Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Kim Clijsters, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli
Eastbourne always has such a ridiculously loaded draw, like Queens, and this year is no exception. If you don’t believe me, take a look at these first-round matches: Wozniacki-Rezai, MJMS-Zvonareva, Radwanska-Azarenka, Pavlyuchenkova-Safarova, Wickmayer-Clijsters, Peer-Zheng, and Kleybanova-Kuznetsova. Amazing stuff.
Congratulations meanwhile to Heather Watson, who beat her first top-1oo opponent in Tsvetana Pironkova to make it to the final round of qualifying. Good girl.
s’Hertogenbosch (hereafter referred to as ‘den Bosch, as a bona fide Dutch person said I could call it)
Top seeds: Justine Henin, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko, Yaroslava Shvedova, Alexandra Dulgheru, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic, Anabel Medina Garrigues
Dinara Safina’s woes continue as she has already been shown the door by Magdalena Rybarikova, last year’s Edgbaston champion, and watch out for bizarrely successful ‘den Bosch-er, Tamarine Tanasugarn.
Singles – First Round
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 67(4) 64 64
(7) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 76(6)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 63 64
Doubles – First Round
(2) Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Arvidsson/Rus (SWE/NED) 61 62
Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (6) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 76(1) 64
(2) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. (7) Greta Arn (HUN) 61 63
(3) Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. Anne Kremer (LUX) 63 61
(5) Julie Coin (FRA) d. (4) Tatjana Malek (GER) 46 64 64