Errani’s clay court season has not been her best so the Italian has taken a wildcard into Strasbourg in hope of finding some much needed form. Monica Puig is a dangerous round one proposition as the Puerto Rican holds a 2-0 head to head advantage over her. Yaroslava Shvedova is famous for inflicting a golden set on the top seed so we know what she is capable of
Elena Vesnina has found some of her old form this year and could benefit from any upset of Errani. The Russian plays Saisai Zheng in the opening round. British interest will lie with Heather Watson who has shown some decent form over the past few weeks. Watson could be a dark horse contender for the title here. She plays Kateryna Bondarenko in round one.
Sam Stosur returns to Strasbourg to defend her title with some decent results on clay this year. A final in Prague was followed by a semi final in Madrid- not a bad showing from the former French Open finalist. Qualifier Lauren Davis will entertain Stosur in round one. Su-Wei Hsieh brings her unusual game to the winner in round two.
Caroline Garcia is now a seed here thanks to the withdrawal of Monica Niculescu earlier today. The Frenchwoman is looking to re-find her early season form in time for her home grand slam this week. Garcia will test her skills against Kirsten Flipkens in a potentially entertaining first round affair. The winner should progress to the quarter finals.
Speaking of French hopefuls, Kristina Mladenovic has snapped her four match losing streak by defeating Madison Brengle here in round one. Despite her recent doubles success, the 23 year old has not been in the best of form lately and needs a boost ahead of the French Open. The fourth seed will play Alison Riske in the second round, she defeated Alize Lim in her opening round match.
Alize Cornet was the other seed in this quarter but her return to France was cut short by Alla Kudryavtseva in round one. The upset has opened up the third quarter for a surprise quarter finalist with Zarina Diyas being the only other main draw acceptance in the section. Tie that with Mladenovic’s form and there’s a possibility of a shock name in the last four.
Sloane Stephens is a player that you can never predict. She can either go all the way or lose in the opening round, either way the American is the second seed and a title favourite here. Donna Vekic awaits in round one with Shuai Zhang or Pauline Parmentier awaiting the winner.
Timea Babos will bring her power to the table in this section. The Hungarian could have a tasty looking round two with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni providing they beat Olga Govortsova and Qiang Wang in their respective openers. The winner of that should meet Stephens in the last eight, but as we have found out recently, anything can happen in the WTA.
The Internationaux de Strasbourg takes place on May 15th-21st
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