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Rothesay Classic Birmingham

Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham 2025 dates TBC

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Rothesay Classic Birmingham 2024: Qualifier Amelia Rajecki earns place in first WTA main draw


Britain’s Amelia Rajecki marked a career milestone during the opening weekend of the Rothesay Classic Birmingham after knocking out the ninth seed in qualifying, Katie Volynets.

Rajecki, 22, stunned the world No.77 with a 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-4 victory to reach her first WTA main draw.

Speaking after her win, Rajecki said, “It’s really exciting. I played a few WTA matches last summer and I came very close to qualifying, so it’s great to get over the line here.

“I honestly had no expectations coming into this event, so it’s a nice bonus.”

Entering the event ranked world No.794, Rajecki is a former collegiate tennis player of North Carolina State University and holds multiple records, including becoming the highest ranked women’s tennis player in the programme’s history.  

“As a Freshman I never believed that I’d achieve the stats I did as a Senior. I’d watch the top 10 Seniors on court and question whether that would be me one day, so to go on and break records was a full circle moment for me,” said Rajecki.

Having recently completed her senior year, Rajecki’s marked her return to the UK in blistering style, banking successive victories against two top 100 stars to qualify for the main draw.


The 22-year-old produced a scintillating performance in the opening round of qualifying, earning her first top 100 victory after ousting former Acapulco champion, Yafan Wang, before going head-to-head with the Californian in front of a home crowd.

Rajecki sealed the opening set before recovering from a break down in the second as she came in touching distance of a straight-sets victory. But the American regained momentum to edge ahead of the home favourite, securing the tiebreak on her fourth set point.

With two sets apiece, the Brit showcased her mental strength in the final sprint, bouncing back from a 4-0 deficit to win an impressive six successive games, sealing the victory in two hours and 13 minutes.

Reflecting on the match, Rajecki added, “[Volynets] played really well.

“I think I was annoyed that I didn’t win the tie-break in the second set and that’s what led to me trailing behind in the third, but once I was 4-0 down, I forgot about the scoreline and just thought I have nothing to lose.

“Plus, the crowd really helped me along the way.”

Rajecki will be joining fellow Brits Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart, and Heather Watson in the opening round at the Edgbaston Priory Club, kicking-off Monday 17 June.

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