By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova, Johanna Konta
- 2016 Champion: Madison Keys
- Main Draw Brits: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady
BIRMINGHAM, UK – After being hit with a stack of withdrawals including World No. 1 Angelique Kerber on Media All-Access day, the field is wide open as Wimbledon prep continues.
Draws & Results
|Order of Play|
 Elina Svitolina
After her successes on the clay this year, Svitolina finds herself the highest seed standing after a raft of withdrawals including Angelique Kerber on the Sunday before the tournament. However grass is not her best surface despite a flurry to the quarter-final of Den Bosh three years ago.
Birmingham has not been a happy hunting ground for her either – she has been bounced out in the opening round twice, and opens with Heather Watson coming in on a wild-card. She ought to progress but the home crowd might have more to say about that.
Normally pretty solid in recent years on the grass, Cibulkova has been making slow progress after a wrist injury at the start of the clay court season. Her grass season opener was already pretty short-lived as she exited Den Bosch in the first round.
She returns to Birmingham for the first time since 2007 where she exited in the first round of qualies. And with the Eastbourne title to defend, she is in need of some games before the unique conditions offered on the coast.
Cibulkova moves to the top of the draw following Kerber’s withdrawal.
 Johanna Konta
The British No. 1 and World No. 8 finds herself in the position of being one of the most in-form players this grass-court season if the casualty list is anything to go by. What might be an issue though is overplaying on the run-in to Wimbledon, which is where she ought to be peaking.
With the decimated field she has a good chance for a really deep run here, but the will to perform well in her (literal) home tournament may leave her overcooked when Wimbledon comes around.
The Aegon Classic takes place between 19-25 June.
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