2014 Aegon International

Three stars unlikely to shine

Sara Errani, Lucie Safarova and Sam Stosur are all accomplished players on the WTA Tour, but when it comes to grass they are not expected to produce fireworks.

Errani’s unorthodox serve has never helped her carve out the results expected on the service and the Italian ace has raced into the world’s top 10 thanks to her formidable game on clay.

At 2013 Wimbledon she was outclassed by Puerto Rico’s rising star Monica Puig yet has a natural prowess at the net. If she wants to make an impact at Eastbourne then her serve is going to need to be fine-tuned other an early exit is on the cards.

Safarovahas failed to progress past the 3rd Round at Wimbledon with just four wins in eight annual visits to SW19.

The Czech left-hander has even struggled at Doubles on grass, picking up just one triumph in eight seasons at Wimbledon.

Despite sitting pretty just outside the world’s top 20, Safarova has not progressed any further than the quarter-final stage on the WTA Tour in 2014 – so isn’t expected to make much of an impact on the Devonshire Park grass.

Stosur, who has surprised herself in the past at Eastbourne then struggled at Wimbledon, does not have a game suited to grass as she tends to punch a slow, high-bouncing balls with real venom.

The Australian was once tipped by her ex-coach John Alexander to win Wimbledon, yet has picked up a mere eight wins in 11 visits to the Grand Slam in London.

And she even crashed out of the 1st Round of the 2012 Olympic Games to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, despite having outclassed her at 2012 Wimbledon a few weeks before on the very same grass surface at SW19.

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