Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
The world number one Naomi Osaka, the world number two and Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, the world number three Karolina Pliskova and just the five time Wimbledon champion making her first appearance in Birmingham Venus Williams are here. Throw in Britain’s number one Johanna Konta who enjoyed an exceptional clay court season and also Petra Martic, Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari amongst others we have a cracking tournament on our hands. Naomi Osaka Nothing short of winning here won’t do for me I’m afraid. It has been an up and down season. We haven’t seen her best since Melbourne … Continue reading Birmingham; Osaka, Pliskova, Barty, Jo & 5 Time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams!
Two time champion Petra Kvitova is out of Birmingham. The Czech number two who missed Roland Garros following a retirement in Rome is still not ready to return too tennis and to Birmingham to defend her title. The former Birmingham and Wimbledon champion has been suffering with an arm injury for some time now and as well as there being no appearance at Birmingham this year there is also big doubts over her participation at Wimbledon which will be a race to get fit and potentially a wildcard in Eastbourne is an explorable option. Coming in however to join Venus … Continue reading Birmingham; Petra out, Pliskova in, One wildcard remaining…
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 Both were on the entrants list but have withdrawn over the past couple of days.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 … Continue reading WTA Birmingham Preview