2015 WTA Birmingham AEGON Classic Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA Jun 15-21: Birmingham

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AEGON Classic Birmingham, GBR
PREMIER $731,000 56m/32q/16d
outdoor: grass | BBC audio
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n3 Simona Halep ROU
n6 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n9 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n10 Angelique Kerber GER
n12 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n14 Andrea Petkovic GER
n19 Sabine Lisicki GER
n21 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n22 Barbora Strycova CZE
n25 Alize Cornet FRA
n26 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
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#12 Karolina Pliskova
6'1" 159lb RH 2H-BH

#10 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Birmingham, England, in the final of the AEGON Classic, the 2015 champion at Stuttgart & Charleston, 27 year old 4th seeded #10 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2015 champion at Prague, 23 year old 6th seeded #12 (career high: #12) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, 6(5)-7, 6-3, 7-6(4) (Karolina is shown during the match; Angelique is shown holding the Maude Watson Trophy afterward).

    Angelique's prize is $124,000; Karolina's prize is $66,000.

    Angelique said: "[Karolina] served unbelievably well in the important moments, and she was hitting the balls so close to the lines. I had no chance in the big moments in the first set. But I just kept fighting point by point, and it's just an unbelievable feeling to win today." WTA story

    Karolina said: "Angie was playing great. I did everything I could so I'm not really disappointed. We all saw what she can do on grass. I felt like she was just everywhere, because she moves so well on grass, and it's always tough to play a lefty on grass. Her flat shots are tough to play against as well."

    Angelique now leads Karolina 3-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in January of this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the semifinals at Sydney, when Karolina defeated Angelique 6-3, 6-2.

    Angelique is now 6-9 in WTA singles finals, and has a 30-12 singles match record this season. Karolina is now 5-5 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 34-12.


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AEGON Classic,  Birmingham, England

tourney time:
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       = US EDT +5 hours
       = US PDT +8 hours

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    Birmingham: The main draw for Birmingham has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

click for broader view   Edgbaston Priory Club
Latitude: 52.458128 Longitude: -1.91263

AEGON Classic venue address: The Edgbaston Priory Club, Sir Harrys Road, Birmingham, England

2013: On Wednesday, June 12, Tara Moore, Anne Keothavong and Alison Riske did the cupcake thing at Birmingham...
Birmingham, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $2,280 US; points: 1
*n59 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n21 s9 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n22 s10 Barbora Strycova CZE d n61 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Tue
n67 Christina McHale USA d n25 s11 Alize Cornet FRA 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n26 s12 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n37 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(7), 6-4 Tue

Vika driving a forehand

    Vika said: "I felt that I didn't really start well. I wasn't really there. I was missing too much. Of course she played well and forced me to do a lot of things but I just didn't feel that I put in enough energy or concentration. Something wasn't quite working... I just tried to stay positive as much as possible and try and fight through it. I think that was one thing that I did really well today. I made something happen in the important moments and tried to change the flow of the match in my favor." WTA story

n28 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n41 Karin Knapp ITA 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2 Tue
*n72 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n29 s14 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 4-6, 7-6(10), 6-4 Tue
n30 s15 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB d n62 Tereza Smitkova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Tue

JJ serving

n31 s16 Caroline Garcia FRA d n80 q Tatjana Maria GER 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(6) Tue

Caroline following a forehand

n32 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n117 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-6(7), 7-6(5) Tue
n33 Belinda Bencic SUI d n58 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 7-5, 6-3 Tue

Belinda's backhand drive

*n85 q Klara Koukalova CZE d n34 CoCo Vandeweghe USA 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*n91 q Timea Babos HUN d n36 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6(5)-7, 7-6(5) Tue
n43 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n48 Alison Riske USA 6-3, 7-6(7) Tue

Kristina firing a forehand

*n88 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n45 Heather Watson GBR 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue

Heather and Aleksandra delivering forehands

n47 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n889 wc Katie Swan GBR 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n50 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n63 Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n147 wc Johanna Konta GBR d n52 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n55 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n66 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*n73 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n57 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 7-6(3) Mon
n64 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK d n54 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-3 Mon
*n139 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n65 LL Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*n224 wc Naomi Broady GBR d n79 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n96 q Misaki Doi JPN d n89 Monica Puig PUR 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n94 q Marina Erakovic NZL d n143 sr Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Birmingham, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $4,440 US; points: 30
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n224 wc Naomi Broady GBR 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Simona driving a backhand

    Simona said: "I had a really tough opponent today. She played really well and her first serve is very big - it's not easy to return her serve. The first set was really tough, and I can say I was a little bit lucky to get the break in the end, but overall I'm happy how I did and that I could win this match today... It's the first tournament of the year for me on grass, and it's not easy to adapt my game on grass, but last year I had good results on it and I come here with confidence. I believe I have my chances." WTA story

*n139 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6) Wed

Michelle driving a forehand

    Michelle said: "It's an unbelievable feeling. It was so nerve-racking towards the end of the tie-break. I felt a lot better in my game after qualies and beating a couple of good players. There's always pressure to come back as defending champion and maybe she felt that a little bit today. I just went in there with nothing to lose and kept going for my shots. I love the grass, it suits my game and now I guess it's my favorite surface!" WTA story

n9 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n91 q Timea Babos HUN 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Wed
n10 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n47 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Wed

Angelique launching a backhand

*n43 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n11 s5 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 Wed

Kristina driving a forehand

n12 s6 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n147 wc Johanna Konta GBR 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wed-rain-Thu
*n73 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n14 s7 Andrea Petkovic GER 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) Tue
n19 s8 Sabine Lisicki GER d n33 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-1, 7-6(4) Wed

    2011 Birmingham champion Sabine set a new WTA record on Wednesday, firing 27 aces in her 6-1, 7-6(4) win over Belinda Bencic. The previous record had been set by Alexandra Stevenson, who hit 25 aces in a 3-set qualifying match at Quebec City in 2013. WTA ace records

n22 s10 Barbora Strycova CZE d n55 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*n32 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n26 s12 Victoria Azarenka BLR walkover—foot injury Wed
n28 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n88 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-2, 6-1 Wed
n30 s15 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB d n50 Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-6(11), 6-3 Wed

JJ's forehand drive

*n85 q Klara Koukalova CZE d n31 s16 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-3, 6-0 Wed
n59 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n64 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK 7-6(0), 6-1 Wed
n67 Christina McHale USA d n96 q Misaki Doi JPN 6-3, 6-4 Wed

Christina following a forehand

n72 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n94 q Marina Erakovic NZL 7-6(6), 6-4 Wed

Birmingham, 3rd Round, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $8,670 US; points: 55
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n85 q Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 6-3

    Simona said: "I expected a tough match because [Klara] plays very hard on grass with her type of game. It's difficult to play her on this surface, but I didn't really want to think about that. I just came out here and played my game, played my style, stayed aggressive and especially served very well in the match. It was a good match for me today. It was my second match on grass this year so I'm feeling better on it, and I feel no pressure. I'm just enjoying the tennis here, and enjoying playing on this nice court." WTA story

n9 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n28 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 6-4

    Carla said: "[Svetlana is] always a tough player to face, but on grass it's always a little bit different, so we need to try and get as many matches to find our best. She always fights until the end, so I just tried to be solid and play my best tennis." WTA story

n10 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n30 s15 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-2
n12 s6 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n32 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-2, 6-2
n19 s8 Sabine Lisicki GER d n59 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-6(7), 6-4

Sabine after match point

*n43 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n22 s10 Barbora Strycova CZE 7-6(4), 6-2

Kristina driving a forehand

*n73 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n67 Christina McHale USA 6-4, 6-0
n72 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n139 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-4, 7-5

Birmingham, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $16,725 US; points: 100
*n43 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(4)

Kristina's forehand drive

    Kristina said: "I think [Simona] was very solid in the first set and I was struggling with my rhythm and the sun. In the second I just tried to start over again and be aggressive and she perhaps gave me a couple of unforced errors that got me back in the match. But I think it was a great quality match, especially because it's on grass and it's always tough to find a rhythm." WTA story

*n12 s6 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n9 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 6-2

    Karolina said: "I'd played [Carla] three times already this year and it was always a tough match. But while she's playing really well on hardcourt and clay, I think grass is not the best surface for her. I just tried to play really aggressive."

n10 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n73 Katerina Siniakova CZE 6-2, 6-4

Angelique driving a backhand

    Angelique said: "It was a very close match. The score wasn't so close, but every game was advantage, deuce. And she played very well. But I knew she'd play very well, because I saw the matches she played before this, and she also beat Andrea [Petkovic in the 2nd round]. I was ready for it and happy with my performance." WTA story

n19 s8 Sabine Lisicki GER d n72 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(2), 6-2

Sabine after match point

Birmingham, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $32,525 US; points: 185
Saturday: rain delays
n10 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n19 s8 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6-3

Angelique after match point

    The win raised Angelique's record against Sabine to 6-0. Angelique said: "I feel like I'm always very ready for every match against Sabine. Sabine is a great grass court player and serves very well, so my goal was to return very well, and I think it worked very well." WTA story

n12 s6 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n43 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-2, 7-6(6)

Karolina's forehand drive

    Karolina said: "I started the match feeling great, and as it went on it was getting worse, actually. [Kristina] was starting to play better and better, too, so I couldn't be happier to make it through in two sets." WTA story

Birmingham, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $66,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $124,000 US; points: 470
n10 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n12 s6 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6(5)-7, 6-3, 7-6(4)

Karolina and Angelique driving forehands, and Angelique after match point

Birmingham, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s4 Garbine Muguruza & Carla Suarez Navarro
    d Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4

Birmingham, Qualifying Finals, Sun Jun 14 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pt; q2 $1,000 13pts; qualifier 25 points
*n85 Klara Koukalova CZE d n65 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-1, 6-1
*n139 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n71 Irina Falconi USA 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
*n94 Marina Erakovic NZL d n78 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(4)
n88 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n100 Nicole Gibbs USA 6-4, 6(4)-7, 6-3
n91 Timea Babos HUN d n98 M Duque-Marino COL 6(5)-7, 7-6(3), 6-4 Sun-rain-Mon
*n117 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n92 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
n96 Misaki Doi JPN d n107 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) Sun-rain-Mon
n80 Tatjana Maria GER d n141 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-4, 6-3

Birmingham, Withdrawals
n13 Lucie Safarova CZE left wrist injury
n18 Madison Keys USA illness
n24 Timea Bacsinszky SUI left adductor injury
n26 Shuai Peng CHN low back injury
n35 Camila Giorgi ITA right hip injury
n36 Madison Brengle USA right shoulder injury
n41 Mona Barthel GER right wrist injury
n49 Dominika Cibulkova SVK left achilles injury
n76 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ

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