Angelique Kerber returns to defend her Aegon Classic title as the first Premier event of the grass season is played live from Birmingham, 13-19 June 2016.
Aegon Classic tennis is live from Birmingham from 13-19 June 2016. Watch and bet on tennis live from Birmingham at 365
Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, winner of the Aegon Classic in 2015, is joined by former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 2015 Eastbourne and Toronto champion Belinda Bencic at Edgbaston’s Priory Club for the 2016 edition of the Aegon Classic, beginning Monday 13 June 2016.
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.
Ana Ivanovic with the Maud Watson Trophy in 2015
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.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)
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 returns to defend her title in 2016 at the Aegon Classic after successfully defending a title for the first time in her career at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and reaching semifinals in Miami and Charleston, as well as her Australian Open triumph. The left-handed German is joined by Agnieszka Radwanska, always a delight to watch on grass, who is hoping to make it back to the Wimbledon final she reached in 2012 and is playing in Birmingham for the first time since 2007. World no. 8 Belinda Bencic, the Eastbourne champion in 2015 and a semifinalist in ‘s-Hertogenbosch last week, is the third top-10 player in the field.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is trying to shake off a difficult season at the Aegon Classic, with Doha champion Carla Suarez Navarro, WTA ‘s-Hertogenbosch 2016 champion Coco Vandeweghe, Monterrey champion Heather Watson, former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, big-serving 2014 Eastbourne champion and 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Madison Keys and 2015 French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova also in the field when the Aegon Classic begins on Monday 13 June.
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