San Diego Open draw: Jessica Pegula returns as top seed

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Jessica Pegula prepares to serve

Jessica Pegula returns to WTA Tour action as the top seed at the San Diego Open.

Last spring, Barbora Krecjikova doubled up in San Diego.

In the singles final, she defeated Sofia Kenin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to win her eighth career championship.

In the doubles final, Krecjikova won alongside Katerina Siniakova, defeating Danielle Collins and CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6–4 to win the championship.

Krecjikova has not returned to defend her title in San Diego.

Pegula, the top seed, is leading the field in San Diego. Pegula hasn’t competed in a competition since the Australian Open.

A neck issue forced her to withdraw from the Middle East swing.

Pegula’s first competition after parting ways with coach David Witt will also take place in San Diego.

Pegula will enjoy a bye into the second round in San Deigo and is bracketed to face the winner of a clash between Varvara Gracheva and a qualifier.

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Former world No 1 Caroline Waozniacki is also in the top quarter of the draw and faces Russia’s Anna Blinkova first up.

The other seed in the top quarter is Dayana Yastremska with the No 5 facing American Carolina Dolehide to start her tournament.

In the second quarter, No 4 seed Anastasia Pavyluchenkova enjoys the first round bye.

Pavyluchenkova will take on either promising young Dane Clara Tauson or China’s Xinyu Wang who meet in the first round.

No 6 seed Marta Kostyuk will start her campaign against a qualifier and she could meet Pavlyuchenkova in the last eight if she is victorious there and against the victor of the contest between Australian Taylah Preston and Poland’s Magdelena Frech.

No 8 seed Leylah Fernandez will start her tournament against veteran Tajana Maria.

Fernandez is on a last eight collision course with American Emma Navarro who holds the No 3 seeding and enjoys a first round bye in San Diego.

Navarro will face either 2023 doubles winner Siniakova or a qualifier in her first match of the tournament.

Fernandez will need to get beyond Maria and a second round opponent drawn from the winner of the first round showdown between Lin Zhu and a qualifier.

Beatriz Haddad Maia anchors the draw as the second seed and receives the final first round bye.

Haddad Maia will open her tournament against either Lesia Tsurenko or Katie Boulter which isn’t much of a reward for her No 2 seeding.

No 7 seed Daonna Vekic starts against home hope Katherine Hui with the winner of that match going on to face the victor of an all-qualifier first round encounter.

The qualifying tournament concludes on Sunday with the main draw getting underway on Monday 26 February.