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?? (7) Zarina Diyas vs. ?? (wc) Samantha Stosur
An interesting opening round clash in Nottingham sees the 7th seeded Zarina Diyas come up against Sam Stosur. The Aussie took a late wild card into the event after her ranking recently plummeted to outside the top 100 for the first time in almost a decade. The grass court season has not typically been a time for Stosur to thrive but she will be desperate to gain as many points as she can over the next month.
Interestingly Diyas and Stosur had fairly similar results during the clay court season. Diyas would be reasonably pleased with her recent results whilst Stosur would be disappointed given clay is easily her best surface. Heading into the grass court swing it is Diyas who would have the higher expectations. Diyas has the perfect game for a quick surface and will be confident heading into Nottingham.
It was Stosur who won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-6 6-3 win in the Final in Osaka back in 2014.