By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Monica Puig, Kristina Mladenovic
- Defending Champion: Sloane Stephens
- British Interest: Naomi Broady
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WASHINGTON, USA – Sloane Stephens returns to defend her title, but faces a tough field.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
 Samantha Stosur
The Aussie may well be looking for a little revenge this year against defending champion Stephens, as she returns to Washington, where she made the semi-final on her debut. It was a competitive first set, before Stephens ran rough-shod over Stosur.
She has not had a particularly strong hard court season this year, although enjoyed a run to the Sydney quarter-finals, and reached the quarter-finals of Strasbourg in May, pulling out before the match.
Her draw could put her against adversary Caroline Wozniacki who made her return to the tour after injury which ruled her off the tour since Miami.
The Dane leads their head to head 6-4, and the Aussie would need to snap a two-match losing streak to advance. Also lurking in this section are the unique stylings of Monica Niculescu who could also be a handful.
 Sloane Stephens
The defending champion seems to have hit a good run if form in 2016, winning three titles already (Auckland, Acapulco and Charleston) as she trundles into the US hard court swing. After a couple of early defeats in Washington, Stephens finally cracked the code, storming through last year without dropping a set.
She may come up against Naomi Broady once more, who carries British hopes in a fairly easy bracket for the defending champion with a couple of wild-cards and a qualifier in the mix, and she can expect some fireworks in the quarter-final against Yulia Putintseva, potentially.
If she is on good form, she should expect to make a good stab at defending her title.
 Monica Puig
The hard court season started well for the Puerto Rican, coming through qualies to make the final in Sydney, but there she seemed to lose her way. She had a handful of back-to-back wins in the surface-switching part of the year before her run to the Eastbourne quarter-final but lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Britain’s Johanna Konta.
Waiting for her as a potential banana-skin is another returnee after an absence. Genie Bouchard comes back to Washington for the first time in three years, and will nope to have a better time of it than her opening defeat.
Closing out the top four seeds is the newly minted Roland Garros doubles champion Mladenovic. She has enjoyed quite a bit of success this year on the other surfaces, but it has been a bit of a mixed story on the hard courts – her best result this year was in Strasbourg where she reached the semi-final, after struggling during the start of the season and in the spring.
She did seem to have more luck once she got past the US Open warm-up events and made the quarter-finals in New York. It’s not the greatest of Win-loss percentages for a surface (53%).
Her best here was the quarter-finals in 2014, but it was a disappointing crash out last year in the opening round, so she will hope to go a little better here.
The Citi Open takes place between 18-24 July.
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