Reigning Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova heads into the AEGON International tournament in a rich vein of form after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open earlier this month.
Kvitova was beaten in straight sets by eventual winner and new world number one Maria Sharapova, the same opponent whom she beat in last year’s Wimbledon final to take the crown.
The Czech, whose run to the semi-final was her best in the tournament to date, reached the final of the AEGON International last year but lost to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who also returns to Eastbourne to try and defend her title.
Despite her recent success, Kvitova heads to Devonshire Park as the number two seed behind Agnieszka Radwanska.
Radwanska is currently enjoying the highest world ranking of her career at number three after a successful start to the year. She won the Dubai Tennis Championship and the Sony Ericsson Open, beating Venus Williams and current AEGON International champion Bartoli on the way. Former world number ones Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki have also announced their place in this year’s line-up.
Wozniacki won the tournament in 2009 and makes her return as number three seed after a shaky start to the year. She lost her world number one ranking to Victoria Azarenka in late January and has gone on to suffer defeats at the hands of Kvitova, Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber since then – all of whom are competing in this year’s Eastbourne International.
The women will all battle it out on the Devonshire Park grass courts between 16 and 23 June for a $600,000 prize.
WOMEN’S DRAW: 1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL, 2 Petra Kvitova CZE, 3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN, 4 Marion Bartoli FRA, 5 Vera Zvonareva RUS, 6 Angelique Kerber GER, 7 Ana Ivanovic SRB, 8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK, Shuai Peng CHN, Lucie Safarova CZE, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS, Kaia Kanepi EST, Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS, Petra Cetkovska CZE, Jie Zheng CHN, Mona Barthel GER, Christina Mchale USA, Marina Erakovic NZL, Ekaterina Makarova RUS, Galina, Voskoboeva KAZ, Tsvetana Pironkova BUL, Klara Zakopalova CZE, Carla Suarez Navarro ESP, Sorana Cirstea U