Exclusive by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
Errani, who reached the semi-finals at the French Open but only picked up a single game against eventual champion Serena Williams, is suffering from a foot strain and an abductor strain.
The Aussie ace, who only opted for late wildcards at the grass court tournaments in Birmingham and Eastbourne instead of practice.
Her trademark kick serve is exposed to daze and confuse opponents, with the rest of the seeded players probably breathing a sigh of relief that they won’t have to face her in the opening round.
And with an incredible line-up for this year’s pre-Wimbledon tournament at Eastbourne, it is probably the best place to watch grass court tennis outside of The Championships at SW19.
Six former champions – Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Tamira Paszek and Ekatrina Makarova – face stiff competition from the world’s leading ladies.
German Anglique Kerber, who let five match points slip in last year’s final, will be amongst the favourites to be crowned 2013 AEGON International champion.
Petra Kvitova, the Czech Republic’s 2011 Wimbledon winner, has the ability to go all the way on grass whereas top 10 ace Chinese no1 Li Na does not have the style of game particularly suited to grass.
However, grass court experts Stosur and Serbian star Ana Ivanovic will be relishing the opportunity of competing against the top players ahead of Wimbledon, although neither are likely to lift the crown on 22 June 2013.
There are an intriguing trio of Russians also in with a chance of making the final. Maria Kirilenko will be joined by relative veteran Nadia Petrova on their respective hunt for glory.
Players to watch, but who won’t be crowned 2013 Eastbourne champion, include British youngsters Laura Robson and Heather Watson.
America’s rising star Sloane Stephens and Kazakhstani’s Yaroslava Shvedova have withdrawn from the event.
- Agnieszka RADWANSKA
- LI Na
- Angelique KERBER
- Petra KVITOVA
- Caroline WOZNIACKI
- Maria KIRILENKO
- Ana IVANOVIC
- Sam STOSUR
- Krakow, Poland
- Krakow, Poland
- 5′ 8″ (1.72 m)
- 123 lbs. (56 kg)
- Turned Pro
Agnieszka Radwanska is a promising young talent on the WTA Tour and already has seven WTA singles titles – including the Aegon International at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park.
She made her WTA tournament debut in 2006 in her native Poland, and was among the top 100 ranked players by the end of the season.
In 2007 she claimed her first title – in Stockholm – and became the first Polish champion at that event. She finished the 2008 season ranked in the top 10 after winning three more trophies.
However, Grand Slam success has eluded her, not being able to progress any further than the quarter-final stage – in the Australian Open (three times) or Wimbledon (twice).
Her greatest achievement to date was reaching the final of the 2011 China Open, where she lost to German Andrea Petkovic.