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Badosa top Eastbourne draw, Serena and Jabeur set for double

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World No 3 Paula Badosa leads a field that includes five of the top 10 at next week’s Rothesay International, where Serena Williams is also ready to make her competitive return to the doubles court.

The 23-time major champion will team up with world number 4 Ons Jabeur in doubles and face the team of Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round. This will be Williams’ first singles or doubles match in nearly 12 months.

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The main draw begins on Sunday, June 19.

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The No. 3 Badosa leads the singles table and should play her first tournament of the season on grass. No.4 Jabeur, No.6 Maria Sakkari and No.7 Karolina Pliskova complete the top four seeds at Eastbourne. The last seed is No. 33 Yulia Putintseva. The top 16 seeds have byes to the second round.

UPDATE: Coco Gauff has withdrawn from Eastbourne after the draw due to a schedule change. His place in the draw will be occupied by a qualifier or a lucky loser.

The top half

Along with top seed Badosa, No. 4 seed and former champion Pliskova and No. 7 seed Barbora Krejcikova were drawn into the top half of the table. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded No. 14, is also in the top half. She could face Pliskova in the third round.

Badosa will open against Petra Martic or Jodie Burrage and could face a scorching Beatriz Haddad Maia in the third round. The Brazilian won her first eight matches of the season on grass, confirming her maiden Nottingham title with a run to the semi-finals in Birmingham.

Former No. 2 Krejcikova is also set to play her first grass event of the season. The 2021 Roland Garros champion made her Wimbledon debut last year and advanced to the round of 16. At Eastbourne, she will face either Viktorija Golubic or Marta Kostyuk in the second round, with No.10 seed Jill Teichmann looming as a potential third. round opponent.

Lower half

Defending champion and No. 8 seed Jelena Ostapenko, No. 3 seed Sakkari and No. 5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza join No. 2 seed Jabeur in the bottom half of the table. Ostapenko is trying to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career, having mowed down the court last summer for his fifth career title.

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Ostapenko will open against Ajla Tomljanovic or a qualifier. Her first possible seeded opponent is 2014 champion Madison Keys, who is the No. 11 seed.

2017 Wimbledon champion Muguruza is hoping to erase her negative record at Eastbourne, where she is 1-2 in her career. The Spaniard will face a tough opening test against 19-year-old Zheng Qinwen or Magdalena Frech from Poland. No. 12 seed Camila Giorgi or grass court specialist Alison Riske could wait in the third round.

Double draw

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Ena Shibahara team up for the first time and lead the draw alongside Madrid champions Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos.

Wildcards Williams and Jabeur were drawn in the bottom half of the draw to face the unseeded duo of Bouzkova and Sorribes Tormo. The winner will face either No. 4 seeds Lucie Hradecka and Sania Mirza or Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-Ching.

Bad Homburg has a strong field

The Bad Homburg Open, a WTA 250 event in Germany, also features 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.

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