With Wimbledon just 1 week away, we will take a look at what’s up for grabs this week and who will be making appearance just before the Grand Slam event to try polish their Grass game
The ATP World Tour event formerly held in Eastbourne returns to Nottingham for the first time since 2009. Top Seed is David Ferrer who will be making his grass debut this year. He didn’t have any preparations last year for Wimbledon and was bounced out in R2 in 5 sets by 119-th ranked Andrey Kuznetsov. Known for his Clay court record and a resilient attitude, he hasn’t been that bad in the previous years on this fast surface with QF in London just 2 years ago. From the pack at the top part of the Draw, the one that stands out is Viktor Troicki, who is currently in Queens for a bid to reach the final against Murray.
Their match was postponed for Sunday because of rain. The Winner of that one will face Kevin Anderson in the final later the same day. Bottom half has No.2 seed Gilles Simon, playing again, after losing a SF in Queens and Halle’s Finalist Andreas Seppi, as they can potentially meet in the QF. But that side has always dangerous on Grass Feliciano Lopez and the likes of Sam Querrey and Dominik Thiem. The Austrian will be looking for his first win of the season on Green as he dropped R1 matches in Stuttgart (to M.Zverev) and Halle (to Nishikori) so far. Draw is quite open with questions all around and I wouldn’t be surprised to see surprising semifinals and even a Champion as well.
2nd Premier event in a row for the girls with a big field of 48 players including interesting names all around. All 16 seeds are within the top 23 players of the world which is just what every fan wants, top clashes from the get go. First tournament for Petra Kvitova on grass after her Wimbledon title last year, and she is also the 1st seed. Lucie Safarova will be playing her first match after the Roland Garros Final and Karolina Pliskova is in the top part of the draw as well.
The Czech is bidding for first top 10 ranking if she wins against Kerber in the final in Birmingham played on Sunday. And speaking of Kerber she is playing here as well, as she tries to defend her final from last year where she lost to Madison Keys… The American can face the slumping Bouchard in the 3rd round of the competition and a ¼ final vs either Muguruza or Makarova. The field is really packed and will be really hard for Keys to defend her title from 12 months ago. Dominika Cibulkova, who has been sidelined since the beginning of February and underwent surgery on her heel in March, returns this week as well. With so many great players all around this draw it’s really hard to pick a winner, but expect fierce competition to get the title.
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