Week #24 preview: Birmingham, Barcelona

Birmingham (GBR), Tier III, $200,000
The first grass tournament of the season will take place in Birmingham. In spite of some late withdrawals due to different injuries after Roland Garros, the tournament will feature stars as Marion Bartoli, Nicole Vaidisova, Alona Bondarenko and the comeback of Sania Mirza. The presence of Dinara Safina, Roland Garros finalist, is in doubt due to fatigue.

Barcelona (ESP), Tier IV, $145,000Despite most of the players are already focused in Wimbledon preparation, a clay tournament is hold in Barcelona. Although it is a Tier Iv, it will present an interesting field including Shahar Peer, Maria Kirilenko, Dominika Cibulkova,home favourite Anabel Medina and Roland Garros surprising quarter-finalists Kaia Kanepi and Carla Suarez.

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