2016 Aegon International

Aegon International main draw

Top eight seeds get a bye at Devonshire Park

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The main draw ceremony took place in front of the general public with eager fans gathering at the picnic area adjacent to Centre Court.

The star-studded draw boasts 18 of the world’s top 30 WTA Tour players comprising seven former champions.

Switzerland’s world #8 Belinda Bencic returns to defend her title, but has skipped two months off the circuit because of a back injury. On grass she stuttered to the Ricoh Open in Holland but retired at last week’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham because of a thigh strain following a tumble in the opening game at Edgbaston’s Priory Club.

American ace Madison Keys captured the 2014 crown, and is fast approaching a debut in the world’s top 10.

Russian Elena Vesnina won in 2013, Ekaterina Makarova in 2010 and Caroline Wozniacki scooped the 2009 crown.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, the top seed and world #3, has a shot at adding this year’s title to her 2008 triumph.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, winner in 2004, is also in the main draw and a regular face at Eastbourne’s pre-Wimbledon tournament.

As well as Radwanska and Bencic, two other players currently in the top 10 will compete at this year’s Aegon International – namely Italian world #7 Roberta Vinci and world #10 Timea Bacsinszky from Switzerland.

Radwanska has a bye so plays the winner of the Barbora Strycova and in-form CoCo Vandeweghe.

Eugenie Bouchard, the charismatic Canadian faces a qualifier and if successful will face Irina-Camelia Begu in the 2nd Round.

Swiss star Bacsinszky has a tough task in her first match, given an opening round bye she will be up against either Belgian Yanina Wickmayer or France’s Kristina Mladenovic.

Keys has an easier task, with either British wildcard Naomi Broady or a qualifier for her 2nd Round opponent.

Alize Cornet, who has come into the main draw as a replacement for absent American Sloane Stephens, faces Denmark’s Wozniacki who is languishing around the world’s top 50. The winner will tackle Aussie ace Sam Stosur.

In the lower half of the draw Bencic will begin the defence of her title against either British #2 Heather Watson or Russian Vesnina.

And all eyes will be on British #1 Johanna Konta, who has a simple task – on paper that is – against either Laura Siegemund or Lesia Tsurenko.

Singles Draw | Doubles Draw (PDF)

 

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