It was a slow burner for the start of day two of the AEGON International as rain held up play, but once underway British player Luke Bambridge led the home charge in the men’s qualifying whilst Ying-Ying Duan who beat British hopeful Katy Dunne yesterday breezed into the women’s main draw.
Despite the lull in action the draws for the women’s and men’s tournaments were made as the players of the WTA and the ATP tour found out who they would be facing in the first round proper.
After the draws in which Nicolas Mahut and Timea Babos both helped out, it was business as usual as the majority of women’s qualifiers finished with Lara Arruabarenna coming from behind to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in what was one of the best games of the day. Also Duan who has started the tournament breezed into the first round proper as she dispatched Veronica Cepede Royg with some clinical play as she won in straight sets.
The other games were abandoned due to the weather, but play will resume tomorrow with the remaining few women players looking to make the first round.Embed from Getty Images
But, day two also saw the eagerly anticipated arrival of world no.4 and 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic. Although it wasn’t in competitive action, the Serbian was at Devonshire Park to test out the surface in what he hopes is going to be a productive week of tennis after what has been a tricky year so far. And his arrival certainly didn’t come without fanfare, the crowds wanted to get as close as they could to the former Wimbledon winner and see a player who without doubt is a genuine superstar of the game.
But aside from Djokovic’s presence, the men began their AEGON International, as qualifying got underway. British player Bambridge secured a solid victory over Marek Jaloviec, but fellow Brit James Ward couldn’t repeat the trick as he lost to Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Elsewhere in the men’s games Nobert Gambos beat Australian Luke Saville.
Bambridge comfortably beat Jaloviec
Bambridge kicked off his AEGON International in impressive fashion with a straight sets victory over Czech player Jaloviec.
It was a strong performance from the British player who is ranked outside the top 100. But, it was Jaloviec who began well and it looked as though the Czech player was in the mood to put Bambridge to the sword.
But Bambridge responded midway through first set with some lovely shots which turned the match in his favour and from then on the British player controlled proceedings and closed out the first set, winning 6-4.
Jaloviec began the second set well looking to avenge the first set loss. But the Czech player couldn’t deal with Bambridge’s strong serve and variety of shots, and when the British player broke Jaloviec midway through the second set the 22-year-old went on to win the second set and with that the match in comfortable fashion.
Women’s main draw announced as all top 16 seeds receive byes
The women’s draw took place as rain halted proceedings in the morning. And the likes of Johanna Konta, Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova and more learned who they would be facing in the main draw.
Hungary’s Timea Babos was in attendance to help conduct the draw and speaking about the upcoming tournament, the 35th ranked Babos said: “Every time I come here [Eastbourne] I love it and I’m happy to be back. I’ve got very good memories so I’m glad to be back again this year.”
The women’s draw in full:
- Naomi Broady (GB) v Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
- Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) v Qualifier
- Carla Suarez Navarro (SPA) v Ekaterina Makarova (Rus)
- Qualifier v Katerina Siniakova (Cze)
- Alison Riske (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
- Qualifier v Shuai Peng (CHN)
- Shuai Zhang (CHN) v Qualifier
- Ana Konjuh (CRO) v Qualifier
- Julia Goerges (GER) v Catherine Bellis (USA)
- Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Barbora Strycova (CZE)
- Timea Babos (HUN) v Elise Mertens (BEL)
- Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Heather Watson (GB)
- Naomi Osaka (JPN) v Qualifier
- Qualifier v Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
- Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) v Monica Niculescu (ROU)
- Christina McHale (USA) v Qualifier
Djokovic receives bye in first round as men’s draw was announced
The men’s draw took place as the top four seeds Djokovic, Steve Johnson, John Isner and Gael Monfils are received byes for the first round.
The men’s draw in full:
- Donald Young (USA) v Kyle Edmund (GB)
- Jarred Donaldson (USA) v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
- Nicolas Mahut (FRA) v Robin Haase (NED)
- Daniil Medvedev (RUS) v Sam Querrey (USA)
- Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Frances Tiafoe (USA)
- Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Kevin Anderson (RSA)
- Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
- Mischa Zverev (GER) v Ryan Harrison (USA)
- Qualifier v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
- Cameron Norrie (GB) v Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Full day two results:
- Lara Arruabarrena beat Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
- Luke Bambridge beat Marek Jaloviec 6-4,6-4
- Ying-Ying Duan beat Veronica Cepede Royg 7-6, 6-2
- Nobert Gombos beat Luke Saville 6-4, 7-6
- Lauren Davis v Francesca Schiavone (play abandoned due to rain, current score: 3-6)
- Thomas Fabbiano beat Andres Molteni 6-1, 6-1
- Mona Barthel beat Kristina Kucova 6-2, 7-5
- Michal Konecny lost to Ti Chen 6-2, 6-7, 5-7
- Sorana Cirstea v Su-Wei Hsieh to be played tomorrow
- Andrey Kuznetsov beat Takanyi Garanganga 6-0, 6-3
- Varvara Lepchenko v Risa Ozaki (play abandoned due to rain, current score: 1-0)
- Franko Skugor v Jerzy Janowicz (play abandoned due to rain, current score: 7-6)
- Vasek Pospisil beat James Ward 6-1, 6-4
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