no pressure to defend her Birmingham title, she is in another final in the Midlands before heading down south, so it remains to be seen if she stays the course in Eastbourne, the week before Wimbledon.

She could well face Daria Gavrilova for the second time in as many tournaments as the first seed in the third round

Kvitova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Alizé Cornet
  • R3: Daria Gavrilova [13]
  • QF: Jelena Ostapenko [5]
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [2]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]

 

[4] Angelique Kerber

After having started the year looking an awful lot better than after having won two Grand Slams and attained the World No. 1 spot, it looked as though Kerber was back on her way up. She has been largely steady this year with decent showings and did surprisingly better on the clay than perhaps she might have expected.

She eschewed these shores and our rainy ilk for Mallorca for grass court time, only go out in the opening round.

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Dominika Cibulkova
  • R3: Carla Suarez Navarro [16]
  • QF: Daria Kasatkina [7]
  • SF: Caroline Wozniacki [1]
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [1]
The Nature Valley International takes place between 24 -30 June

 

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