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AEGON Tennis: Brits are buzzing but seeds fall flat

Posted on Tuesday, 19 June by

Laura Robson and Heather Watson both advance to the second round of the Aegon International at Devonshire Park, on a day of shocks that saw the seeds sent tumbling.

Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska were all knocked out of the Aegon International at the first hurdle.

Kvitova and Radwanska were both beaten relatively comfortably in straight sets by Ekaterina Makarova and Tsvetana Pironkova respectively. Meanwhile Wozniacki produced a mini-fightback after being blown away in the first set of her match against American, Christina McHale, before eventually losing in three sets 1-6, 7-6, 4-6.

A despondent Wozniacki said afterward, “I started off not really well, especially on my serves. I didn’t get any advantage out of those.

“In the second set I felt like I found my game. The level of tennis raised from both of us and in the third it could’ve gone either way.”

Andy Roddick remained upbeat after his first Devonshire Park appearance was cut short when his opponent, Sam Querrey, retired hurt at 5-2 down in the first set.

“I didn’t know he was dealing with something out there. You know, regardless of what he’s got going on, I hit the ball really well.

“Last couple of days it’s been really good in practice. I don’t know why, or how, or what the process has been, but it’s felt pretty good.”

A-Rod was full of praise for the Devonshire Park club, and Eastbourne as a whole, praising the courts and the location of the tournament.

“It’s been great. You walk home at the end of the day. It’s nice. It’s mellow. There’s always available practice courts. It’s been pleasant so far.”

Elsewhere it a good day for the Brits saw both Heather Watson and Laura Robson advanced to the second round of the tournament.

Robson responded well after dropping the first set of her match, to complete a three set victory against the world no.49 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

“It’s a big win,” said the 18 year old. “But, I know that I’m capable of wins like that, and I feel like I can play even better.”

Watson came through in straight sets against qualifier Greta Arn of Hungary and admitted to feeling the nerves of playing in front of a home crowd.

“I was quite nervous because I saw it as a good opportunity to get through the first round. I was pretty much nervous throughout the whole match.

“But, for me it’s good to be a little bit nervous, I’m more focused and very motivated to win. It’s partly to do with being at home and wanting to do well for my country.”

The Brits will do well to progress further in the tournament as both have been handed tough second round ties.

Robson will play the 2010 Eastbourne Champion, Ekaterina Makarova, who defeated Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets to progress. While Watson will face the number seven seed, Lucie Safarova.

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David Kifford

David Kifford

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Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University and producer/co-host of SQfm, the regular podcast from the team at SQ Magazine.


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