WTA Mallorca: Big names in action for inaugural edition of the tournament

WTA Mallorca: Big names in action for inaugural edition of the tournament

Some famous WTA stars are heading to the first edition of the Mallorca Open this summer, looking to fine tune their preparations for Wimbledon

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Some famous WTA stars have been confirmed for the Mallorca Open, which is making its debut on the WTA tour.

The tournament will be held near the town of Santa Ponca and the main draw will take place from the 13-19th June. Held on grass, it is a warm up event for Wimbledon, which will begin just a week after the tournament in Mallorca concludes.

Grand Slam finalists in action

Six of the ten women confirmed to take part are Grand Slam finalists, with three of them making the final at Wimbledon in the past.

2015 Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza was the first player to be confirmed for the draw, and her entrance will attract a lot of attention in her home country. Also in action will be 2014 finalist Eugenie Bouchard and 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki; all three, especially Lisicki and Bouchard, will be looking to pick up some form after average seasons so far.

Sabine Lisicki after her loss at the 2013 Wimbledon final. Grass is widely considered the German's strongest surface (Getty/WireImage/Karwai Tang)
Sabine Lisicki after her loss at the 2013 Wimbledon final. Grass is widely considered the German's strongest surface (Getty/WireImage/Karwai Tang)

The only Grand Slam singles champion in action will be Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon previously, though will be desperately looking for form as will former French Open finalist Sara Errani and former US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, who are all heading to the Spanish island.

Other dangerous players in action

Though they are not as well known as some of the players in action, there are four other players in action who could be difficult to beat.

German stars Laura Siegemund and Annika Beck will be in action at the tournament. Neither has had a bad season, with Siegemund particularly thriving, and could be difficult to beat in Mallorca in June.

Also in action will be Kristina Mladenovic. Currently seeded at the French Open, Mladenovic hasn’t had much success on grass in the past but has improved this season. Also taking part is the difficult Monica Niculescu, who is always difficult to beat on any surface.

Kristina Mladenovic during a singles match at Wimbledon in 2016 (Getty/Ian Walton)
Kristina Mladenovic during a singles match at Wimbledon in 2016 (Getty/Ian Walton)
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