Schiavone top seed after AEGON wild-card

Schiavone top seed after AEGON wild-card
By Eurosport

09/06/2012 at 07:08Updated 09/06/2012 at 08:09

Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will be the top seed at the AEGON Classic after accepting a wild card into the main draw.

The Italian’s participation was announced at the draw ceremony at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Friday, which was attended by Jelena Jankovic, Daniela Hantuchova and Sorana Cirstea.

The top eight seeds receive a bye into the second round. British number one Elena Baltacha is seeded 15th and will play Kai-Chen Chang of Chinese Taipei in the first round.

Anne Keothavong is up against last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finalist Tamira Paszek, while Heather Watson faces Paula Ormaechea of Argentina. Laura Robson will play one of eight qualifiers, with qualifying beginning at 11am on Saturday 9 June.

The AEGON Classic is the first WTA Tour grass court tournament of the season.

“It’s my favourite surface,” said Hantuchova, who lost to Sabine Lisicki in last year’s final in Edgbaston.

“With the Olympics being played on grass (at Wimbledon) this year, it’s going to be a very exciting time of the year.”