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WTA Eastbourne Preview 2013

There is some tennis action on the WTA Tour in England this week with the AEGON International in Eastbourne. There is an interesting field on offer, especially from those taking on the role as favourites, because they not only all look evenly matched, but all are badly in need of a win. There is big difficulty in switching over from clay to grass, where the points are generally shorter and the pace is quicker. So the ability to think quickly is a big asset. That will naturally lean a lot of support towards Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska who is one of the smartest thinkers in the game. She goes at top seed, but the Pole has been struggling with her form this season. There was a bit of a revival at the French Open where she went to the semi’s.

After losing the Wimbledon final last year to Serena Williams, she will be looking for an impressive run in this Grand Slam warm up on grass. Should be a contender if she’s on top form, but is she though at the moment? Has lacked a winning edge this season. China’s Na Li will attract some attention as one of six top ten players this week, along with Petra Kvitova. Kvitova is a former Wimbledon winner, but hasn’t been in any kind of from. Neither has Na, who started the season with a bang, but has slowly been drifting away.

Therefore there could be a good fit this week for Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Another one who hasn’t been at her best this season, but with a quarter final and a semi final appearance in two of her last three starts, she may not be far away. Another reason to back her is that she reached the final here last year, losing a tight match to Tamira Paszek. It could be Kerber or Radwanska from the top half, but down in the bottom there could be tremendous outside value in Maria Kirilenko. Sometimes lacks the overall power, but has been in great form this season. Worth a long shot.

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