WTA Birmingham Preview

The grass court season waits for no one and with Wimbledon around the corner players from all over the globe are heading to the warm up tournaments and some of the world’s top names will be in Birmingham next week.

So, who will be there?

Who won’t be there!

Well, it’s best we start off with who will not be there. Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys will not be in Birmingham. Both were on the entrants list but have withdrawn over the past couple of days. Sharapova who signed a two year deal last year to play Birmingham has now not featured in the last two events and Roland Garros semi-finalist Madison Keys will be hoping to be fit for Eastbourne which begins before Wimbledon.

Four top 10 players!

It may be missing Sharapova and Keys but it will have Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina who recently picked up a wildcard for the event at Edgbaston.

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Clay to Grass

Two players who have impressed on the clay courts this season were Daria Kasatkina and Elise Mertens. Both of whom are ranked top 20 and will be two to watch as the week unfolds in Birmingham.

If I had to pick one player to go far out of the two here it would be Kasatkina who shouldn’t find the issue in making that transition from the clay courts to the grass courts.

Ones to watch

The field for Birmingham is so good! With 15 of the top 30 in the world in action and there are plenty of grass court specialists who will cause trouble here.

Ashleigh Barty, Kiki Mladenovic, Naomi Osaka, Daria Gavrilova and Dominika Cibulkova are just a handful of players who seem to come to life at this time of the year.

I’m really excited to see Dominika play next week, I’ve followed her career a lot and she is so aggressive from the baseline but it hasn’t worked out for her for quite some time.

Another one to watch will be Donna Vekic who also comes alive during this time of the season.

Wildcards

As well as Elina Svitolina picking up a wildcard it has since been announced that Heather Watson and Katie Boulter have both received wildcards into the main draw at Birmingham next week.

 

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