2024 Bad Homburg Open WTA Preview and Schedule featuring Maria Sakkari, Bianca Andreescu and Paula Badosa

Saturday, 22 June 2024 at 19:15
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The grass-court season continues with the commencement of the Bad Homburg Open, one of the two WTA 500 tournaments taking place next week, serving as the final stop for top stars before Wimbledon.
The tournament has been elevated to a WTA 500 category for the first time this year and will feature a 32-player singles draw from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, 2024. Notable participants include Maria Sakkari, Mirra Andreeva, Paula Badosa, Caroline Wozniacki, and Bianca Andreescu.

Sakkari and Samsonova between the Favorites

Maria Sakkari and Ludmila Samsonova are the top favorites for the title as the only top-15 players in the draw. Sakkari (No. 9) is looking to gain some momentum on grass after an early exit at the Berlin Ladies Open, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the first round. The Greek star aims to gather crucial match practice ahead of Wimbledon, where she has historically struggled, never advancing past the third round and suffering a first-round exit last year.
Her main rival, based on ranking, is Russia’s Ludmila Samsonova (No. 15), who recently clinched the title at the Libema Open in s'Hertogenbosch but then experienced a first-round loss at the Berlin Open. The 25-year-old has already won two grass-court titles.
Completing the top four seeds are Emma Navarro (No. 17) and Beatriz Haddad Maia (No. 18). Both players had disappointing early exits at the Berlin Open and will be looking to gain more grass-court experience before heading to Wimbledon. Haddad Maia will be defending her fourth-round appearance at the All England Club.
Maria Sakkari will be the first seed at the tournament.
Maria Sakkari will be the first seed at the tournament.

Badosa and Andreescu lead the Wildcard entries

The newly upgraded WTA 500 tournament has awarded some high-profile wildcards. The recipients include Bianca Andreescu (No. 163), Paula Badosa (No. 115), Caroline Wozniacki (No. 114), and Tatjana Maria (No. 56).
Andreescu has maintained a high level of play since her return to the courts, reaching the third round at the French Open and finishing as the runner-up at the Libema Open last week, where she lost in a closely contested three-set final to Samsonova. She aims to continue gaining experience and climbing the rankings this week.
Badosa hopes to put injury troubles behind her after being forced to withdraw from the doubles draw in Berlin. She will make her singles grass-court debut of the season at Bad Homburg. Meanwhile, Wozniacki seeks to bounce back from a disappointing first-round loss at the Birmingham Open, where she was defeated by fifth seed Elise Mertens. This time, she faces another tough opponent in her debut match: seventh seed Elina Svitolina.

Main draw in Bad Homburg (WTA 500), where Maria Sakkari, Liudmila Samsonova, Emma Navarro and Beatriz Haddad Maia are the top seeds. WCs: Bianca Andreeescu, Caroline Wozniacki, Paula Badosa and Tatjana Maria.


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