WTA Tennis – Birmingham Results and Schedule
|Nature Valley Classic
June 18-24, 2018
Birmingham, Great Britain
RESULTS – JUNE 18, 2018
Singles – First Round
M. Rybarikova (SVK) d  Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 62 63
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 16 62 64
N. Osaka (JPN) d [WC] K. Boulter (GBR) 61 62
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 63 76(6)
Doubles – First Round
 T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Barty (AUS) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 76(4) 63
D. Kasatkina (RUS) / G. Muguruza (ESP) d  A. Sestini Hlavackova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 26 64 10-7
N. Melichar (USA) / K. Peschke (CZE) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Groenefeld (GER) 76(3) 62
Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – D. Jakupovic (SLO) d  B. Pera (USA) 63 64
Qualifying –  Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d C. Perrin (SUI) 76(2) 64
Qualifying –  J. Brady (USA) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 76(7) 46 64
Qualifying – O. Dodin (FRA) d [WC] K. Dunne (GBR) 62 64
ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
D. Vekic (CRO) vs  [WC] E. Svitolina (UKR)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [WC] H. Watson (GBR)
J. Konta (GBR) vs  P. Kvitova (CZE)
 G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
COURT 1 start 11:30 am
 J. Goerges (GER) vs M. Sakkari (GRE)
[Q] D. Jakupovic (SLO) vs  E. Mertens (BEL)
[Q] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) vs  D. Kasatkina (RUS)
[Q] O. Dodin (FRA) vs A. Barty (AUS)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) / D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs V. King (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
COURT 2 start 11:30 am
A. Cornet (FRA) vs E. Makarova (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
T. Babos (HUN) vs M. Buzarnescu (ROU)
 C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs P. Martic (CRO)
[Q] J. Brady (USA) vs B. Strycova (CZE)
Konta and Kvitova headline Super Tuesday at the Nature Valley Classic
Tuesday is set to be a blockbuster day at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, headlined by the much-anticipated first round clash between British No.1 Johanna Konta and defending Nature Valley Classic champion Petra Kvitova.
Konta will be bidding to keep up the run of form that saw her reach the final of last week’s Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, while Kvitova is hoping to defend the title she won so memorably twelve months ago at the Edgbaston Priory Club.
Konta said she was not surprised to see Kvitova’s name next to hers so early in the tournament.
“You learn to expect it at these tournaments because the level of field is always incredibly strong. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve played her three times before and she’d beaten me twice. She’s a two-time Wimbledon champion, she plays incredibly well on this surface and she’s coming off the back of a great season so far,” said Konta.
“So it’s a great opportunity for me to really use the five matches that I had in succession last week to go out there and work really hard, compete hard and trust in my ability. I know that I can play really well on this surface as well so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play against such an in-form player.”
Kvitova will be drawing on the great memories she has from her comeback victory in Birmingham last year. “It was a good tournament to win for sure, it gave me something that I knew I could complete and play again which is the most important thing,” said Kvitova. “I can’t do anything about the draw but obviously Jo is great player, a great first round opponent. She’s playing good tactics, doesn’t really give time to her opponents and I’m sure it will be the same tomorrow.”
Konta’s compatriot Heather Watson will also be in action when she takes on Lesia Tsurenko, while Nottingham champion Ashleigh Barty will take on qualifier Oceane Dodin, who snatched away Briton Katy Dunne’s chances of qualifying for the 32-player main draw by beating her 6-2 6-4 in the final round of qualifying on Monday.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza does not have the easiest of draws either. Takes on accomplished Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her opening match of her bid to win her first grass-court title since that memorable victory at SW19 nearly twelve months ago.