Top seed Svitolina starts with win over Watson

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 20, 2017

That is because the late withdrawal on Sunday of Angelique Kerber, the World No 1 - which caused Svitolina's elevation to the highest remaining seed - is only the last in a long list of injury-triggered big-name losses for the tournament. As for other results, the No. 8 seed Barbora Strycova defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-3.

The 25-year-old had every reason to be optimistic before her clash against the world No 5, with the Ukrainian only having won four matches on grass.

The second seed was last on court at the French Open, where she fell to a heartbreaking loss to Simona Halep in the quarterfinals, though she showed no signs of that tough loss in the opening set.

"I have confidence with me, but still I was very happy that I could play my game in the tough moments, in the third set, even though I lost second set in very tough moments", Svitolina said.

Svitolina had to withstand a challenge from British wild card Heather Watson before pulling out a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory in two hours, nine minutes.

Naomi Osaka was made to work for a three-set victory over America's Lauren Davis, whilst Camila Giorgi swept past Jana Fett 6-3, 6-4. The British hit 21 winners and 18 unforced errors, she was down 0-3 in the first set.

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.

After saving break points at 1-2 and 2-3, Watson found more aggression on her shots and broke the Svitolina serve to lead 6-5.

"But this has been a good year for me and that means on grass I will be much better (than before)".

Though numerous home crowd would have been disappointed following Heather Watson's defeat, it wasn't too long until they had something to cheer about, with Naomi Broady getting one of the best wins of her career over Alize Cornet.

There is a packed day of action tomorrow, with the likes of Petra Kvitova, Dominika Cibulkova, and Garbine Muguruza amongst those in action.

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