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Badosa tops the field at Eastbourne, Serena and Jabeur ready for doubles

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World No.3 Paula Badosa leads a field that includes five of the top 10 at next week’s Rothesay International, which also includes Serena Williams. ready to make his competitive comeback on the doubles court.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion will team with World No.4 Ons Jabeur in doubles and will open against the team of Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round. It will be Williams’ first singles or doubles match in nearly 12 months.

Draws: Individual | Double

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The main draw begins on Sunday, June 19.

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No.3 Badosa leads the singles draw and is set to play her first grass-court tournament of the season. No.4 Jabeur, No.6 Maria Sakkari and No.7 Karolina Pliskova complete the four seeds at Eastbourne. The final seed is number 33 Yulia Putintseva. The top 16 seeds have direct byes to the second round.

Upper half

Along with top seed Badosa, No.4 seed and former champion Pliskova, No.6 seed Coco Gauff and No.7 seed Barbora Krejcikova have been drawn into the top half of the draw. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded 14th, is also in the top half. She could face Pliskova in the third round.

Badosa will open against either Petra Martic or Jodie Burrage and could face a white-hot Beatriz Haddad Maia in the third round. The Brazilian has won her first eight matches of the season on grass, backing up her first title in Nottingham with a run to the semi-finals in Birmingham.

Former No. 2 Krejcikova is also set to play her first grass-court event of the season. The 2021 Roland Garros champion made her Wimbledon debut last year and advanced to the round of 16. At Eastbourne, she will face either Viktorija Golubic or Marta Kostyuk in the second round, with No.10 seed Jill Teichmann looming as a potential third. round opponent.

lower half

Defending champion and No.8 seed Jelena Ostapenko, No.3 seed Sakkari and No.5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza join No.2 seed Jabeur in the bottom half of the draw. Ostapenko is trying to successfully defend a title for the first time in her career, having mowed the field last summer for her fifth career title.

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Ostapenko will start against Ajla Tomljanovic or a qualifier. Her first possible seeded opponent is 2014 champion Madison Keys, seeded 11th.

2017 Wimbledon champion Muguruza is hoping to erase her losing record at Eastbourne, where she is 1-2 in her career. The Spaniard will face a tough opening test against 19-year-old Zheng Qinwen or Poland’s Magdalena Frech. No.12 seed Camila Giorgi or grass court specialist Alison Riske could be waiting in the third round.

Doubles Draw

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Ena Shibahara team up for the first time and lead the field alongside Madrid champions Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos.

Wild cards Williams and Jabeur have been drawn in the bottom half of the draw to face the unseeded duo of Bouzkova and Sorribes Tormo. The winner will face No.4 seeds Lucie Hradecka and Sania Mirza, or Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-Ching.

Bad Homburg presents a strong field

The Bad Homburg Open, a WTA 250 event in Germany, also features a strong draw this year, led by Roland Garros semi-finalist Daria Kasatkina. Berlin finalist Belinda Bencic, defending champion Angelique Kerber and former No.1 Simona Halep.

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