22nd JUNE 2017
On the third day of main draw action in Birmingham, two Australians and two Czechs have clinched their spots in the quarter final of the Aegon Classic.
Ninth seed Daria Gavrilova was the first through to the last eight after completing a 7-5,2-6, 6-4 victory against Katerina Siniakova. British Number 2 Naomi Broady failed in her bid to reach the last eight after going down to two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets 2-6,2-6. Ashleigh Barty was the conquer of Barbora Strycova 6-3,2-6,6-1. To conclude the action on centre court, World number 41 Lucie Safarova beat Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-2,6-4.
21st JUNE 2017
The action started on the Ann Jones Centre Court with an all Czech battle between Tereza Smitkova and the number 7 seed Petra Kvitova. The World number sixteen Kvitova taking the match in straight sets 6-2,6-3 in an hour and twenty four minutes. Kvitova will now face Great Britain’s Naomi Broady in the second round.
Next up was the number four seed and Great Britain number one Johanna Konta, who was up against Lesia Tsurenko.Currently ranked seven in the world, Konta took the opening set against Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, after breaking Tsurenko in the second game of the set. Tsurenko responded by breaking Konta in the fourth game of the second set to take a 4-1 lead. Konta was in deep trouble when Tsurenko was serving for the set at 5-3, but the British number 1 broke the Ukranian girl and then held her own serve. The set went to a tie break, with Konta taking the tie break 8-6 and winning the match in straight sets 6-3,7-6. The British Number 1 was relived at the end of the match to get through in straight sets, at one point looking like she might lose the second set, with the match going into a deciding set. But she pulled through, and will now face American CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round.
Despite losing the first set 7-5, Lucie Safarova caused an upset by knocking out the number 3 seed Dominika Cibulkova. Cibulkova, bounced back to level the match by winning the second set on a tie break 7-6. In an enthralling match, it was Safarova who held her nerve to win the final set 7-5.
In the final match on Centre Court, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza defeated Elizaveta Kulichkova from Russia in three sets. The Spaniard took the opening set 6-3, only for the unseeded Kulichkova to level after winning the second set 6-3. Muguruza, held her nerve in the deciding set to close out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory, and conclude a very enjoyable days tennis in the Birmingham sun.
20th JUNE 2017
On a sun drenched opening day of main drawn action, it was a mixed day for the Brits. The new British Number 2 Naomi Broady progressed into the second round after beating world number 39 Alize Cornet 7-6,6-0 in the final match on Ann Jones Centre Court.
Earlier in the day, Heather Watson put up a brave performance against second seed Elina Svitolina before going down to the world number 5 2-6,7-5, 3-6.
2016 finalist Barbora Strycova and Naomi Osaka also had singles success’s defeating Lauren Davis in three sets and Yulia Putintseva in straight sets respectively.
AS AT 17th JUNE 2017
British stars Heather Watson and Naomi Broady have been awarded wild cards into the main draw of the Aegon Classic at Birmingham.
The two brits will be competing alongside British Number 1 Johanna Konta who is also aiming for her first title at the Tournament.
25 year-old Watson, recently enjoyed a strong start to the grass-court season with a run to the final of the Aegon Surbiton Trophy last week, while Broady, has had a streak of wins on grass this week at her home event, the Aegon Manchester Trophy. Having three Brits into the main draw will make up for the loss of Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Monica Puig, who have been forced to withdraw from the tournament.
AS AT 11th JUNE 2017
Maria Sharapova has been forced to withdraw from this years Aegon Classic in Birmingham due to an on-going injury problem.
Sharapova, sustained an injury to her left hip muscle during her most recent event in Rome and has been unable to recover in time to take her place in this years field.
Aegon Classic Birmingham runs from the 17th- 25th June 2017 at Edgbaston Priory Club
Five-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova has been named as the first of seven Main Draw Singles wild cards for this summers event. Former Number 1 Sharapova will play in the Aegon Classic Birmingham for the first time in seven years, and has committed to playing both the 2017 and 2018 events. Sharapova, will face a star studded line up which will include eight of the Worlds Top 10, headlined by British Number 1 Johanna Konta and World Number 1 Angelique Kerber.