Rothesay Classic Birmingham 2023: Barbora Krejcikova vs Jelena Ostapenko – how to watch the Birmingham final
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Sit tight as Sunday Final day is set to be an explosive one with two former Grand Slam champions going head-to-head in what is set to be a mouth-watering match up.
The stage is set as the Czech Barbora Krejcikova and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko prepare to go to battle but, with one Roland Garros title apiece, who will prevail in this sure to be epic showdown?
With both players yet to win any silverware here at the Edgbaston Priory Club, it’s anyone’s game.
How to watch the Rothesay Classic Birmingham final
You can watch coverage of all the finals on the BBC digital channels and the WTA event on Prime Video.
Rothesay Classic Birmingham singles finals preview
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE, world No.12, seeded No.1) vs Jelena Ostapenko (LAT, world No.17, seeded No.2)
The No.1 and No.2 seed have met six times at tour level, with Ostapenko just claiming the scalp of her higher ranked counterpart, winning four of their previous six encounters.
Krejcikova, who has won 10 of her last 11 matches on tour, successively sealed her place in a grass court final for the first time in her career after defeating world No.39, Lin Zhu.
The 27-year-old breezed through the rounds in Birmingham, going from strength to strength as she overcame Cristina Bucsa, and compatriots Tereza Martincova and Linda Fruhvirtova, before dispatching Zhu in her first-ever semi-final win on this surface.
Prior to making her debut in the singles at the Rothesay Classic, the world No.12 has fought to progress back through the rankings, having sat outside of the top 10 since her defeat to Diane Parry in the opening round of the French Open last season.
Having ascended back into the top 10 as a result of her emphatic run in the West Midlands, the Czech star has achieved her 10th career final, adding match win No.24 to her tally this season.
Krejcikova’s talents are not limited to the singles, however, standing in at world No.2 in the doubles with an impressive 17 titles to her name, including eight Grand Slam trophies as well as Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
The only thing standing in her way of her first grass title is a player who needs no introduction when it comes to this surface: former Eastbourne title holder and Wimbledon semi-finalist, Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.
The top two seeds are slated to play each other in the final after Ostapenko overcame Anastasia Potapova - victor of home favourite Harriet Dart’s quarter-final clash – 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Speaking about her impending clash with Krejcikova, Ostapenko said: “Recently we played in Rome, and it was a very tough match! She’s a fantastic player and I’m sure it will be a very interesting match.”
Winning her fourth successive three-set thriller, the Latvian has had a marathon of a draw, dispatching Linda Noskova, superstar Venus Williams and Magdalena Frech prior to her win on the Ann Jones Centre Court today.
Considered a rich grass court pedigree, Ostapenko’s win over Potapova has paved the way for a third grass court final in three years, having reached back-to-back finals at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne.
Just one title shy of her fierce competitor, the world No.17 has won her fair share of titles – five to be exact - and among them are the French Open, the Masters 1000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and the Luxembourg Open.
Much like Krejcikova herself, Ostapenko is also a keen doubles player, ranked 17 in both the singles and doubles with a total of six accolades to her name – one of which she earnt here in Birmingham last year with partner Lyudmyla Kichenok.