Sport Svitolina survives Watson scare in Birmingham

23:30  19 june  2017
23:30  19 june  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Svitolina survives Watson scare in Birmingham

  Svitolina survives Watson scare in Birmingham Heather Watson took second seed Elina Svitolina to three sets but the Ukrainian proved too good in the Aegon Classic first round.Elina Svitolina survived a scare in the first round of the Aegon Classic on Monday, but Barbora Strycova enjoyed a comfortable opening win.

Heather Watson gave world number five Elina Svitolina a scare before falling to defeat in the opening round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham . .@ElinaSvitolina survives First round challenge at #AegonClassic!

Heather Watson gave world number five Elina Svitolina a scare before falling to defeat in the opening round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham . .@ElinaSvitolina survives First round challenge at #AegonClassic!

ElinaSvitolina - cropped: Elina Svitolina in action © Provided by Omnisport Elina Svitolina in action

Elina Svitolina survived a scare in the first round of the Aegon Classic on Monday, but Barbora Strycova enjoyed a comfortable opening win.

The highest seed in the draw following Angelique Kerber's withdrawal, Svitolina found things far from straightforward as she required three sets to see off wildcard Heather Watson 6-2 5-7 6-3.

Watson let her serve fall to love to hand the Ukrainian the opening set, responding well by forcing a decider with a well-timed break in game 11 of the second.

Svitolina upped her game, though, proving far more efficient to complete the win despite letting two match points slip through her grasp beforehand.

Svitolina doubtful for Wimbledon after Birmingham exit

  Svitolina doubtful for Wimbledon after Birmingham exit World number five Elina Svitolina is out of the Aegon Classic and may miss Wimbledon after struggling with a foot injury.Elina Svitolina's place at Wimbledon is in doubt after the world number five was troubled by a foot injury during her defeat to Camila Giorgi at the Aegon Classic on Thursday.

Heather Watson gave world number five Elina Svitolina a scare before falling to defeat in the opening round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham . .@ElinaSvitolina survives First round challenge at #AegonClassic!

Heather Watson gave world number five Elina Svitolina a scare before falling to defeat in the opening round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham . .@ElinaSvitolina survives First round challenge at #AegonClassic!

Strycova defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-3 in just one hour and 23 minutes, perhaps leaving time for dinner with a fan after refusing to rule out the option in her on-court interview.

Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka edged out Lauren Davis 6-1 2-6 7-6 (7-4) and Naomi Broady beat Alize Cornet 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 in the remainder of the action.

Svitolina could miss Wimbledon .
Elina Svitolina could miss Wimbledon with a heel injury, after suffering a second-round defeat at the Aegon Classic.World number five Elina Svitolina revealed she could miss Wimbledon with a heel injury, after slumping to a second-round defeat to qualifier Camila Giorgi at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Thursday.

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