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No.1 Up for Grabs at Historic Staging of WTA Birmingham
With the top three players in the WTA rankings tucked inside the Nature Valley Classic draw, WTA fans can get set for what should be an incredible week of grass-court tennis in Birmingham.
Top-seeded and World No.1 Naomi Osaka has drawn Maria Sakkari in the first round, second-seeded and World No.2 Ashleigh Barty has drawn Donna Vekic and third-seeded and World No.3 Karolina Pliskova has drawn Mihaela Buzarnescu.
Too many good first-rounders at Birmingham (Nature Valley Classic, @the_LTA), including Osaka-Sakkari and Barty-Vekic. Full draw below.
According to WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen, No.1 will be up for grabs in Birmingham as Barty will enter just 252 points behind Osaka in the updated WTA rankings. It won’t be easy for Barty, who will need to win the title if Osaka wins her opening match.
This year's Nature Valley Classic marks the first time in tournament history that the WTA's top three players have been in the field.
In addition to the previously mentioned top three seeds, there are some excellent first-round matches on top at Birmingham. Venus Williams will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovic, Julia Goerges will face Dayana Yastremska and Aryna Sabalenka will square off with Hsieh Su-Wei.
Jelena loses to Petra M. in 3, a match she was firmly in control of for 2 sets (up 4-0 in the lst 2 sets), but imploded in the end, eating a candy cane in the 3rd. 20 Dfs, adding to a sum total of "70" donations for the match, while Petra donated 24 points. Hopefully, one day she, as well as Sabalenka, will mature out of error mode and play precise, consistent quality tennis and not whip themselves as often as they do.