2016 Aegon Classic

Radwanska set for Birmingham return

Ex-Eastbourne winner warms up at Aegon Classic

Agnieszka Radwanska is due to make her long waited return to the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham’s Aegon Classic to kick-start her grass court season.

The Devonshire Park-bound ace, who slipped from world #2 to #3 after Spaniard Garbine Muguruza beat American superstar Serena Williams to capture the French Open, enjoys grass as it suits her specific skills.

Having won at Eastbourne and finished runner-up at Wimbledon, the popular Pole has recently hit a resurgent streak since last year’s US Open.

But wildcard Radwanska faces stiff competition to win the Aegon Classic (11-19 June) with Germany’s Angelique Kerber, twice-Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and British #1 Johanna Konta set to make it the strongest player line-up in the tournament’s history.

Radwanska has only competed one in Birmingham, as a rising star on the circuit when she was a teenager in 2007.

The Pole reigned supreme at Eastbourne’s 2008 Aegon International, finishing runner-up at Devonshire Park last year to Swiss teen sensation Belinda Bencic.

The 2012 Wimbledon runner-up said: “I’m really happy to come to Birmingham as I’ve heard really good things about the tournament from players

“For me it’s important to get time on grass, and adding Birmingham to my schedule before Eastbourne gives me the best possible preparation for another shot at Wimbledon.”

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