Sharapova and Keys withdraw from Birmingham, Vekic joins area
Former Birmingham runner-up Donna Vekic has now joined the sector, alongside British No.1 Johanna Konta, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, World No.5 Elina Svitolina, World No.7 Karolina Pliskova, and Prime 20 gamers Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens, CoCo Vandeweghe, Naomi Osaka, Magdalena Rybarikova and Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
Vekic is a confirmed grass-court performer, having received final 12 months’s Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, the place she beat Konta within the ultimate. The pair went on to have one other thrilling encounter at Wimbledon in what was one of many stand-out girls’s matches of the Championships. The Croatian was runner-up in Birmingham as a youngster in 2013, when she misplaced to Daniela Hantuchova.
Nature Valley Basic Match Director Patrick Hughesman stated: ”Including Donna to the draw is a giant bonus as a result of she’s arguably one of the crucial harmful gamers on the market on a grass-court and I am positive that she’ll have good recollections of reaching the ultimate right here in 2013.
“After all it’s at all times disappointing to lose gamers of the stature of Madison and Maria however that is the character of sport and we perceive that their well being has to return first, notably after a gruelling clay courtroom season. Fortuitously our participant checklist remains to be extremely robust and this stays among the best line-ups the event has ever had.”
The Nature Valley Basic takes place from June 18 to 24.
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