Britain's Heather Watson to compete in June's Aegon Classic WTA event
British No 1 Heather Watson will play in the WTA Aegon Classic in Birmingham later this year.
Last Updated: 05/03/13 8:45am
Watson's attendance at the Birmingham-based event is a major boost for organisers, who have previously seen this likes of Maria Sharapova and Li Na compete for the grasscourt title.
On playing at the Wimbledon warm-up event, world No39 Watson said: "I'm really excited to be coming back to the Aegon Classic this year, it's a really friendly tournament.
"I always love playing in the UK, especially on the grass and in front of the British fans. They are so enthusiastic about tennis and I feel so supported when I play at home.
"My ranking has improved a lot since last year and I'll be looking to do better than I did in 2012 where I reached the third round. It would be a dream for me to win a title on home soil."
The WTA AEGON Classic will take place at the Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham from June 9-16.