Joining the previously-named British number one Laura Robson, British number two Heather Watson, and France’s world number 14 Marion Bartoli are Italians Roberta Vinci, who rose to a career high of world number 12 in the singles rankings only last month, and world number 34 Francesca Schiavone, who had her first victory in 12 months last month in Marrakech.
Grass court pedigree players also confirmed to play include the world number 30 and Austrian number one Tamira Paszek, whose season last year was highlighted by a nine-match grass court winning streak, including winning her third WTA title at Eastbourne; and world number 24 Ekaterina Makarova from Russia who achieved her career-high ranking of 19th in January.
The tournament also welcomes back defending champion Melanie Oudin of the USA who is currently ranked world number 98; and 2011’s Aegon Classic winner Sabine Lisicki from Germany, who last year reached the quarter finals of Wimbledon.
Lawrence Robertson, commercial director at the LTA, said, “We’re really pleased to announce another top quality player field for this year’s Aegon Classic.
“This first rate line-up offers visitors to Edgbaston the chance to see world class tennis from global greats, like Bartoli and Vinci, as well as home-grown talents in Heather Watson and Laura Robson.
“With five wild card places still yet to be appointed, we hope to be able to announce more top names participating in the event within the next few weeks.
“With a great mix of established and rising talent in the field, the tournament is certain to showcase a thrilling week of tennis.”
Former winners of the event include Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Li Na.
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- Roberta Vinci
- Laura Robson
- Heather Watson
- Marion Bartoli
- Ekaterina Makarova