Stuttgart; Naomi’s nightmare, Monterrey rematch, Kerber v Vekic & Latvian matchup

The draw is out and the majority are on site. Some will arrive later than others due to Fed Cup commitments but what can we look out for in the opening couple of days?

Naomi’s nightmare?

Top seed Naomi Osaka will be looking to find some momentum on clay. The number one get’s a bye for round one but would have noticed that she could potentially once again play Hsieh in round two.

Hsieh showed us all her amazing variety and caused issues for many in Miami including Naomi who will be hoping to avoid her in the second round.

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Monterrey re-match

A few weeks ago we had a match-up between Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka in the final of Monterrey and now they will play each other in round one of Stuttgart.

Vika will be arriving on site late due to playing in Fed Cup for Belarus in Brisbane and Garbine is already on site and will be looking to really push on from her title win not long ago and transform that form onto the clay as will Vika however there are doubts if she will travel and play in time.

Donna Vekic v Angie Kerber

This is the third year running they have met with Kerber leading the head to head 2-0 but this will be their first meeting on clay. It’s been a good year so far for Donna who has impressed but isn’t far in my opinion from really kicking through.

Angie has been a bit up and down and if anything needs this one more. Round one matches in such a top packed draw don’t get tougher than this but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Donna pick this one.

Latvian match-up

A good match for round one.

Latvia may have lost 1-3 to Germany in Fed Cup but now they make their way to German soil as Jelena Ostapenko who was present in Fed Cup takes on top Latvian Anastasia Sevastova in round one down in Stuttgart.

It feels like a long time ago since Jelena won in Roland Garros and finding some early form may be tough here as her fellow Latvian has been super impressive on the tour over the last year.

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