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  • Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Zhang Shuai
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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Former champions Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska are the ones to watch in the draw this week.

 

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Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

WTA Istanbul  $250,000 R2 25-Apr
I-C Begu [7] (ROU) 64 64 C McHale (USA)
S Kuznetsova [2] (RUS) 75 46 61 V Tomova [Q] (BUL)
P Parmentier (FRA) 62 26 63 Y Putintseva (KAZ)
  R1  
S Errani (ITA) 63 64 K Flipkens (BEL)
A Krunic (SRB) 16 61 64 E Makarova [5] (RUS)
A Tomljanovic (AUS) 63 63 A Van Uytvanck (BEL)
K Bondarenko (UKR) 46 64 60 I Oz [WC] (TUR)

 

WTA Istanbul  $250,000 R1 24-Apr
I-C Begu [7] (ROU) 75 60 D Jakupovic [Q] (SLO)
Y Putintseva (KAZ) 06 61 60 S Cirstea [6] (ROU)
V Tomova [Q] (BUL) 75 64 V Ivakhnenko [Q] (RUS)
P Parmentier (FRA) 62 62 A Aksu [WC] (TUR)
D Kovinic [Q] (MNE) 63 63 A Kalinskaya [Q] (RUS)
A Rus [Q] (NED) 62 63 Zhang S [4] (CHN)
D Vekic (CRO) 61 20 RET A Radwanska [3] (POL)
P Hercog (SLO) 62 75 A Sabalenka [8] (BLR)
M Sakkari (GRE) 75 62 C Buyukakcay [WC] (TUR)
C Wozniacki [1] (DEN) 62 62 E Alexandrova (RUS)

 

WTA Istanbul  $250,000 R1 23-Apr
S Kuznetsova [2] (RUS) 63 63 Wang Q (CHN)
C McHale (USA) 76(4) 46 63 M Barthel (GER)

 

[1] Caroline Wozniacki

Australian Open champion, and former World No. 1 returns to Istanbul for the first time in four years, as she looks to capture a second title here and her second this year. Although Wozniacki picked up the pace again after her win in Melbourne, with a run to the Doha semi-final, her US hard court swing was a little disappointing. Clay is not her strongest surface but she has had decent form here in the past.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: Ekatarina Alexandrova
  • R2: Kirsten Flipkens
  • QF: Sorana Cirstea [6]
  • SF: Agnieszka Radwanska [3]
  • F: Svetlana Kuznetsova [2]

 

[2] Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2017 WTA Mutua Madrid Open (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It has been an injury-strewn start to the year for the veteran Russian who did not return to the court until Indian Wells and Miami, going out in the early rounds and she has yet to pick up a win as she makes her debut in Istanbul.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: Wang Qiang
  • R2: Qualifier
  • QF: Aryna Sabalenka [8]
  • SF: Zhang Shuai [4]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]

 

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 [3] Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Photo by Rob Prange/REX/Shutterstock | Agnieszka Radwanska US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

From being a permanent fixture in the Top 10, Radwanska has slipped down the rankings a lot, and so misses out on being in Stuttgart, but as a former champion here, she returns to Istanbul for the first time in 10 years.

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: Donna Vekic
  • R2: Alison Van Uytvanck
  • QF: Irina-Camelia Begu [7]
  • SF: Caroline Wozniacki [1]
  • F: Svetlana Kuznetsova [2]

 

[4] Zhang Shuai

Zhang Shuai at the Shenzhen Open, WTA Shenzhen 2018

Photo by Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock | Zhang Shuai at the Shenzhen Open, WTA Shenzhen 2018

Despite ending the year with a couple of lower level titles, the start of the season saw Zhang come up short for back to back wins until Budapest and Acapulco, and as she starts her clay court season with her

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: Qualifier
  • R2: Qualifier
  • Ekaterina Makarova [5]
  • SF: Svetlana Kuznetsova [2]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]
The TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup takes place between 23-29 April (BST +2 hours).

 

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