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WTA Birmingham 2017 Live Stream: Aegon Classic tennis live from Birmingham

Live Tennis Staff in News 28 Jul 2017
  • Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova, Johanna Konta, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova lead the field at the Aegon Classic in 2017
  • Aegon Classic tennis is live from Birmingham from 19-25 June 2017
Angelique Kerber (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA)

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, along with fellow top 10 stars Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova and Johanna Konta, lead the the 2017 Aegon Classic field in Birmingham, live from 19-25 June.

Aegon Classic tournament schedule

Who is playing WTA Birmingham in 2017?

Another stacked field headlines the 2017 Aegon Classic in Birmingham as players contest the popular Premier-level tournament and continue their preparations for Wimbledon next month.

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who won the Birmingham title in 2015 and is the reigning Wimbledon runner-up, leads the draw as the top seed, but the German has endured a very underwhelming season to date and is in a huge battle to hold on to the No. 1 ranking over the coming weeks.

Elina Svitolina - the tour’s leader in terms of match wins in 2017 - is looking to continue her stellar season but could find the transition from clay to grass tricky as she begins her campaign alongside fellow top 10 stars Dominika Cibulkova, who’s really been struggling to back up her outstanding 2016, and Johanna Konta, who at the time of writing is contesting the Aegon Open final in Nottingham.

There’s plenty more star power among the seeds, including the in-form Kristina Mladenovic and Garbine Muguruza, who’s dropped down to 15 in the world after failing to defend her French Open title. Fans in Birmingham will also get to witness the return of Petra Kvitova to grass courts, with the two-time Wimbledon champion continuing her comeback at the Aegon Classic.

Other notable names in the draw include last year’s runner-up Barbora Strycova and Australian Open semi-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe, who has recently began working with former Wimbledon winner Pat Cash.

WTA Birmingham seeds

Aegon Classic seeds

1Angelique Kerber1Germany
2Elina Svitolina5Ukraine
3Dominika Cibulkova6Slovakia
4Johanna Konta8Great Britain
5Kristina Mladenovic13France
6Garbine Muguruza15Spain
7Petra Kvitova17Czech Republic
8Barbora Strycova20Czech Republic

About WTA Birmingham

Played on grass courts at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham since 1982, the Aegon Classic has been an integral part of the grass-court season for over three decades and arguably has roots going even further back – the development of the modern game of lawn tennis has been traced to Edgbaston in 1859.

Many of the WTA Tour’s biggest stars, past and present, have competed for the Maud Watson Trophy at the Edgbaston Priory Club, named for Great Britain’s Maud Watson, who played her first event at the Edgbaston Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club tournament in 1881 – the year ladies’ open events were introduced in England – and in 1884 won the first Wimbledon ladies’ singles trophy, competing in corset and white petticoats.

Billie Jean King won the inaugural edition of the Aegon Classic, then known as the Edgbaston Cup, in 1982 and successfully defended her title a year later. In 1984, Pam Shriver won the first of her four straight titles in Birmingham; the American still holds the tournament record for most titles. Martina Navratilova won the title in 1989 and 1991 and was followed onto the champions’ list by the likes of Lori McNeil, Nathalie Tauziat and Magdalena Maleeva. In more recent times, Maria Sharapova won the first of her back-to-back titles in 2004, the year she famously claimed the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old, with future Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva (2006), world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic  (2007), two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na (2010) and 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki (2011) all capturing the Maud Watson Trophy at the tournament, which was renamed the Aegon Classic in 2009.

The Aegon Classic was upgraded to a Premier-level event in 2014 and with the expansion of the grass-court season to three weeks in 2015 became an even more significant part of the WTA Tour’s short but intense and prestigious grass-court season as the stars of women’s tennis flocked to Edgbaston Priory Club to shake the clay dust of Roland Garros off their feet and tune up their games for Wimbledon.

Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion and former world no. 1, was the first to win the Aegon Classic as a Premier-level event, one of the four titles she won during a resurgent 2014. Angelique Kerber followed suit in 2015, defeating Karolina Pliskova in a thrilling three-set final to claim the third of four titles she would win during that season before going on to win her maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2016.

Kerber failed to defend her title in 2016 - although she did finish runner-up at Wimbledon - losing in the quarter-finals to Carla Suarez Navarro. It would ultimately be Madison Keys who would break through to win her second grass court title and make a jump into the top 10, beating Suarez Navarro in the semis and Barbora Strycova in the final to emerge triumphant.

WTA Birmingham tournament information

WTA Birmingham fast facts

WTA BirminghamNature Valley Classic
Dates17-23 June, 2019
LocationBirmingham, England
VenueEdgbaston Priory Club
CategoryWTA Premier
First played1982
Draw size32
Prize money$936,128
Most titlesPam Shriver (4)
Reigning singles championPetra Kvitova
Reigning doubles championsTimea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic

Previous WTA Birmingham champions

Previous WTA Birmingham winners

1982Bille Jean KingRosalyn Fairbank
1983Bille Jean KingAlycia Moulton
1984Pam ShriverAnne White
1985Pam ShriverBetsy Nagelsen
1986Pam ShriverManuela Maleeva
1987Pam ShriverLarisa Savchenko
1988Claudia Kohde-KilschPam Shriver
1989Martina NavratilovaZina Garrison
1990Zina GarrisonHelena Sukova
1991Martina NavratilovaNatasha Zvereva
1992Brenda SchultzJenny Byrne
1993Lori McNeilZina Garrison-Jackson
1994Lori McNeilZina Garrison-Jackson
1995Zina Garrison-JacksonLori McNeil
1996Meredith McGrathNatalie Tauziat
1997Nathalie TauziatYayuk Basuki
1998Tournament cancelled due to rainTournament cancelled due to rain
1999Julie Halard-DecugisNatalie Tauziat
2000Lisa RaymondTamarine Tanasugarn
2001Nathalie TauziatMiriam Oremans
2002Jelena DokicAnastasia Myskina
2003Magdalena MaleevaShinobu Asagoe
2004Maria SharapovaTatiana Golovin
2005Maria SharapovaJelena Jankovic
2006Vera ZvonarevaJamea Jackson
2007Jelena JankovicMaria Sharapova
2008Kateryna BondarenkoYanina Wickmayer
2009Magdalena RybarikovaLi Na
2010Li NaMaria Sharapova
2011Sabine LisickiDaniela Hantuchova
2012Melanie OudinJelena Jankovic
2013Daniela HantuchovaDonna Vekic
2014Ana IvanovicBarbora Strycova
2015Angelique KerberKarolina Pliskova
2016Madison KeysBarbora Strycova
2017Petra KvitovaAsh Barty
2018Petra KvitovaMagdalena Rybarikova

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WTA Birmingham 2017 Live Stream: Aegon Classic tennis live from Birmingham

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, along with fellow top 10 stars Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova and Johanna Konta, lead the the 2017 Aegon Classic field in Birmingham, live from 19-25 June.

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