The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week, Rafael Nadal looks for some confidence at the Barcelona Open, while the Stuttgart field features seven of the WTA’s top 10 players.
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Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova, who is 8-0 at this tournament, comes into this year’s event with some major question marks about her form. Setting aside 2009, when she didn’t start her season until after the French Open, this is the first time since 2004 that Sharapova heads into the clay season without having reached a final. She’s also coming in with her lowest ranking in three years, at No. 9.