Lindsay Davenport, Jelena Dokic and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario are the first leading WTA Tour players to be named to compete in June’s Britannic Asset Championships at Eastbourne.
With the trio all boasting an impressive Wimbledon pedigree, spectators at Devonshire Park seem in for a real treat of top class grass court tennis.
Davenport, who saw off the challenge of Spaniard Magui Serna in last year’s final, returns to try to defend her crown. The American was crowned 1999 Wimbledon champion.
Australian-based Yugoslav ace Dokic, beaten by Davenport in their 2000 Wimbledon semi-final showdown, is an exciting talent on the circuit.
She was the undisputed Junior world #1 in 1998 and the following year caused on of the most major upsets in the history of the sport by thrashing world #1 Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 in the 1st Round at Wimbledon as a Qualifier. Dokic also took the scalp of #9 seed Mary Pierce of France in straight sets before bowing out in the quarter-finals to rising US star Alexandra Stevenson.
Sanchez-Vicario, Spain’s twice-Wimbledon finalist Arantxa, completes the big names set to appear at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.
Championships director John Feaver said: “We are delighted, it shows the high regard in which Eastbourne is held by the top players.”