Two former champions are likely to be the top seeds at the AEGON GB Pro-Series Barnstaple tennis tournament.
Alison Riske, the 2010 champion from the United States, and Germany’s Annika Beck, the reigning champion, were the highest-ranked players left in the entry list when the deadline for withdrawals passed this afternoon.
Heather Watson will be hoping to end a difficult year on a high at the Tarka Tennis Centre by following Anne Keothavong as a home winner – Keothavong lifted the Dartington Vase in 2008 and 2011.
Watson this week dropped to three in the British rankings, behind Laura Robson and Johanna Konta, having slid from 39 in the world early this year to 133.
Konta is also due to play at Tarka and is joined in the main draw by fellow Britons Samantha Murray and Tara Moore.
The tournament begins on Monday, October 28, with the finals to be played on Sunday, November 3. Tickets are priced £4 to £7 and are available at the Tarka Tennis Centre, Seven Brethren Bank, or by calling 01271 377701.
AEGON GB Pro-Series Barnstaple entry list (world ranking correct at time of entry deadline on Thursday) – main draw: Alison Riske (USA) world ranking 56, Annika Beck (Ger) 57, Heather Watson (Gbr) 92, Vesna Dolonc (Srb) 93, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) 110, Johanna Konta (Gbr) 117, Tadeja Majeric (Slo) 125, Stephanie Vogt (Lie) 143, Eva Birnerova (Cze) 145, Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 156, Kristina Kucova (Svk) 166, Samantha Murray (Gbr) 167, Marta Sirotkina (Rus) 175, Andreea Mitu (Rou) 182, Ana Vrljic (Cro) 190, Renata Voracova (Cze) 193, Tamira Paszek (Aut) 218, Tara Moore (Gbr) 219, Beatriz Garcia-Vidagany (Esp) 220, Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) 233, Kristina Barrois (Ger) 235, Katerina Siniakova (Cze) 267.
Qualifying: Giulia Gatto-Monticone (Ita) 236, Alberta Brianti (Ita) 239, Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) 251, Tetyana Arefyeva (Ukr) 264, Katerina Vankova (Cze) 269, Marina Melnikova (Rus) 276, Ana Savic (Cro) 282, Naomi Broady (Gbr) 286, Jade Windley (Gbr) 306, Raluca Olaru (Rou) 314, Clothilde De Bernardi (Fra) 338, Bernarda Pera (USA) 354, Despina Papamichail (Gre) 406, Emily Webley-Smith (Gbr) 427, Carolin Daniels (Ger) 445, Karin Morgosova (Svk) 447, Anna Danilina (Kaz) 448, Amy Bowtell (Irl) 495, Elena Bogdan (Rou) 504, Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) 559, Camilla Rosatello (Ita) 564, Laura Schaeder (Ger) 578, Karen Barbat (Den) 588, Melanie South (Gbr) 604, Lucy Brown (Gbr) 619, Nikola Vajdova (Svk) 632, Eva Wacanno (Ned) 667.