By Britwatch Team
- Top seeds: Roberta Vinci, Laura Siegemund, Annika Beck, Lesia Tsurenko
- Defending Champion: Karin Knapp
NURNBERG, GERMANY – With the French Open right around the corner, Roberta Vinci enters Nurnberg as the top seed in search of form.
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Top Quarter: Vinci/Doi
First seeded Vinci is looking to snap her three match losing streak that extends back to Stuttgart here. Going into the French Open with that sort of form is not ideal for any player, never-mind the world number 7. The Italian has a section full of qualifiers including Kiki Bertens and Tatjana Maria who will look to break the Vinci code.
Misaki Doi enters Nurnberg off the back of a quarter final run in Rome. The Japanese will be looking to extend her good form heading into Roland Garros with another deep run here. Bethanie Mattek-Sands will entertain her in the opening round. Irina Falconi awaits the winner of that one in the second round.
Second Quarter: Tsurenko/Putintseva
Lesia Tsurenko is another player who comes into the tournament without good form behind her. The Ukrainian came through her opening round match unscathed but will likely endure tougher matches during the course of the week.
Yulia Putintseva will certainly bring a bit of feistiness to the tournament. The Kzakh herself is riding a two match losing streak and is in search of wins. Olga Fridman should be a simple enough first round match-up, but Julia Goerges in the second round will certainly prove to be more difficult.
Third Quarter: Beck/Friedsam
Home crowd hopes will rest on the Germans in the draw in which Annika Beck is one of them. The third seed brings a consistent game to the table, but has some goodplayers in her section including Teliana Pereira who will meet her in round one. Nicole Gibbs will play the winner in the second round.
Anna-Lena Friedsam is another German looking for success In her home country this week. She will play Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in the first round. Christina McHale might be a dark=horse bet to make it out of this quarter. The American faces Nao Hibino in the first round.
Bottom Quarter: Siegemund/Lisicki
Laura Siegemund impressed the German fans with her performance in Stuttgart a few weeks a go which saw her reach the final. She lost to Angelique Kerber on that day, but if she can carry that form into Nurnberg the second seed is a title favourite. Carina Witthoeft or Mariana Duque-Marino will provide the biggest obstacle before the last eight.
Sabine Lisicki is always a name to look out for in any draw. The German might be inconsistent, but at her best she can beat anyone. Lara Arruabarrena will face Lisicki in the first round. Varvara Lepchenko could provide a big hitting challenge for the winner in round two.
WTA Nurnberg takes place on May 15th-21st
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