Sport Svitolina survives Watson scare in Birmingham

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

Mladenovic survives scare against Sasnovich

  Mladenovic survives scare against Sasnovich Kristina Mladenovic was made to work hard for her place in the last eight of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. Mladenovic, who reached the last eight on the clay at the French Open, won her first match on grass this season against Risa Ozaki in straight sets but was forced to come from behind to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-6 6-2 6-2 in the second round.Fifth seed Ana Konjuh also had to fight back after losing the first set against Richel Hogenkamp, winning 4-6 6-3 6-4, while there were also victories for Evgeniya Rodina and Arantxa Rus.

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.

Mladenovic survives scare against Sasnovich

  Mladenovic survives scare against Sasnovich Kristina Mladenovic was made to work hard for her place in the last eight of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. Mladenovic, who reached the last eight on the clay at the French Open, won her first match on grass this season against Risa Ozaki in straight sets but was forced to come from behind to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-6 6-2 6-2 in the second round.Fifth seed Ana Konjuh also had to fight back after losing the first set against Richel Hogenkamp, winning 4-6 6-3 6-4, while there were also victories for Evgeniya Rodina and Arantxa Rus.

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.

Watson wins in Eastbourne .
Britain's Heather Watson overcame defending champion Dominika Cibulkova at Eastbourne on Monday.Britain's Heather Watson overcame a top-10 opponent for only the second time in her career by beating defending champion Dominika Cibulkova at Eastbourne.

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