Angelique Kerber is the new Aegon Classic Birmingham champion after defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) in a tense final of world class quality on the Ann Jones Centre Court at Edgbaston Priory Club.
Kerber joins an illustrious list of past winners to lift the Maud Watson Trophy. Twice a runner-up at the Aegon International Eastbourne, the Wimbledon semi-finalist now adds one of the most prestigious grass-court titles on the WTA Tour, her first on the surface, to her list of wins.
In the doubles final, the No.4 seeded Spanish pairing of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro followed onto Centre Court for the doubles final and overcame the Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4.
Finals day was a worthy climax to a week of world class tennis which saw the strongest player line-up in the tournament’s history and record attendance figures.
The Aegon Classic Birmingham is a key event for the players as they prepare for The Championships at Wimbledon and the new Champion, Angelique Kerber, was one of many players to pay tribute to the Club’s groundsteam for the quality of the grass courts at Edgbaston Priory Club.
Many players praised the Club’s facilities, including British player Naomi Broady who said: “It’s a beautiful club and you guys are lucky to have this in your area”.
Members and visitors to the Edgbaston Priory Club were treated to some fiercely contested matches on Centre Court in fine weather (most days) and enjoyed Pimm’s and BBQ off court between matches.
A fine way to spend a week in June!