By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Caroline Garcia, Carla Suárez Navarro
- Defending Champion: Heather Watson
- British Interest: Heather Watson, Naomi Broady, Tara Moore [Q], Samantha Murray [Q]
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MONTERREY, MEXICO – Led by the World No. 1, can Angelique Kerber, the hard courts tempt the field to Mexico where Heather Watson will try and defend her title.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Monterrey $250,000||R1||3 Apr|
|S Sorribes Tormo (ESP)||76(8) 63||E Bouchard (CAN)|
|D Vekic (CRO)||64 61||P-M Tig (ROU)|
|J Boserup (USA)||60 62||N Hibino (JPN)|
|C Garcia  (FRA)||46 62 63||R Zarazua [WC] (MEX)|
|N Broady (USA)||76(7) 64||C Bellis (USA)|
|A Pavlyuchenkova  (RUS||61 63||T Maria (GER)|
 Angelique Kerber
World No. 1 Angelique Kerber will be looking to consolidate her position in the top spot in Monterrey and attempting to three-peat her title in Stuttgart and has a couple of tournaments to pick up some points.
She returns to Monterrey for the first time since 2013, were she lost in the final to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (who is interestingly seeded to clash with her once more in the final). She starts off against tour veteran and wildcard Francesca Schiavone who intends to retire at the end of this year.
She looks on course for a deep run on paper, with winning records over both Ekaterina Makarova as a potential quarter-final with fourth seed Carla Suárez Navarro potentially in the semis. Either way it should be a decent in to the clay court season for the German.
 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
As mentioned 2013 champion Pavlyuchenkova has had more than a little luck here, winning back to back titles in 2010 and 2011 and then returning in 2013 for a 15-match unbeaten run before finally meeting her match after 17 straight wins in 2015, and then bombing out in her opener last year.
The Russian has enjoyed a decent start to the year with the quarter-finals in Sydney, the Australian Open and Indian Wells but was bounced out of Miami early. But her form has put her back in the Top 20 and should be relied upon for a good run here.
 Caroline Garcia
Having made the final on her debut in Monterrey, Garcia has enjoyed decent runs here. She was ousted by Heather Watson in the semi-finals as the Brit struck on to win the final. It has been a steady year for the Frenchwoman, but she has yet to set a draw alight.
She ought to get through a wild-card opener, and leads Madison Brengle as a probable second round opponent, but she could face a challenge overturning a three-match losing streak against Christina McHale, should they face each other at the quarter-final stage.
Despite reaching the fourth round of Indian Wells, the humidity of Miami saw her bounced out in the first round, so she will be looking for some form, not to mention defending last year’s points.
 Carla Suárez Navarro
It has so far been a bit of a miserable season for Suárez Navarro who has struggled with injury and for the first time since 2012, has dropped out of the Top 20. She gamely started her season in Melbourne but has yet to score any back to back wins in 2017.
She is making her debut in Monterrey and on paper should be set for a solid run. However, she has Genie Bouchard potentially in the second round and although she leads their head to head, Bouchard is a little more match-hardened this year, although her results in the spring hard court swing have been nothing to write home about.
She may be good for a couple of wins.
The Abierto GNP Seguros in WTA Monterrey takes place between 3-9 April (BST -6 hours).
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