With the Birmingham Classic now over, attention turns to the Rothesay International and Wimbledon.
Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) and top seed Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) met in the 2023 Birmingham Classic at the Edgbaston Priory Club. Ostapenko took the title home, securing a victory in straight sets (7-6 (8), 6-4) against her Czech counterpart, also being the Latvian’s first-ever victory in Birmingham.
Not only that, but Ostapenko won on a grass court for just the second time, with her first coming in 2021 when she won the Rothesay International. This win also secured a 6th singles title for the Latvian.
Ostapenko had to beat the likes of Anastasia Potapova, Magdalena Frech, and Linda Noskova, with the most notable victory coming against Venus Williams in the second round. The victory against Williams was significant, with the American one of the sport’s most successful players with 7 Grand Slam singles titles, Five Wimbledon wins and two victories at the US Open.
Onto the game itself, Ostapenko forced the first break point in the sixth match of the opening set. Both players are former Grand Slam Champions, and the Latvian dropped just seven points to serve with the score at 6-5. Ostapenko won the tiebreak to win the first set.
From there on in, the Latvian did not look back. Despite a good start into the second set, Krejcikova managed to win a game, but the Czech eventually trailed a double break at 4-1. Nonetheless, she did still threaten a comeback. To the relief of Ostapenko, she managed to keep her composure whilst also keeping unforced errors to a minimum.
The Latvian, currently the world number 17, managed to see out the match to seal victory in the Birmingham Classic. These two players are both participating in the Rothesay International in Eastbourne, which is already underway, with the action coming to a close on Saturday, 1st July 2023.
The most recent singles winner of the Rothesay International came in June 2022 when Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 in the final. As for the men’s singles, Taylor Fritz beat fellow American Maxime Cressy in the 2022 Final.
The highly anticipated Wimbledon Championships are also finally underway, with the action coming to a close on 16th July 2023.
Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina is the most recent women’s singles champion at Wimbledon, winning her first major title after beating Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the 2022 Final. The legendary Novak Djokovic won his 7th Wimbledon title in the men’s singles last time out. Matthew Ebden & Max Purcell won the most recent men’s doubles final at Wimbledon, with Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova winning the women’s doubles title in 2022.
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