TUESDAY START FOR SHARAPOVA AS BEST EVER PLAYER FIELD KICKS OFF IN LESS THAN THREE WEEKS

Excitement is reaching fever pitch ahead of this year’s Aegon Classic Birmingham at Edgbaston Priory Club, June 17-25th, which boasts the strongest line-up of players in the tournament’s history.

Eight of the World’s Top Ten female players will do battle over the course of week in what will be an extraordinary showcase of top class women’s sport right here at Edgbaston Priory Club

Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, world ranked No.8, is guaranteed plenty of home crowd support when she takes to the Anne Jones Centre Court and former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova is now confirmed as playing her first match on Tuesday 20th June.

The presence of other top ten players including Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep has got tennis fans clamoring to see the action unfold and the tournament is currently on course for record ticket sales.

Sharapova first lifted the Maud Watson Trophy in 2004. The victory proved to be a career breakthrough for the then 17-year-old Russian, as she went onto win the first of her five Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon just a few weeks’ later. “It was one of my most memorable tournaments as a young player,” according to Sharapova, who also won the Aegon Classic Birmingham in 2005 and was runner-up in 2007 and 2010. “I am so grateful and excited to be playing this event again and I’m looking forward to starting my grass court preparation and playing my only grass court event before Wimbledon at Birmingham.”

The full daily schedule of matches will be available the night before via the Tournament website www.aegonclassicbirmingham.com and via Twitter on @Britishtennis.

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