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Aegon Classic Birmingham: Six players to look out for

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With the Aegon Classic Birmingham taking place this month, who should you be looking out for at the tournament?

Who should you be looking out for at the Aegon Classic Birmingham?

With 32 players taking part in the singles draw at the Edgbaston Priory Club, there are plenty to choose from - but here are the players you should look out for.

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta.

The British number one, and world number eight - Johanna Konta is the biggest British name involved at the Edgbaston Priory Club this June.

Yet to win a Grand Slam, but the 26-year-old is a powerful hitter with a potent serve too, making her a real threat to any opponent.

On top of that, she's very smart with her shot selection too, and won't wilt under pressure.

Of course, she'll have plenty of backing from the British support, so don't be surprised to see her challenge for the title.

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Konta might not be the favourite, but a definite dark horse.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova.

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On the comeback from injury sustained in a knife attack in 2016, Kvitova returned to the courts at Roland Garros, and will begin her grass-court season in Birmingham.

Known for her pacey serves and aggressive style of play, Kvitova is a tricky prospect for even the best on the tour.

However, she can be coaxed into unforced errors if opponents can extend rallies.

Whilst she may not be the most consistent player to hit the Edgbaston Priory Club, she can definitely threaten if she finds form.

Madison Keys

Madison Keys.

Last year's Champion, Madison Keys returns to Birmingham in an effort to retain the Maud Watson trophy.

Placed 13th in the WTA tour rankings, she won't be expected to repeat, but is more than capable of doing so.

Known for her powerful ball striking, she prefers to play from the baseline and take control of rallies to wear out her opponents.

Good on the volley and able to turn points in her favour, the best way to take her on is to force her around the court to create winners.

A threat, but unlikely to go as far as last time around.

Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina.

Ranked fifth in the WTA Tour, Svitolina is the highest seeded player in the tournament after a number of withdrawals.

French Open quarter-finalist and Olympic quarter-finalist, the Ukrainian is a strong baseline player.

Known for her backhand, she's accurate on the move and will be one of the favourites to claim the title at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

She has some flaws though, with her serve not always the biggest and her net play known as a chink in her armour.

Despite this, she's likely to cause problems for every opponent.

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza.

A one-time Wimbledon runner-up and former French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza is likely to go deep into the tournament.

With flat, powerful groundstrokes and a powerful serve, breaking her can be tricky - especially if she's catching chalk on her shots.

Most comfortable on clay, grass is a surface she's very capable on too - so you can still expect the best from her in Edgbaston.

She is known for being somewhat inconsistent in matches though, and can hit plenty of unforced errors too.

Very good, but beatable.

Heather Watson

Heather Watson.

The British number two, Watson will draw plenty of home cheers if she goes far in the tournament.

Known for her good footwork, on-court intelligence and timing, she can cause problems for opposing players when she's on her game.

She's yet to get past the third round in a Grand Slam singles event, but has had noted success on the doubles circuit - holding the Wimbledon mixed doubles title.

The home support could help her power on, and she may need it too, as she faces top-seeded Elina Svitolina first in the main draw.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
@LHatfield_Star

Digital Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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