Aryna Sabalenka is one of five Top 20 players in action on the first day of main-draw play at the Nature Valley Classic.
WTA Staff
June 16, 2019

ANN JONES CENTRE COURT -- 11:30 a.m. start
[4] Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) vs. Margarita GASPARYAN (RUS)
[5] Aryna SABALENKA (BLR) vs. HSIEH Su-Wei (TPE)
Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) vs. [7] Johanna KONTA (GBR)
Mihaela BUZARNESCU (ROU) vs. [3/WC] Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE)

COURT 1 -- 11:30 a.m. start
Final round qualifying -- Iga SWIATEK (POL) vs. Bernarda PERA (USA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
[WC] Heather WATSON (GBR) vs. Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE)
Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) vs. Evgeniya RODINA (RUS)
Not Before 5:00 pm
Nadiia KICHENOK (UKR) / Abigail SPEARS (USA) vs. [WC] Harriet DART (GBR) / Venus WILLIAMS (USA)

COURT 2 -- 11:30 a.m. start
Final round qualifying -- Kristyna PLISKOVA (CZE) vs. Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE)
Not Before 1:30 pm
Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) / Julia GOERGES (GER) vs. Kaitlyn CHRISTIAN (USA) / Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO)
Jelena OSTAPENKO (LAT) / Galina VOSKOBOEVA (KAZ) vs. [WC] Sarah Beth GREY (GBR) / Eden SILVA (GBR)
[1] Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) / XU Yifan (CHN) vs. WANG Qiang (CHN) / Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR)

COURT 3 -- 11:30 a.m. start
Final round qualifying -- Anna KALINSKAYA (RUS) vs. Viktoriya TOMOVA (BUL)
Final round qualifying -- Astra SHARMA (AUS) vs. Lauren DAVIS (USA)

MATCH POINTS

Weather forecast is for clouds with sunny intervals. No prospect of rain. Maximum temperature will be 19°C/67°F.

For the first time in its history, the Nature Valley Classic will feature the players ranked World No.1, No.2 and No.3: Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, and Karolina Pliskova.

Read more: Osaka, Barty, Pliskova top historic Birmingham field with No.1 ranking in play

Pliskova brings a 3-0 head-to-head lead into her first-round tilt with Mihaela Buzarnescu. The Czech's first two wins over the Romanian came on grass courts, both of which went three sets. Pliskova won their most recent clash in straight sets, on hardcourt in Fed Cup earlier this season.

Pliskova's best showing at Birmingham is a runner-up result against Angelique Kerber in 2015, while Buzarnescu reached the semifinals last year in her tournament debut, falling to Petra Kvitova in the final four.

Read more: Barty: Birmingham is a beautiful place to play - if it stays dry!

British No.1 Johanna Konta will meet Anett Kontaveit in a first-round tussle between Top 20 players. Konta won their only prior encounter in three sets, at Acapulco in 2016.

Konta, who returned to the Top 20 after her Roland Garros semifinal run, has never been beyond the second round at Birmingham, falling at that stage on five of her six visits.

Hsieh Su-wei has won her only previous meeting against Aryna Sabalenka, in straight sets on the clay courts of Rome in 2018.