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Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Sun 16, 2019 7:47 am

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.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by djmm1962 » Jun Mon 17, 2019 6:50 am

Go Vee!!

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 18, 2019 9:48 am

Osaka wins, so she remains No. 1 if Barty fails to win the title.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 18, 2019 6:45 pm

Pliskova vs Pliskova

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Tue 18, 2019 7:21 pm

None of those girl gonna take the title from Osaka unless she gets injured and takes some time off.
The girl is just too good for most of them.
Only Serena can do it.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Thu 20, 2019 10:18 am

Osaka out. Barty moves on to No. 1.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Thu 20, 2019 6:16 pm

Grossefavourite wrote:
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Osaka out. Barty moves on to No. 1.
Not gonna happen. Just watch.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by rex » Jun Fri 21, 2019 9:44 am

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.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Graveller » Jun Fri 21, 2019 12:21 pm

Based on this event, Barty may do an Osaka and win back-to-back slams...
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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by sekasi » Jun Fri 21, 2019 2:00 pm

Graveller wrote:
Jun Fri 21, 2019 12:21 pm
Based on this event, Barty may do an Osaka and win back-to-back slams...
That would be great, having a number 1 holding 2 slams and winning outside the slams on all surfaces.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by djmm1962 » Jun Fri 21, 2019 10:06 pm

Ash is grooving on ...

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Fri 21, 2019 10:45 pm

sekasi wrote:
Jun Fri 21, 2019 2:00 pm
Graveller wrote:
Jun Fri 21, 2019 12:21 pm
Based on this event, Barty may do an Osaka and win back-to-back slams...
That would be great, having a number 1 holding 2 slams and winning outside the slams on all surfaces.
That would be nice. But I want my Compton Queen to get #24. After that, Barty and Osaka can own the tour and I will be rooting for them.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Sat 22, 2019 7:09 pm

Aborigine 'tomboy' at No.1 should be interesting.

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Re: Birmingham, No. 1 Battle

Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Sun 23, 2019 9:51 am

Curious to know Margaret Court's views on Barty's rise to No. 1 and GS Champ.

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