Edgbaston Priory Club welcomed Clare Balding and guests for a special edition of BT Sport’s The Clare Balding Show on day three of the Aegon Classic.
Broadcast from the Members’ Gallery, overlooking match courts 1-4, Clare Balding’s guests included tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, Olympian, Rebecca Adlington and British Fed Cup Team captain, Judy Murray.
Fine weather ensured another full day’s play of tennis for spectators with over 900 local school children attending the event. They enjoyed tennis taster sessions hosted by Warwickshire LTA and took part in a Q&A session with Judy Murray.
On the Ann Jones centre court, Sloane Stephens knocked out Francesca Schiavone of Italy in straight sets. The American No.3 seed came through against the 2013 quarter-finalist 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes to progress into the third round where she meets Alison Riske who overcame qualifier Nadia Kichenok 7-6(4), 6-1.
Australian second seed Sam Stosur began her Aegon Classic campaign against American Christina McHale coming through swiftly with a 6-1, 6-3 win. The 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist, Kirsten Flipkens was also in action on court No 1 where she defeated the Italian, Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-2 in just under an hour.
Tomorrow is Ladies Day at the Aegon Classic and play starts at 11am. Click here to view the order of play.
Martina Navratilova will be in action on court at the Aegon Classic on Sunday 15th June in a special exhibition match with Tim Henman, Jamie Murray and Anne Keothavong in support of Rally for Bally. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis. Elena Baltacha, former British No. 1, died last month aged 30 of liver cancer.
The match at the Aegon Classic is one of three exhibition matches being staged in memory of Elena Baltacha, the others being at the the Aegon International at Eastbourne and the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club in London.