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  • Top Seeds: Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova
  • Defending Champion: Karolina Pliskova
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STUTTGART, GERMANY – Last year’s champion Karolina Pliskova returns to defend her title in a field with six of the World’s Top 8.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA Premier
Surface Clay (I)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $886,077
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Top seeds [1] Naomi Osaka

[2] Simona Halep

[3] Petra Kvitova

[4] Karolina Pliskova

[5] Angelique Kerber

[6] Kiki Bertens

[7] Anastasija Sevastova

[8] Anett Kontaveit

Top Half [1] Naomi Osaka

[5] Angelique Kerber

[4] Karolina Pliskova

[8] Anett Kontaveit

Bottom Half [7] Anastasija Sevastsova

[3] Petra Kvitova

[6] Kiki Bertens

[2] Simona Halep

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Naomi Osaka

The current reigning US Open and Australian Open will be hoping it will be third time’s the charm for advancement in Stuttgart. From not making it out of qualies in 2016, and losing to Britain’s Johanna Konta in 2017, the slick indoor clay of Stuttgart has not been her friend, although in fairness in 2017, she came through three qualifying rounds before falling in the first round

Path to final (seeding/ranking)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Wang Qiang
  • QF: Angelique Kerber [5]
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [4]
  • F: Simona Halep [2]

Things immediately get tricky for her if she comes up against No. 5 seed and two-time champion Angelique Kerber. She trails the German 1-4 but this will be their first encounter on clay. For all Kerber’s protestations of hating the dirt, she has more of an affinity for this fast-sliding stuff indoors and is feeling well rested after a busy summer.

If she overcomes that hurdle, next up could be defending champion Karolina Pliskova, who hopefully by now has learned to drive the Porsche she won last year! Here the chances are a little more evenly matches with two wins apiece.

Simona Halep also seems to have it in her head that this is not her surface in Stuttgart, but her strong record against Osaka could go her way if they meet in the final.

 

[2] Simona Halep

Simona Halep in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells 2019

Simona Halep in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Coming from a gruelling and ultimately disappointing Fed Cup semi-final, there might be a little more fire in the belly for Halep, who has actually reached two semi-finals here.

Path to final (seeding/ranking)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Andrea Petkovic
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [6]
  • SF: Petra Kvitova [3]
  • F: Naomi Osaka [1]

With Stuttgart often having a stacked field, we can always expect some early danger match-ups, and She ought to be comfortable enough in reaching the quarter-final, but Kiki Bertens has had the measure of her on clay before (back in their early days in 2012) but most recently in the 2018 Cincinnati final. It was proof to the Dutchwoman that she could translate her clay game to other surfaces and their head to head is tight, in Halep’s favour (3-2).

She might fancy her chances with a winning record over Petra Kvitova, but her clay court pedigree has been impressive in past years, but should she be in the final against Osaka, she ought to eye up the title.

 

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[3] Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Australian Open 2019, Melbourne

Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Australian Open 2019, Melbourne | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Another two-time semi-finalist, Kvitova has enjoyed a bit of a break, including forgoing her beloved Fed Cup, and she might fancy her chances of getting further in Stuttgart this time.

Path to final (seeding/ranking)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Dominika Cibulkova
  • QF: Anastasija Sevastova [7]
  • SF: Simona Halep [2]
  • F: Naomi Osaka [1]

She will have to reduce a 1-2 deficit from Anastasija Sevastova, and we could be in for a real treat of a semi-final if she ends up facing Halep. With the prospect of a potential Australian Open final re-match should she and Osaka both reach the final we could see a small hint of revenge.

 

[4] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the third round robin match of the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore

Karolina Pliskova in the third round robin match of the WTA Finals 2018, Singapore | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The defending champion makes up the top four seeds. Also, back on court for the first time since Miami, it has not been a bad year for the Czech with quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals all year so far.

Path to final (seeding/ranking)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Garbiñe Muguruza
  • QF: Anett Kontaveit [8]
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [1]
  • F: Simona Halep [2]

Will she make it two Porsche’s in a row? It was a trying Fed Cup for Garbiñe Muguruza, eventually helping Spain over the line in the deciding doubles, and Pliskova’s record is impressive enough, save for the fact that Muguruza has her only win over her on the clay.

It might be a more intriguing match-up should she face Osaka in the semi-final, but possibly an uphill task trailing Halep in their head to head, if they face off in the final.

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