Johanna Konta playing tennis

Johanna Konta progresses in style at Aegon Open Nottingham

Johanna Konta made smooth progress into round two of the Aegon Open Nottingham as she cruised past Victoria Duval in straight-sets.

Konta was celebrating reaching a career-high ranking of 18; making her the first British woman to break into the world top 20 for 33-years.

Since appearing at the Aegon Open Nottingham last year Konta has enjoyed a remarkable rise through the world rankings, moving from World No. 147 to 18. This incredible year has seen her reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open and become the British No.1

On Monday she needed just 68 minutes to sweep aside Duval 6-3 6-0 and set up a second round tie with Saisai Zheng; who defeated British wildcard Freya Christie at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

After the victory Konta said: “It was my first match on the grass and I’m very happy to have been able to give myself an opportunity to play another one.

“I love this court. I think this is my fourth or fifth time here and I really love the centre court here, it is very nice, so it’s good to be back.”

Wozniacki to star on day two of Aegon Open Nottingham

Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki will be the headline attraction on day two of the Aegon Open Nottingham.

The 25-year-old is making her return after a two-month injury lay-off and will face Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay on Centre Court at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. The Danish star will be competing alongside an array of British stars including Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Laura Robson.

Ahead of her match Wozniacki said, “It’s a good field. I think it’s nice also for the British girls to play here in front of a home crowd, and it’s nice to see more British girls playing well.”

Azarenka withdraws from Nottingham Open with injury

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Aegon Open Nottingham with a knee injury.

Azarenka was forced to retire during the first round of the French Open and was hoping to prove her fitness in time for the start of the Nottingham showpiece.

On the announcement, the 26-year-old Belarussian said: “’I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from Nottingham. Although I came here a few days ago to prepare and start training, my knee is unfortunately not yet completely healed and ready to play at 100%.”


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
[WC] L. Robson (GBR) vs [Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR)
S. Hsieh (TPE) vs N. Broady (GBR)
M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [6] H. Watson (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] T. Moore (GBR) vs D. Vekic (CRO)
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
[LL] T. Paszek (AUT) vs K. Nara (JPN)
after suitable rest – [WC] F. Christie (GBR) / L. Robson (GBR) vs Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[Q] A. Barty (AUS) vs S. Peng (CHN)
[7] M. Barthel (GER) vs A. Riske (USA)
[4] M. Puig (PUR) vs [Q] K. Zhang (CHN)
L. Davis (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

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