World number 3 Paula Padusa leads a field that includes five of the top 10 at Rothesay International next week, where Serena Williams is also in Set to make a competitive return on the doubles court.
The 23-times major will join the world’s 4th-ranked Ons Jabeur in the doubles and will open against the team of Marie Bozkova and Sara Soribis Tormo in the first round. It will be Williams’ first match in either singles or doubles in nearly 12 months.
The main draw begins on Sunday, June 19.
No. 3 Badosa tops the singles draw and is set to play its first tournament of the grasscourt season. No. 4 Jaber, No. 6 Maria Skari, and No. 7 Karolina Pliskova complete the top four at Eastbourne. The last ranked player is 33rd-ranked Yulia Putintseva. The top 16 seeds have made it to the second round.
The main tie in singles and doubles at Eastbourne.
Paula Padusa, Ons Jaber, Maria Sakkari and Karolina Pliskova lead the singles draw.
Serena Williams and Ons Jabeur will open their double campaign against Bozkova/Soribis Tormo. pic.twitter.com/daNHqBcNtY
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Along with #1 seed Padusa, #4 seed and former champion Pliskova, seed #6, #7 seed Barbora Krejsikova were drawn to the first half of the lottery. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded No. 14, also took first place. She can face Pliskova in the third round.
Padusa will open against Petra Martic or Jodi Bragg and could face Beatrice Haddad Maya in the third round. The Brazilian won her first eight matches of the grasscourt season, cementing her first title in Nottingham by reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham.
Former seeded No. 2 Kryzhikova is also scheduled to play her first grasscourt event of the season. The 2021 Roland Garros champion made her Wimbledon debut last year and proceeded to reach the round of 16, and at Eastbourne she will face either Victoria Golubec or Marta Kostyuk in the second round, with 10th seed Jill Tishman emerging as a possible third. round discount.
Defending champion and seed No. 8 Yelena Ostapenko, seed No. 3 Sakari and seed No. 5 Garbine Muguruza join No. 2 seed Jabeur in the lower half of the draw. Ostapenko is seeking to successfully defend a title for the first time in her career, having cut the court last summer and claiming her fifth professional title.
Ostapenko will open against Agla Tomljanovic or qualifying match. Her first potential opponent is 2014 champion 11th seed Madison Keys.
2017 Wimbledon champion Muguruza is hoping to erase her negative record at Eastbourne, where she was 1-2 in her career. The Spaniard will face a tough opening test against either 19-year-old Zing Chenwen or Magdalena Fritsch of Poland. 12th seed Camila Giorgi or grass-court specialist Alison Riske could wait in the third round.
Top seed Barbora Krizhikova and Ina Shibahara team up for the first time and lead the lottery alongside Madrid champions Gabriela Dabrowski and Juliana Olmos.
Wildcards Williams and Jaber are in the lower half of the draw to face unseeded duo Bozkova and Soribis Tormo. The winner will face either No. 4 seed Lucy Hradika and Sania Mirza or Shoko Aoyama and Chan Hao-cheng.
Bad Homburg has a strong field
The Bad Homburg Open, one of Germany’s 250 WTA competitions, also has a strong draw this year, led by Roland Garros semi-finalist Daria Kasatkina. Berlin finalist Belinda Bencic, defending champion Angelique Kerber, and former No. 1 Simona Halep.