By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Timea Bacsinszky, Jelena Jankovic, Kiki Bertens, Caroline Garcia
- Defending Champion: Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
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GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND – The inaugural Ladies Championship Gstaad takes place this week, and can boast a hefty field of talent, headed by home hope Timea Bacsinszky.
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 Timea Bacsinszky
By now her return to the tour has been well documented, and when you hear her speak about her background, her heritage, it is no wonder she is a walking stream of consciousness. After injuries alone took her out of action between 2011-2014 and her amazing breakthrough season last year, seeing her finish at No. 12 in the world, she heads up the field in this new tournament.
She did not quite make it to defending her points at this year’s French Open, after making it to the semi-final in 2015, but she put together some very strong results on the clay this year. Her quarter is almost entirely made up qualifiers, so she should coast to at least the last eight if not all the way.
 Jelena Jankovic
It is still a mystery how the clay just does not seem to work for one of the best counter-punchers out there. Somehow the extra time to set up points gives the volatile Serb even more time to think and her shot selection can go awry but she has had some decent results from time to time on the dirt.
This year in particular has been awful for Jankovic on the dirt, with first round exits pretty much everywhere (Madrid, Rome and the French Open) so can she reverse the trend before hitting the hard courts again for the US Open and Olympic swing?
She starts with a wildcard and has a decent shot of making the quarters at least.
 Kiki Bertens
After a rough spring with no main draw back to back wins from the Australian Open up until Miami, where she had to retire against Angelique Kerber, the clay saw her resurgence in quite some style. She reached the semi-finals of Rabat and won Nurnberg before a tremendous run at the French Open, defeating Kerber in the opening round, and then running l the way to a semi-final loss against Serena Williams.
She should enjoy a good run here after a short lived run on the grass, reaching the third round of Wimbledon.
 Caroline Garcia
Another player who enjoyed solid success ahead of the French Open, Garcia actually found a way to enjoy the whole experience of playing her home Slam. Where once she would prefer to be on some court nearer the car park, she might have gone out early to Agnieszka Radwanska in the singles but combined with compatriot Kristina Mladenovic to win the women’s doubles title.
Her singles clay courting has been a little lacking this year with first round exits in Charleston, Stuttgart and Rome before turning that on its head for a win in Strasbourg.
The Ladies Championship Gstaad takes place between 11-17 July.
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