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Tennis - 07. June 2011.

Day two underway at the Aegon Classic.

AEGON CLASSIC
Birmingham, England
June 6-12, 2011
$220,000/International
Grass/Outdoors


Monday, June 6, 2011

Singles - First Round

(Q) Sara Gronert (GER) d. (10) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 57 64
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (12) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 76(3)
(13) Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. (WC) Melanie South (GBR) 64 61
(14) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (WC) Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 64 63
Heather Watson (GBR) d. (15) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 63 75
(16) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(2) 61
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 63 63
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) d. (Q) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 63 76(7)
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. (Q) Shuko Aoyama (JPN) 62 61
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Romina Oprandi (ITA) 62 26 64
Alison Riske (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 46 62 63
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) 61 62
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (WC) Samantha Murray (GBR) 75 61
Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 64
(Q) Rika Fujiwara (JPN) d. (Q) Conny Perrin (SUI) 62 75
(Q) Arina Rodionova (RUS) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 64 64


Heather Watson is into round two of the women's singles at the AEGON Classic after a 6-3, 7-5 round one win.

The new British No.2 is now ranked 93 in the world after the latest WTA rankings were published and upset the 15th seed and world No.65 Chanelle Scheepers on Centre Court on Monday.

"Really good," said Watson when asked how she found her match. "After a slow start I picked up my game and she started to make more errors, the ball wasn't bouncing too high so I had to stay low which I was able to do well."

"I'd never seen her before but I'd been told she was a fighter and wouldn't give up but I got through it."

The 19-year-old Briton found herself 1-3 down shortly after the match started but began to cut out her unforced errors, forcing more mistakes from her opponent, and went on to win seven games in a row to hold a 6-3, 2-0 lead.

The South African world No.65 broke back when Watson served for the match at 5-4 only for the Briton to break again and seal victory in the 12th game of the second set.

Watson will now play either Misaki Doi (JPN) or Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) in the second round.

The first match on Court 1 saw British wild card Samantha Murray, from Altrincham, lose out 7-5, 6-1 to Anna Tatishvili of Georgia in her first ever match at WTA International level.

"It was a good opportunity," said Murray reflecting on the match, "It's good to learn how to compete at this level. Everything's a lot tighter and in the end I think it just came down to the fact she's more experienced than I am.

"I like the grass, it suits my game as I can be aggressive. Now I'm going to try and get a Wimbledon wild card in the play-offs."

Other winners in the first few matches on day one were Mirjana Lucic, who defeated American qualifier Alexandra Stevenson 6-3, 7-6(7), and Olga Govortsova, who came through a three set match against Romina Oprandi, winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

There were also straight sets wins for two Russians over two French players as Alla Kudryavtseva, the No.16 seed, beat Alize Cornet 7-6(2), 6-1 and Arina Rodionova beat Virginie Razzano 6-4, 6-4.
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