The entry list for the 2016 Nurnburger Versicherungscup, a WTA tournament to be held the week before the French Open, has been announced.
The tournament, which will be held for the fourth time this year, sees 280 ranking points go to the winner and could be key in the preparation for some stars ahead of the second major of the year.
Knapp And Vinci Return
Knapp, who defeated fellow Italian Vinci 7-6, 4-6 6-1, in the final last year, has had a poor season so far and will be looking for some confidence as she aims to get her ranking near to the top 30 once again.
Things have improved massively for Vinci since the tournament last year, and she will probably be one of the favorites for the title as she looks to play well on what has been a strong surface for her in the past.
Home Stars In Action
The tournament directors will certainly be boosted by the fact that several German players are set to be in action.
World number two Angelique Kerber will be in action. The entrance of Kerber came as a surprise, despite previously having played in the tournament, and it will be interesting to see if she does decide to play after what could be a long few weeks for her.
Six other German players are also scheduled to be in action. Perhaps the most notable is Sabine Lisicki, who will be looking to pick up some form after a disappointing year so far, though Lisicki is not strong on clay and it seems that someone like Julia Goerges or Annika Beck could be more of a threat for the title.
Americans In Action
Behind Germany, the United States has the second most representatives in Nuremburg in terms of nationality.
Rising star Madison Keys is set to be the 2nd seed at the tournament, and will be looking to pick up some form going into the second major of the year, considering the fact that clay will probably never be her strongest surface.
Dangerous Clay Court Players In Action
Some strong clay court players will be in action in Nuremburg.
Brazilian Teliana Pereira won both her two career title on clay and will probably be seeded in Nuremburg, undoubtedly making her a threat for the title, whilst fellow South American, Mariana Duque-Marino, could also be a danger.
Lara Arruabarrena pushed Kerber in Charleston and will be looking to build on an encouraging performance over the clay court season.
Other Stars In Action
Meanwhile, Yulia Putintseva has had a good year so far and will be looking to continue her progression up the rankings.