2016 Aegon International

2016 Players entry list

Devonshire Park favourite Wozniacki returns

Caroline Wozniacki, the two-time Grand Slam winner and ex-world #1, has pledged to play at the 2016 Aegon International.

The great Dane, former champion at Eastbourne, is currently sidelined off the WTA Tour with a wrist injury and is unlikely to be fit to compete at this month’s French Open.

Having slipped out if the world’s top 20, Wozniacki remains a force to be reckoned with on grass as her power game suits the fast surface and low bounce.

The former Junior Wimbledon champion has signed up for all three.

2016 Aegon International Main Draw
Number Name Rank* Country
1 Agnieszka Radwanska 3 POL
2 Roberta Vinci 7 ITA
3 Belinda Bencic 8 SUI
4 Petra Kvitova 9 CZE
5 Timea Bacsinszky 10 SUI
6 Carla Suarez Navarro 11 ESP
7 Lucie Safarova 15 CZE
8 Sara Errani 18 ITA
9 Svetlana Kuznetsova 19 RUS
10 Karolina Pliskova 20 CZE
11 Sloane Stephens 21 USA
12 Samantha Stosur 22 AUS
13 Johanna Konta 23 GBR
14 Madison Keys 24 USA
15 Dominika Cibulkova 26 SVK
16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 27 RUS
17 Kristina Mladenovic 28 FRA
18 Ekaterina Makarova 29 RUS
19 Andrea Petkovic 30 GER
20 Caroline Wozniacki 31 DEN
21 Daria Gavrilova 32 AUS
22 Daria Kasatkina 33 RUS
23 Monica Niculescu 34 ROU
24 Irina-Camelia Begu 35 ROU
25 Barbora Strycova 36 CZE
26 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 37 SVK
27 Laura Siegemund 38 GER
28 Jelena Ostapenko 39 LAT
29 Coco Vandeweghe 40 USA
30 Annika Beck 41 GER
31 Lesia Tsurenko 42 UKR
32 Camila Giorgi 43 ITA
33 Misaki Doi 45 JPN
34 Eugenie Bouchard 46 CAN
35 Elena Vesnina 47 RUS
*WTA rankings at time of entry

Wozniacki’s preparations for a shot at winning 2014 Wimbledon were dealt a cruel blow when her golf star fiance, Rory Mcilroy, called off their wedding – and due to the media pressure and her broken heart exited in the 4th Round at SW19.

“I’ve won Eastbourne on grass and done well there so many times, it’s a nice time of year for me because I feel so comfortable playing on grass.”

Boasting another world-class array of players due to set foot at Devonshire Park, there are competitors who have captured Grand Slam titles.

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, but has yet to lift the crown at Eastbourne and is currently slipping down the world rankings.

Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova, who recently stunned American superstar Serena Williams, is a regular at the Aegon International. She won the 2004 US Open and the 2009 French Open.

And Australian veteran Sam Stosur, who made her comeback from illness at Devonshire Park, lifted the 2011 US Open.

The interest in a British star will be paramount, with Eastbourne-based Johanna Konta – who kick-started her career at last year’s tournament – set to be cheered in overload by the enthusiastic Centre Court crowd.

Guernsey girl Heather Watson, a former British #1 and mooted to break into the top 30 this season by Judy Murray, joins the entrants that includes 19 of the world’s top 30 on the WTA Tour.

Defending champion Belinda Bencic has been absent from the circuit since she suffered a back injury and is a major doubt for this month’s French Open, but the Swiss teenager should be fully fit to warm up for Wimbledon at Devonshire Park.

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