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WOZNIACKI TAKES PLACE IN THIRD ROUND

2015-6-24


EASTBOURNE, England - Former champion and No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a slow start to reach the third round of the Aegon International Eastbourne with a straight set win over qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova on Tuesday.

In her first grass court match since last year's Wimbledon, Wozniacki unsurprisingly took her time to get going against a player whose tournament began on Saturday morning, slipping behind an early break. However, the Dane refused to buckle under the pressure of Gajdosova's relentless baseline assault, fighting back to triumph, 7-6(4), 6-2.

"It felt great to be out here, I love this tournament, this amazing crowd and I know Jarmila is a really tough opponent," Wozniacki said. "She plays really powerful tennis, so for me it was all about keeping my mental toughness and going for the right shots.

"It's great conditions - there's no wind today - and it's perfect preparation for me for Wimbledon."

After opening the contest with a barrage of winners, Gajdosova's errors began to creep up as the first set approached its climax. In the tie-break, a couple of wayward backhands - and one brilliant defensive lob from Wozniacki - proved to be the difference. It was a setback from which she never really recovered, the World No.5 breaking three more times to race across the finishing line.

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for the other seeds in action. British wildcard Johanna Konta caused the biggest upset, knocking out No.4 seed and 2010 champion Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-4, to register the first Top 10 win of her career.

"On paper it looks like my best ever win," Konta said. "I knew she wouldn't give me any easy points - she is a Top 10 player for a reason. I had to play some of my best tennis out there and I managed to do that."

Konta, who beat World No.34 Zarina Diyas in the previous round, will now face No.14 seed Garbi馿 Muguruza, a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 winner over Polona Hercog.

Also falling by the wayside was defending champion Madison Keys, after she was outclassed, 6-2, 6-2, in her all-WTA Rising Star encounter with Belinda Bencic.

There was better news for another former winner, Agnieszka Radwanska, who delivered a 58-minute grass court masterclass to dispatch Irina Falconi, 6-0, 6-2. Also advancing were WTA Rising Stars Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova, straight set winners over Carla Su醨ez Navarro and Casey Dellacqua, respectively.

 



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