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Second seed must be ready
In the lower half of the draw we have Spain’s second best on the national ranking, Beatriz Corrales as second seeded, and she has a Danish opponent in first round. That is 20-year old Julie Dawall Jakobsen who is returning from two weeks in Asia with limited success (lost in first and second round in Korea and Chinese Taipei). The Dane will definitely hunt success in Almere so Corrales must be ready from first serve.
The opponent in the quarterfinal will most likely be from Germany as we have Yvonne Li as seeded 6. She also has a Danish opponent in first round, Michelle Skødstrup, who already has two titles and two lost finals this year. The 19-year old girl won Swedish Open in January, even after starting in the qualification, and Spanish International in June. She was also in the final at Estonia International and Slovenia International but had to accept two losses then.
Withdrawal gives Indian the chance
Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit is the last seeded entry in women’s singles at Dutch Open – she is seeded 4 and faces Saili Rane from India in first round. And now you may think that we cannot count because we have only mentioned seven seeded players so far. The reason is that 7-seeded Mette Poulsen has withdrawn from the tournament.
Poulsen was drawn against Qi Xuefei and we are awaiting an updated version of the draw on tournamentsoftware.com but do expect Anura Prabhudesai from India to take over Mette Poulsen’s place in the main draw. The Indian is at least listed as promoted to the main draw, but the update is not yet completed. Qi Xuefei and Anura Prabhudesai will have to battle with Ozge Bayrak and local Gayle Mahulette for a quarterfinal against, maybe, Neslihan Yigit.
First round of the seeded players in women’s single:
Mia Blichfeldt, Denmark (1) vs. Mariya Mitsova, Bulgaria
Julie Dawall Jakobsen, Denmark vs. Beatriz Corrales, Spain (2)
Rachel Honderich, Canada (3) vs. Lianne Tan, Belgium
Saili Rane, India vs. Neslihan Yigit, Turkey (4)
Chloe Birch, England (5) vs. Ayla Huser, Switzerland
Michelle Skødstrup, Denmark vs. Yvonne Li, Germany (6)
Sabrina Jaquet, Switzerland (8) vs. Ksenia Polikarpova, Israel