By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka, Ekaterina Makarova
  • Defending Champion: Ekaterina Makarova
  • British Interest: Katie Boulter, Katie Swan, Harriet Dart (Qualifying)
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WASHINGTON, USA – Caroline Wozniacki will want to put aside an abrupt end to her grass court season as she starts her US hard court season as the Citi Open top seed.


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Citi Open Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play


The Top Seeds

[1] Caroline Wozniacki

Despite winning her first Slam, regaining the World No. 1 spot ad winning the Eastbourne title, her run of bad luck at Wimbledon continued as she was bounced out in the second round by Citi Open defending champion Ekaterina Makarova.

The draw has been pretty fair to the Dane – who ought to live up to her top billing.

Wozniacki’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Qualifier
  • R2: Zheng Saisai
  • QF: Aleksandra Krunic [5]
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [3]
  • F: Sloane Stephens [2]


[2] Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018

Sloane Stephens in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

With her US Open title defence looming, and a second Slam final in the books, it is time for Stephens to put an extremely short grass court season (she did no warm-up tournament and crashed out in the opening round) behind her. Since winning the Citi Open back in 2015, she has not made any kind of impact, falling in her opener in the last two years.

Stephens’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bethanie Mattek-Sands [WC]
  • R2: Andrea Petkovic
  • QF: Belinda Bencic [6]
  • SF: Ekaterina Makarova [4]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]





[3] Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka in the semi-final of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells

Naomi Osaka in the semi-final of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells | (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The Indian Wells champion makes her debut at Washington, as she looks to build on her career high earlier this year. On paper she looks good for a run to the semi-final, but there Wozniacki might be a little too much for her.

Osaka’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bernarda Pera
  • R2: Jennifer Brady
  • QF: Donna Vekic [7]
  • SF: Caroline Wozniacki [1]
  • F: Sloane Stephens [2]


[4] Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova © Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The defending champion returns to a tournament that has been lucky for her in the past. She was tice a semi-finalist before finally cracking the silverware last year. While her run to the fourth round was her best run throughout the year, finally getting some back to back wins under her belt all year.

Makarova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Ana Bogdan
  • R2: Svetlana Kuznetsova
  • QF: Yulia Putintseva [8]
  • SF: Sloane Stephens [2]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [1]
The Citi Open takes place between 30 July – 5 August (BST -5 hours).



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