2016 Aegon International

2016 Players entry list

Devonshire Park favourite Wozniacki returns

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.

[table2 caption=”2016 Aegon International Main Draw” colwidth=”50|300|50|50″ colalign=”center|left|center|center”]
1,Agnieszka Radwanska,3,POL
2,Roberta Vinci,7,ITA
3,Belinda Bencic,8,SUI
4,Petra Kvitova,9,CZE
5,Timea Bacsinszky,10,SUI
6,Carla Suarez Navarro,11,ESP
7,Lucie Safarova,15,CZE
8,Sara Errani,18,ITA
9,Svetlana Kuznetsova,19,RUS
10,Karolina Pliskova,20,CZE
11,Sloane Stephens,21,USA
12,Samantha Stosur,22,AUS
13,Johanna Konta,23,GBR
14,Madison Keys,24,USA
15,Dominika Cibulkova,26,SVK
16,Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova,27,RUS
17,Kristina Mladenovic,28,FRA
18,Ekaterina Makarova,29,RUS
19,Andrea Petkovic,30,GER
20,Caroline Wozniacki,31,DEN
21,Daria Gavrilova,32,AUS
22,Daria Kasatkina,33,RUS
23,Monica Niculescu,34,ROU
24,Irina-Camelia Begu,35,ROU
25,Barbora Strycova,36,CZE
26,Anna Karolina Schmiedlova,37,SVK
27,Laura Siegemund,38,GER
28,Jelena Ostapenko,39,LAT
29,Coco Vandeweghe,40,USA
30,Annika Beck,41,GER
31,Lesia Tsurenko,42,UKR
32,Camila Giorgi,43,ITA
33,Misaki Doi,45,JPN
34,Eugenie Bouchard,46,CAN
35,Elena Vesnina,47,RUS

*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.


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