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13 - 21 June 2020

Nature Valley Classic

Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham

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Five moments that made the Nature Valley Classic

  • 2019 WTA International logo
  • 24/06/2018

  • Major Events

It’s been a brilliant week in Birmingham, with sensational ‘class on grass’ performances, beautiful sunshine and the ultimate title defence.

Check out five of our favourite moments that made the 2018 Nature Valley Classic...

1. Stars serve the perfect afternoon tea

British No.2 Heather Watson and world No.5 Elina Svitolina warmed up for the week by learning how to serve the perfect afternoon tea. The pair talked tennis and preparation whilst indulging in the traditional British pastime…

2. Tennis for Kids with Katie Boulter

Hot on the heels of reaching her first WTA singles quarter-final last week in Nottingham, Britain’s rising star Katie Boulter took time out to join local youngsters on court. Midlands-born Boulter went along to a Tennis for Kids session at the Edgbaston Archery Tennis Club, where she got stuck into the fun and games and shared her top tips for success…

3. Dennis’ day out

The Nature Valley Classic hit record-breaking sales this year with more fans entering the grounds than ever before. They have all been amazing but a special shout out goes to Dennis the Bear from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Dennis won hearts on his big day out at the tennis and made lots of friends along the way! 

4. Floss Fever

The Floss Dance craze continued to take the tennis world by storm. The ball kids were the first to catch ‘Floss Fever’ before the volunteers, grounds team, finalist Magdalena Rybarikova and Eurosport squad gave it a whirl…

 5. Queen Kvitova  

2017 champion Petra Kvitova returned to Birmingham in flawless form and made the final without dropping a single set, defeating British No.1 Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Julia Goerges and Mihaela Buzarnescu en route.

She faced her good friend Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday’s final and battled back from a set down to lift the Maud Watson trophy for a second straight year. By doing so, she re-wrote the history books by becoming the first player to defend the title since Sharapova in 2004 and 2005. All hail Queen Kvitova!

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