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Muguruza to play in Birmingham before Wimbledon title defence
February 19, 2018 | 10:00 PM
by Reuters
Garbine Muguruza: "Winning my first Wimbledon title was so special and I can't wait to play in front of British crowds again."
 
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London: Spain's Garbine Muguruza will prepare for the defence of her Wimbledon title by playing the Birmingham Classic on grass in June, the tournament organisers said on Monday.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza, who defeated Venus Williams to claim her maiden Wimbledon title, will join British No. 1 Johanna Konta and twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the field at Edgbaston Priory Club.

"Winning my first Wimbledon title was so special and I can't wait to play in front of British crowds again," the world No. 3, who reached the semifinals in Birmingham last year, said in a statement.

Kvitova is the defending champion at the WTA Premier tournament, which will be played from June 16-24.



The event precedes the Eastbourne International, which is a last chance for players to fine-tune their grasscourt game before Wimbledon.

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