WTA Nature Valley Classic Lawn Tennis played at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham UK. Photo: Harish Chavda – Dingle Images
The Nature Valley Classic is a WTA Premier level women’s tennis tournament which attracts world-class players to compete in both singles and doubles. Previous champions include Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.
Top seed Naomi Osaka faces a tough opener to her grass court season after being drawn to play world No.33 Maria Sakkari in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, an LTA summer grass court event.
This year’s impressive line-up at the Edgbaston Priory Club has pitted a number of top players against each other as they open their campaigns for the famous Maud Watson Trophy. British No.1 Johanna Konta, fresh from her run to the Roland Garros semi-finals, will be up against talented Estonian Anett Kontaveit in what will be the Briton’s first match on grass this year.
Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty must contend with 2013 Nature Valley Classic finalist Donna Vekic in the first round. Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, playing in Birmingham for the first time in her long and illustrious career, takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
GB Fed Cup teammates Harriet Dart and Heather Watson have been given wild cards into the 32-player singles draw. Dart has been drawn against Yulia Putintseva, while Watson will face a difficult task against experienced Czech and former Nature Valley Classic runner-up Barbora Strycova.
Here are few action shots from the end of Sunday 16th June 2019.
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