Dominika Cibulkova, who has been missing off the circuit since February following surgery for the Achilles injury that had held her back during the second half of the 2014 season, makes her return to the WTA Tour with a debut appearance at Eastbourne.
The Slovakian #1 has slipped down to world #50 despite reaching two quarter-finals – including the Australian Open – out of the four tournaments she has competed in this year.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova was promoted into the main draw after 2015 French Open semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky withdrew to concentrate on Wimbledon. Schmiedlova has yet to progress past the 1st Round at Wimbledon and makes her debut in the main draw at Eastbourne.
2014 Aegon International: N/A
2015 French Open: N/A
2014 Wimbledon: 3rd Round
Best Wimbledon: Quarter-final (2011)
Biggest scalp: Maria Sharapova at 2014 Australian Open
Chances of winning: Possible after months away from the circuit. Her aggressive style of play has brought success in all four Grand Slam events, most notably as a relative newcomer to reach the 2009 French Open semi-finals. She stormed to the final of the 2014 Australian Open but fell to China’s Na Li. Achilles tendon problems saw her form dip in late 2014, shortly after she had cracked the world’s top 10 for the first time. Does not fear top players and Grand Slam champions as possesses an attacking style of play, is rapid around the court and commands the net despite her diminutive size.
2014 Aegon International: Beaten by Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in Qualifying
2015 French Open: Beaten in 1st Round by Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck
2014 Wimbledon: 1st Round
Best Wimbledon: 1st Round (2013 & 2104)
Biggest scalp: Venus Williams at 2014 French Open
Chances of winning: Slim. She has scooped a place in the main draw at the Aegon International following Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky. Notched her maiden title in the 2015 Katowice Open in Poland to defeat Italian Camila Giorgi. Made the 1st Round in back-to-back Wimbledon appearances, winning three Qualifying Rounds at SW19 in 2013 before bowing out to Aussie veteran Sam Stosur. Still learning the ropes on the circuit but possesses a solid all-round game so could be a top 20 player in years to come, having already reached a career-high of world #43 in May 2015.
Birth Date: 13 SEPTEMBER 1994
Birth Place: KOSICE, SLOVAKIA
Residence: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Height: 1.75m (5 FT. 9 IN.)
Weight: 63.2kg (139 LBS.)