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?? (5) Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. ?? Veronica Cepede Royg
The fifth seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu comes up against Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg, an interesting opening round clash at the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham. Heading into the grass court season there will be little expectations for both Buzarnescu and Cepede Royg, two players that typically play their best tennis on a clay court.
Mihaela Buzarnescu continues to reach new heights. The Romanian caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament at Roland Garros where she eliminated tournament favourite Elina Svitolina at the third round stage. Buzarnescu also made it to the quarter-finals in the doubles draw so she arrives in Nottingham full of confidence with a career high singles ranking inside the top 30.
Conversely, Veronica Cepede Royg’s ranking has plummeted to well outside the top 100 after an opening round exit at Roland Garros, failing to defend her round of 16 points from the previous year despite a gallant 3 set loss to Petra Kvitova. It will be important for Cepede Royg to pick up as many points as she can during the grass swing or she risks losing direct entry to the biggest events later in the year.
This will be the first career meeting between Buzarnescu and Cepede Royg, it will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out on a grass court.