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Rain washes out play in Birmingham

The first day of play at the Wimbledon tuneup in Birmingham was washed out by rain on Monday.

Five seeded women were on the Day-1 schedule, including No. 10 Romanian Sorana Cirstea and No. 11 Czech veteran Iveta Benesova.

This week's top seeds are former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Germany's reigning Birmingham champion Sabine Lisicki, who topped this week's third seed, Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, in last years finale on the grass courts at Edgbaston Priory Club.

The winner of the $220,000 Aegon Classic will collect $37,000.