Rothesay Classic Birmingham 2022: Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter awarded wild cards into main draw
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British duo Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter have been awarded wild cards into the Rothesay Classic Birmingham.
The addition of British No.3 Dart sees the Billie Jean Cup squad member make a return to Edgbaston Priory club after a year that saw her break into the top 100 of the WTA rankings for the first time in March after she reached the last-16 of the WTA 1000 event at Indian Wells.
Now the Middlesex star is relishing the chance to shine on grass courts in front of the British fans, as he looks to build on the momentum she has built up in 2022.
“I have made strides in the right direction this year and playing in front of the home fans is always fun,” said Dart. “Hardcourts are probably my favourite surface, but I always enjoy the grass court season and have had good results on this surface so hopefully that can continue this year.”
Dart will be joined in the Birmingham draw by Leicestershire’s Boulter, who showed some good form in this week’s Rothesay Open Nottingham and the 25-year-old is looking forward to the prospect of capitalising on home support.
“I had not played any matches in 12 weeks due to injury before going to Nottingham, so to come through qualifying meant a lot to me and proved that all efforts I have put in were worthwhile,” said Boulter. “I have put in a lot of work on the practice courts and I’m sure that will pay off now. I love playing on grass and hopefully I can win many more matches this year.”
Dart and Boulter will be joined in Birmingham by five former major champions, with 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, returning to the familiar ground after reaching the quarter-finals at Edgbaston Priory Club on two previous occasions (2016 and 2019).
You can watch the Rothesay Classic Birmingham live across the BBC digital channels and on Amazon Prime Video.
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