World No.1 Angelique Kerber has withdrawn from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham - but says she will be raring to go at Wimbledon.
WTA Staff

BIRMINGHAM, England - World No.1 Angelique Kerber has withdrawn from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham due to a hamstring injury - but hopes to return to full fitness before Wimbledon.

"Of course I'm really sad to pull out from Birmingham, because I love this tournament and I have so many great memories, but I feel my left hamstring," she explained. "I don't want to risk anything before the big event [Wimbledon] in two weeks."

The German admitted she was disappointed not to get her grass-court season under way after a lacklustre clay-court swing, but added that she was focused now on preparing as fully as possible for Wimbledon - where she was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2016.

"After Paris, I sat down with my team," she said. "We have a few things that we've tried to change in my game, and this is what I will try right now."