Rothesay Classic Birmingham 2022: Raducanu one of four former major champions on entry list
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Four former Grand Slam champions are set to compete at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham in 2022 as Emma Raducanu is joined by former world No.1 Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens.
The entry list for the Rothesay Classic Birmingham has been confirmed, with British No.1 and US Open champion Emma Raducanu the highest-ranked player in a field.
Raducanu will be joined in Birmingham by Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who has reached the quarter-finals at Edgbaston Priory Club on two previous occasions (2016 and 2019). Former French Open champion, Ostapenko, was one of the top performers during last year's grass court season - lifting the trophy at the Eastbourne International.
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Romania’s Simona Halep will also be making a return to Birmingham, with the 2018 French Open champion and 2019 Wimbledon champion a winner on the WTA Tour in 2022 after her victory in Melbourne last January.
Sloane Stephens the 2017 US Open champion is also in the mix, along with Halep’s compatriot Sorana Cirstea (world No.27), Italy’s Camila Giorgi (world No.29), Belgium’s Elise Mertens (world No.33) and last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic (world No.44) rounding out an impressive line-up for a WTA 250 event, with 15 of the world’s top 50 entered, including the four major title winners.
Patrick Hughesman, tournament director at Rothesay Classic Birmingham: said: “Having a trio of major champions entering the Rothesay Classic WTA 250 event is an incredibly exciting prospect for all tennis and sports fans alike. Emma Raducanu, Jelena Ostapenko, and Simona Halep will certainly provide some of the hottest tickets in the Midlands sporting calendar as they turn up the heat in trying to win and lift the famous Maud Watson Trophy on finals day.
"We are also excited to celebrate 40 years of our great tournament and have some wonderful events over the course of the week to toast this moment. I can’t wait to welcome the players back to Birmingham together with the potential of having capacity crowds.”