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Day 1-2: Aegon International at Eastbourne

Giorgi Ousts Azarenka, Keys Top Jankovic; American Young Beats Ward in Opener

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka. Photo M.Stockman Getty Images

lta.org.uk June 17 2014 Eastbourne, England - Following on from Monday's upset, which saw no. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanksa knocked out, Tuesday continued to deliver surprises, the fourth seed and world no. 8 Victoria Azarenka falling to Camila Giorgi 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

 

Despite the result, it was a positive return to action for Azarenka, having not played since Indian Wells earlier this year. Over on court one, third seed Jelena Jankovic lost to American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3, with Keys playing 2013 champion Elena Vesnina in the next round.  

American Donald Young. Photo lta.org.uk

British no. 3 James Ward fell to an improving Donald Young in their first round matchup as he lost out to the American 6-3, 6-2, Young's consistent first serve proving too much for Ward.

 

Wednesday's Order of Play Wednesday sees number one seed Richard Gasquet in action against Australian Bernard Tomic, Sloane Stephens take on Dane Caroline Wozniacki, and todays winner Heather Watson take on Italian Flavia Pennetta. Defending champion Feliciano Lopez returns to center court to defend his title against German qualifier Tobias Kamke. 

Eastbourne Men's Singles First Round Tuesday June 17

Donald Young beat James Ward 6-3 6-2                      

Jarkko Nieminen beat 7-Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3

Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3 6-4     

Julien Benneteau  beat Lu Yen-Hsun 6-2 6-4

 

Eastbourne Women's Singles First Round Tuesday June 17

Heather Watson beat Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6 7-5 6-2             

2-Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova 6-1 5-7 7-6(4) 

Madison Keys beat 3-Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-3         

Ekaterina Makarova beat Francesca Schiavone 7-5 6-3

Lauren Davis beat 7-Sara Errani 7-6(5) 6-2           

Camila Giorgi beat 4-Victoria Azarenka 4-6 6-3 7-5

6-Flavia Pennetta beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3 6-3        

Varvara Lepchenko beat Zhang Shuai 5-7 6-4 6-1       

Daniela Hantuchova beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-1    

Johanna Konta beat Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-2

Radwanska Exits Early, Vesnina Advance; Chardy Ousts Karlovic

Radwanska crashes out early for the 3rd straight year. Photo lta.org.uk

lta.org.uk June 16 2014 Eastbourne, England - In the first match on center court, unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy beat two time former champion Ivo Karlovic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

 

The big-serving Croatian's first serve saw him fire down fourteen aces, but when that failed he was only able to win 21% of his second serve points. Chardy will be looking to improve on his first appearance at the International in 2012, where he lost in the second round to Andy Roddick.

 

World no. 4 and no. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanksa lost a close match against the unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4). The Russian Pavlyuchenkova impressed with her strong baseline game, just edging the deciding set for the first notable upset of the tournament.  

 

Day one also saw Elena Vesnina, the 2013 champion, see off Shuai Peng 6-3, 6-4 to start her 2014 campaign. Fifth seed Angelique Kerber is also through after beating American Alison Riske in the first match on court one 7-6(6), 6-4.  

Eastbourne Men's Singles First Round Monday June 16

Sam Querrey beat Kyle Edmund 7-6(5) 6-3                        

Denis Istomin beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 6-3

Bernard Tomic beat Andrey Golubev 6-4 6-4              

Carlos Berlocq beat Blaz Rola 6-2 3-1 (Rola retired)     

6-Gilles Simon beat Chris Guccione 7-6(2) 6-4              

Martin Klizan beat 8-Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-4           

Tobias Kamke beat Daniel Evans 6-2 6-3                      

Jeremy Chardy beat 5-Ivo Karlovic6-4 6-4

 

Eastbourne Women's Singles First Round Monday June 16

Alize Cornet beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 6-2                       

Sloane Stephens beat Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-4                        

8-Caroline Wozniacki beat Samantha Stosur 7-5 6-4             

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat 1-Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 3-6 7-6(4)

Elena Vesnina beat Peng Shuai 6-3 6-4                              

5-Angelique Kerber beat Alison Riske 7-6(6) 6-4

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