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  • Top Seeds: Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko
  • Defending Champion: Laura Siegemund
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STUTTGART, GERMANY – Last year’s champion Laura Siegemund returns after an injury struck year to try and reclaim her title.

 

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Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

WTA Stuttgart $816,000 R2 25-Apr
S Halep [1] (ROU) 46 62 63 M Rybarikova (SVK)
  R1  
A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 76(7) 57 64 M Keys (USA)
V Kudermetova [Q] (RUS) 76(5) 62 C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Z Diyas [Q] (KAZ) 63 62 C Witthoeft [LL] (GER)
C Vandeweghe [WC] (USA) 61 60 S Stephens [7] (USA)
A Kontaveit (EST) 57 76(3) 76(5) K Mladenovic (FRA)
A Kerber (GER) 63 62 P Kvitova [8] (CZE)

 

WTA Stuttgart $816,000 R1 24-Apr
M Kostyuk (UKR) [Q]  64 61 A Lottner [WC] (GER)
Ka Pliskova [5] (CZE) 62 62 K Bertens (NED)
C Garcia [6] (FRA) 36 76(6) 64 M Sharapova [WC] (RUS)
M Vondrousova (CZE) [Q] 62 62 J Goerges (GER)
L Siegemund [WC] (GER) 64 63 B Strycova (CZE)

 

WTA Stuttgart $816,000 R1 23-Apr
M Rybarikova (SVK) 62 62 D Kasatkina (RUS)

[1] Simona Halep

The start of the European clay court season could herald the ascent at last of Halep to finally lay the ground work and win her maiden Slam at Roland Garros. After a solid run at Indian Wells, Miami could maybe be seen as a bit of a disappointment, and the slick, quick indoor clay might be quite the adjustment after her winning turn on the clay in Kluj.

 

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Daria Kasatkina
  • QF: Sloane Stephens [7]
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [3]
  • F: Garbiñe Muguruza [2]

With decent wining head to head margins over Daria Kasatkina and Sloane Stephens, we ought to expect Halep to make a run at least to the semi-finals, but she will have to look to overturn a two-match losing spree against Elina Svitolina. Having lost to her in the Rome final, she ought to be wary of her on the clay, although she did exact some measure of revenge straight after on the way to the Roland Garros final.

While she has struggled against Garbiñe Muguruza overall in their head to head, she has a win over her in their only clay court encounter – in Stuttgart three years ago, so she might fancy her chances to edge the big one if they meet in the final.

 

[2] Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza | WTA Finals, Singapore 2017

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during the first round-robin group match at the 2017 WTA Finals tennis tournament

After starting the year with injury woes it looked as though Muguruza had hit her stride with some great performances over the Middle East swing, but the wheels came off in Indian Wells, with a slow pick up through Miami and Monterrey, where she picked up the title.

 

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Madison Keys
  • QF: Petra Kvitova [8]
  • SF: Jelena Ostapenko [4]
  • F: Simona Halep [1]

With Stuttgart often having a stacked field, we can always expect some early danger match-ups, and this is no exception. Muguruza could be in trouble early as she faces Madison Keys in her opener and trails the American 1-3 in their head to head. Things get no better as she also trails an in-form Petra Kvitova who has already had two solid wins on the clay here in Stuttgart as part of the victorious Czech fed Cup team beating Germany.

If she gets as far as the semi-finals she might fancy her chances against defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, and indeed incumbent World No. 1 Halep, but it could be a tough ask.

 

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[3] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2018 | (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It is a first time outing on the dirt this season for Svitolina who has picked up silverware already this year, and she makes her debut at the Porsche Arena.

 

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Julia Goerges
  • QF: Caroline Garcia [6]
  • SF: Simona Halep [1]
  • F: Garbiñe Muguruza [2]

It is not an easy start for her – she has yet to record a win over the resurgent German Julia Goerges who is flip-flopping with Angelique Kerber for the title of top German these days. The first player she has a winning margin over would be at the semi-final stage (against Halep) and Muguruza – but she will do well to get that far.

 

[4] Jelena Ostapenko

The Latvian returns having had to go through qualifying last year and bowing out in the opening round. How times have changed as she will start to have to fend off questions about her forthcoming Roland Garros defence.

She last took to the court on tour for the Miami final, and put in two winning performances this Fed Cup weekend on indoor clay in Russia.

 

Path to final (on rankings)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Qualifier
  • QF: Karolina Pliskova [5]
  • SF: Garbiñe Muguruza [2]
  • F: Simona Halep [1]

Ostapenko arguably has the easiest draw out of the top four seeds, starting with a qualifier before Karolina Pliskova who picked up a win for the Czechs in fed Cup here in Stuttgart. She might have her hands full with a potential semi-final against Muguruza, and with honours even against Halep, it could go either way if the final comes down to this pair.

 

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix takes place between 23-29 April (BST -1 hour).

 

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