2016 Aegon Classic

Aegon Classic Preview: Radwanska raring to go

Pole makes overdue return to Birmingham

Agnieszka Radwanska, the world #3, warms up for a shot at winning Eastbourne for a second time with a return to Birmingham for this week’s Aegon Classic.

The #1 seed at the idyllic Edgbaston Priory Club, bounced back from a few seasons in the wilderness by reigniting since last year’s US Open.

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And last season Radwanska competed at Nottingham’s Aegon Open, then rested ahead of her fabulous run to the final at Eastbourne’s Aegon International – where she simply ran out of steam to be outsmarted by Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in the third and final set at Devonshire Park.

Radwanska, who has already captured one WTA Tour title this term, has a very tricky 1st Round opponent in American ace CoCo Vandeweghe.

The Pole suffered a shock defeat at Nottingham and will be cautious against the newly-crowned Ricoh Open champion, big serving Californian Vandeweghe winning in the Netherlands without dropping a set all week.

Czech star Karolina Pliskova, who also scooped a grass-court title on Sunday by capturing the Aegon Open in Nottingham, is one to watch before she joins Radwanska at Eastbourne.

Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon winner from the Czech Republic, and former world #1 Caroline Wozniacki From Denmark are two other popular players in the draw who are regular visitors to the Devonshire Park for the pre-Wimbledon Aegon International.

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Australian-born ace Johanna Konta is one of four British players at the Aegon Classic, with the Eastbourne-based star drawn against compatriot Tara Moore who made a stunning run to the semi-final stage at Nottingham.

Heather Watson, who goes into the qualifiers at Eastbourne, joins the main draw along with British #3 Naomi Broady.

And of course, potentially awaiting in the final is the #2 seed with four Brits in the main draw: Heather Watson, Johanna Konta, Tara Moore and Naomi Broady.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber returns to defend her title but Romanian Simona Halep, the world #6, has withdrawn citing an Achilles injury.

She said: “It’s nothing serious, but I have almost two weeks to recover before Wimbledon so I will take a few days’ rest and then some treatment and then start to play again.”

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