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Former champs Parmentier, Buyukakcay looming in Istanbul 2019 draw

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Two former champions are unseeded and looming in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup main draw, released in full on Sunday.

Defending champion Pauline Parmentier, fresh off helping France secure a spot in the Fed Cup final in November in a dramatic weekend in Rouen, is unseeded in the draw along with 2016 champion and home favorite Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey. 

Both have drawn fellow unseeded players in the draw, with Buyukakcay, a wildcard, set to face another wildcard in the returning Svetlana Kuznetsova, who will be contesting her second tournament of the season following a seven-month injury layoff.

The two-time Grand Slam champion reached the quarterfinals at the Samsung Open presented by cornèr last week, and the winner of her first-round clash with Buyukakcay will face either No.5 seed Ajla Tomljanovic or Marketa Vondrousova.

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