Radwanska’s role as leading lady

2013 AEGON International, Agnieszka Radwanska, Alize Cornet, Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Baltacha, Elena Vesnina, Johanna Konta, Klara Zakopalova, Laura Robson, Li Na, Lucie Safarova, Maria Kirilenko, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, Petra Kvitova, Players, Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani, Seeds, Sloane Stephens, Sorana Cirstea, Su-Wei Hsieh, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Tamira Paszek, Varvara Lepchenko, Yanina Wickmayer, Yaroslava Shvedova

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

2013 entrants and seeds

Sara ErraniSara Errani, who brilliantly battled her way to the semi-finals at Roland Garros, misses Eastbourne with a late withdrawal.
The exciting Italian is suffering from both a foot injury and an abductor strain.
But her loss has elevated Aussie ace Sam Stosur to provisionally become a seeded player, although that is dependent following her shock exit at the 2013 French Open.
Russian regular Nadia Petrova and France’s Marion Bartoli are battling it out with Stosur to take the final no8 seeding.
Stosur, who only made late applications for wildcard entries at both Birmingham and Eastbourne grass court court events, will be among the players expected to progress during the week-long tournament.
With Li Na also granted a wildcard entry following a poor performance at the 2013 French Open, then the Chinese no1 has stepped into the shoes of Errani to take over as no2 seed. Li will be extremely eager to kick start her grass court season with progress at Devonshire Park.
Two former Eastbourne champions, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki will provide stiff opposition on their favourite surface.
Angelique Kerber fluffed five match points in the 2012 AEGON International final to Austrian ace Tamira Paszek, so the German star will be determined to go one step better having learnt from her mistakes.
Former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova as never had much luck at Eastbourne, and the Czech Republic ace will be keen to put that record straight ahead of SW19.
Maria Kirilenko and Serbian star Ana Ivanovic will bring glamour to the courts as well as their amazing array of tennis weapons, although the Russian is unlikely to make much impact in a tough draw.
Seeds are:

  1. Agnieszka RADWANSKA
  2. LI Na
  3. Angelique KERBER
  4. Petra KVITOVA
  5. Caroline WOZNIACKI
  6. Maria KIRILENKO
  8. Nadia PETROVA

Roberta Vinci

2013 AEGON International, Roberta Vinci
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Taranto, Italy
Taranto, Italy
5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
132 lbs. (60 kg)
Turned Pro

Roberta Vinci is another Italian player who, like her compatriot Francesca Schiavone before her, seems to be getting better the closer she gets to 30.

Turning professional in 1999, it took her another six years to break into the top 100 of the rankings.

In 2007 she lifted her first title – in Bogota on clay, her strongest surface. Her second title came in 2009 in Barcelona, her favourite tournament, and the following year she reached the final again but lost to Schiavone.

In 2011 she captured the Barcelona tournament again as well as picking up two more singles titles and two doubles titles with fellow countrywoman Sara Errani.

They both surprised everyone by getting to the final of the Australian Open in 2012, to become the joint world no1 players at Doubles.

Watson’s all clued up

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heather-watson off court 2012Heather Watson is set to return to Devonshire Park full of confidence, despite her three set defeat to Italian Roberta Vinci at Birmingham.

The 20-year-old Guernsey ace was ousted by grass court expert Vinci at the 3rd Round of the AEGON Classic 6-3 4-6 6-1.

Watson admitted: “It was tough one today because conditions were quite windy.

“But Roberta played really well, she is obviously a top 20 player for a reason.”

Vinci, the no4 seed and 2011 ‘s-Hertogenbosch champion of the pre-Wimbledon grass court tournament, dominated from the start.

But she slipped up in the second set due to a combination of gutsy play from Watson, keen home support and difficult weather conditions – before sealing success.

Vinci, who captured the 2012 French Open doubles crown with compatriot Sara Errani, said: “I like to play on grass. I play slices all the time, so it’s nice to play like this on grass.”

However, it was not all doom and gloom for Watson, who discovered after her defeat that she has qualified automatically for the main singles draw at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.