Out of the top 16 seeds at Wimbledon, 11 players originally entered the 2015 Aegon International at Eastbourne. However, three of these cited injury and never played a shot at Devonshire Park, with three players withdrawing – of which two exited midway through a match against Swiss sensation Belinda Bencic.
Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova (#2 seed) arrived in Eastbourne on the Thursday before the tournament and disappeared off to London the following Wednesday without playing at Eastbourne.
The top seed claimed she felt unwell and made a last-gasp decision to withdraw on the Monday, recuperating on the sunny south as the left-hander prepared to defend her Wimbledon crown. With two Wimbledon titles from her past four visits to SW19, and having reached at least the quarter-final stage since 2009, Kvitova seems very comfortable on the grass.
The draw has been generous to her, with projected seeded players of Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic (#28 seed) in the 3rd Round, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska (#13 seed) in the 4th Round and Russian Ekaterina Makarova (#8 seed) in the quarter-finals.
Two other top seeds at The Championships, Germany’s Angelique Kerber (#10 seed) and Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinky (#15 seed) never made it to the south coast resort of Eastbourne but return to grass when they both Germans face Karina Witthoeft and Julia Goerges respectively in the 1st Round.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki (#5 seed) and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard (#12 seed) both found it so tough against 18-year-old Bencic that they both retired hurt on Devonshire Park’s Centre Court. They are expected to complete their matches at SW19 and have each been set 1st Round opponents from China in Saisai Zheng and Qualifier Duan Ying-Ying.
The Eastbourne finalists, Bencic and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska (#13 seed) will be weary from their exploits and will need to rest before they tackle Bulgaria’s Tsvetsana Pironkova and Czech Lucie Hradecka respectively.
Johanna Konta, the British #3 whose wondrous form resulted in reaching the quarter-final stage at her adopted home town tournament this week, has been awarded a wildcard entry but handed a thankless 1st Round task of taking on Russian Maria Sharapova (#4 seed). But another Brit, 18-year-old Londoner Harriet Dart, failed to be awarded a wildcard at Wimbledon despite gaining one for the Eastbourne event.
Wimbledon matches involving 2015 Aegon International main draw entrants in bold:
Pavlyuchenkova A. vs. Barthel M.
Gavrilova D. vs. Begu I. (29)
Bencic B. (30) vs. Pironkova T.
Duan Y. (Q) vs. Bouchard E. (12)
Brengle M. vs. Williams V. (16)
Duque-Marino M. vs. Broady N. (WC)
Hantuchova D. vs. Cibulkova D.
Konjuh A. vs. Cornet A. (25)
Paszek T. (Q) vs. Dellacqua C.
Dulgheru A. vs. Mladenovic K.
Erakovic M. vs. Putintseva Y.
Errani S. (19) vs. Schiavone F.
Gajdosova J. vs. Lisicki S. (18)
Pereira T. vs. Giorgi C. (31)
Hercog P. vs. Davis L.
Witthoeft C. vs. Kerber A. (10)
Keys M. (21) vs. Voegele S.
Sharapova M. (4) vs. Konta J. (WC)
Bertens K. vs. Kvitova P. (2)
Kuznetsova S. (26) vs. Siegemund L. (Q)
Makarova E. (8) vs. Vickery S. (Q)
Muguruza G. (20) vs. Lepchenko V.
Larsson J. vs. McHale C.
Puig M. vs. Niculescu M.
Rogers S. vs. Petkovic A. (14)
Pennetta F. (24) vs. Diyas Z.
Pliskova Ka. (11) vs. Falconi I.
Radwanska A. (13) vs. Hradecka L.
Riske A. vs. Safarova L. (6)
Vandeweghe C. vs. Schmiedlova A. K.
Strycova B. (27) vs. Stephens S.
Kovinic D. vs. Stosur S. (22)
Suarez Navarro C. (9) vs. Ostapenko J. (WC)
Doi M. vs. Svitolina E. (17)
Watson H. vs. Garcia C. (32)
Wozniacki C. (5) vs. Zheng S.
Wimbledon Draw, top 16 seeds:
Carla Suarez Navarro