WTA Stuttgart 2018 – World’s best arrive to kick off their clay court season

WTA Stuttgart is always a much watch on the calendar. Following a weekend of Fed Cup tennis players will arrive in Germany as the preparations begin for Roland Garros begin here but who is here?

World number one Simona Halep leads a field which includes Muguruza, Ostapenko and Svitolina as four of the worlds top 5 with no Caroline Wozniacki on site this week. Kvitova, Kerber and Pliskova are also in the field as well as former champion Maria Sharapova.

More pressure for some?

I’d 100% say I think there is pressure on others to perform over the next month especially here to begin with. I feel like the questions will be asked every major about Halep and Svitolina winning a major especially the world number one!

Both players are very good clay court players so there is a pressure to perform. I want to see Elina do well over the next few weeks and go far and Halep knows what she needs but since Melbourne bringing it all together has been tough.

No easy matches

There are no easy matches in Stuttgart. This shows in R1 where we have Sharapova v Garcia, Kerber v Kvitova, Mladenovic v Kontaveit and Vandeweghe v Stephens are just a few to mention.

1 year on from the return…

The return of Sharapova in Stuttgart was 1 year ago and well to be ranked 42 in the world coming in is disappointing on her part and will likely go into Roland Garros without a seeding. Sharapova hasn’t really wowed since the comeback and Caroline Garcia will provide a test for a former champion who’s tennis needs improving.

Ones to watch!

Julia Georges goes in as the German number one. Unseeded and potentially up against Svitolina in R2 the German could cause some issues. Another German who could cause some problems is Laura Siegemund who always turns up on clay, a horrid time with injury has meant her ranking has taken a hit but I wouldn’t rule much out.

Finally Kiki Bertens. The Swede doesn’t give you much time to breath and Pliskova will need to be on it otherwise she could fall early.

Who do I think will win?

Tough one to predict, first few rounds will be very interesting but I do feel it will be either Kerber or Halep. If Kerber wins it she pulls her name into Roland Garros contender!


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