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Tennis - 16. June 2012.

Aegon Classic interrupted by the Great British Weather

AEGON CLASSIC
Birmingham, England
June 11-17, 2012
$220,000/International
Grass/Outdoors




Friday, June 15, 2012

Singles - Third Round

Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) 64 75

Suspended due to rain


Singles - Quarterfinals
(Q) Zheng Jie (CHN) leads (4) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 56

Doubles - Quarterfinals
(1) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) lead Dushevina/Tanasugarn (RUS/THA) 64 22

Report from the LTA


Zheng Jie and Roberta Vinci will be back at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Saturday after a typical British summer’s day meant their quarter-final was left unfinished, and none of the others were able to get on court.

World number 32 Zheng was leading 6-3, 5-6 in the first match on Centre Court when play was suspended for the day following a series of heavy showers.

Zheng had served for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

One result was possible as Misaki Doi of Japan wrapped up a 6-4, 7-5 win over Stephanie Foretz-Gacon to complete the quarter-final line-up. That match was suspended midway through the second set on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Doi will play her first ever WTA Tour quarter-final against the vastly experienced Jelena Jankovic, who is looking for her first title since 2010.

Left-hander Doi clearly enjoys the grass though. She beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Zheng on her way to the third round of Wimbledon last year for her best Grand Slam run.

Doi and Jankovic will be on Centre Court following the completion of the Vinci-Zheng match on what could be a very busy Saturday, featuring both the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

The all-American quarter-final between Melanie Oudin and Irina Falconi opens play on Court 3 at 1100 BST when Ekaterina Makarova plays Su-Wei Hsieh on Court 4.

The semi-finals will be on Centre Court later in the day.

The doubles semi-final line-up is also due to be completed on Saturday, as top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond continue their bid for an eighth title together.

British pair Heather Watson and Laura Robson are hoping to finish off their match against Timea Babos and Hsieh.

As the rain fell on Friday, Watson entertained the AEGON Classic’s social media community by smashing a chocolate football from nearby Cadbury World that had been used for several photo opportunities throughout the tournament.

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