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.
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6,Carla Suarez Navarro,11,ESP
26,Anna Karolina Schmiedlova,37,SVK
*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.