WTA CROATIA BOL OPEN – Player info

Johanna Larsson (59th) – Consistent at the high level, 2016 is the seventh year in a row in top 100. She was the best in 2012 when she got to 46th, now she is ranked 54th and is mostly holding no ups and downs. There are no major wins in the career (last year she beat the 8th ranked in the world of Roberta Vinci), but she was opposed to all the best players in the world. She had the best results at home in Båstad (two finals in 2011 and 2013 where she finally got the first title in 2015) and played the final of the Portoroz in 2010. She is highly ranked in doubles at the 25th place.

* The best Swedish player

Mandy Minella (70th) Attractive Luxembourgian who, at the age of 31, won her first and the only WTA career title right here in Bol. After Bol she continued with remarkable form and ended the year at 105th place, which is her second best career year. She was the best in 2012 when she scored career high (66th place) and her only top 100 season. She is currently at the 70th WTA ranking and is very close to a career high at the age of 32. She is a regular participant at the world’s strongest tournaments, and in Taipei this year she has reached semi-finals. From Mandy we can expect the best tennis in Bol once again.

Sara Sorribes Tormo (84.) –  This talented 20-year old is one of the greatest hopes of Spanish  and tennis world in general. At the beginning of this month she reached a career high at 79th  and her rank has only been climbing since she turned professional. Last year she ended the season just outside of top 100 (106th) but if this clay-court specialist continues with good and constant results through this season there is no doubt that she will remain in the top 100 for the years to come. Her best result of this season is semi-final of WTA tournament in Bogota.

Kateryna Bodarenko (92.) – 30-year old who in 2009. Ranked at 29th in the world. In 2008. She won a doubles title at Australian Open with her sister Alona. Injuries significantly slowed her career (she skipped the whole 2013). Interestingly she is the first Ukranian ever to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam (2009. At US Open. She won a Junior title in Wimbledon and was a number 1 junior in 2004.

Kristina Kucova (95.), top 100 ranked Slovakian player returns to Bol after reaching the 3rd round last year.  A winner of the Junior US Open in 2007, Kucova played an excellent season in 2016, reaching the career high rank at 71th. She has a top 10 win over Carla Suarez- Navarro at the Rogers Cup in the last year. Known for her mental strength and fighting spirit, Kucova is a formidable opponent for anybody.

Maria Sakkari (99.) – 21-years old and the best Greek player, this year she reached a career high at 84th place. She lost to Lucic-Baroin in 3rd round of Australian Open.

Beatriz Hadad Maia (101th) – this 20-year old player is the best Brazillian and South-American player in general. She reached top 100 this week and is in excellent form regardless of her rank. She is coming to Bol as one of the favorites. After recovering from an injury and returning at the start of this year she won 2 challengers and played quarter-finals of a WTA tournament in Praha (beating Stosur). Last week she won a $100k challenger in France (Cagnes Sur Mer) without dropping a set.

Zanevska Maryna (112.) born Ukrainian but naturalized Belgian since the last year.  Currently ranked 112th, a good performance in Bol could launch her over her career high (107th)

Alison Van Uytvanck (113.) a tall Belgian who started with tennis at the age of 5. Van Uytvanck is a winner of WTA 125k tournament in Taipei back in 2013 where she also played finals of the doubles. Although he holds no wins against the elite opponents, her career high was at 41st in 2015.

Natalia Vikhlayntseva – 20 year old Russian and currently ranked 74. in the world. Her tennis idols are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. She is a kinesiology student who likes pop music. Standing at 185cm tall and playing right-handed she has no major titles so far.

Sara Errani – 30 year old Italian, currently ranked at 91. Enjoys reading, movies and pop music. Her tennis idol is Roger Federer. The highlight of her career was the finals of Roland Garros in 2012 where she lost to Maria Sharapova. She is 164 cm tall and right-handed. She has 18 WTA titles in doubles. ”

 

Best players from the region: Aleksandra Krunic, Ivana Jorovic (Serbia), Tamara Zidansek (Slovenia), Lina Gjorcheska (Macedonia)