By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova
  • Defending champion: Petra Kvitova
  • Main Draw Brits: Katie Boulter, Johanna Konta, Heather Watson
BIRMINGHAM, UK – After her triumphant comeback last year, it is very much business as usual for defending champion Petra Kvitova as the grass season picks up pace.


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Draws & Results

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Order of Play


[1] Garbiñe Muguruza

The reigning Wimbledon champion seems older and wiser when it comes to dealing with the mounting pressure of defending her latest crown, and seems to be ready to make some waves on the grass after a decent run in Roland Garros.

Muguruza’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • R2: Barbora Strycova
  • QF: Daria Kasatkina [6]
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [3]
  • F: Elina Svitolina [2/WC]


[2/WC] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018

Elina Svitolina in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It was perhaps another disappointing Roland Garros campaign after what had looked like a very promising clay court season, and early matches had Svitolina as very much the favourite to take her first Grand Slam crown.

However, her aims for the grass are a little more basic than that as for the last couple of years she has had to contend injuries in this short part of the season.

Svitolina’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Donna Vekic
  • R2: Ekaterina Makarova
  • QF: Coco Vandeweghe [8]
  • SF: Petra Kvitova [4]
  • F: Garbiñe Muguruza [1]



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[3] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final of the WTA Mutua Madrid Open, 2018

Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final of the WTA Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Despite a decent start to the clay court season with the Stuttgart title, and the Madrid semi-final, things tailed off a little, and she has a tricky start in Birmingham, against Magdalena Rybarikova, who ousted Pliskova at Wimbledon last year in the second round. Pliskova seems to thrive on the warm-up tournament and falls short in the main show.

Pliskova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Magdalena Rybarikova
  • R2: Katerina Siniakova
  • QF: Elise Mertens [7]
  • SF: Garbiñe Muguruza [1]
  • F: Elina Svitolina [2/WC]


[4] Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova – 2017 WTA Aegon Classic © Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The defending champion has well and truly put the emotions of her comeback last year behind her. She went through an astonishing 13-match winning streak on the clay, before a tough loss in Roland Garros, and she has a tough start here against Johanna Konta, who reached the final once more in Nottingham.

  • R1: Johanna Konta
  • R2: Daria Gavrilova
  • QF: Julia Goerges [5]
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [2/WC]
  • F: Garbiñe Muguruza [1]
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