Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Eastbourne and Antalya last pre Wimbledon

England and Turkey are central to the final grass court tournaments before Wimbledon.


Eastbourne hosts the Nature Valley International, the women’s event being a WTA Premier category, and the men’s an ATP 250 category.


Antalya hosts the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya, an ATP 250 category event.



The 48 strong draw is headed by world number two Caroline Wozniacki, and 

includes two other top ten players.  Additionally there are eight from the top twenty and all 16 seeded players are in the top thirty.

The seeds had first round byes.

Days One and Two saw all first round matches completed, with homegrown wildcard Harriet Dart, aged 21 and ranked 181, providing the biggest upset defeating Kristyna Pliskova 7-5 3-6 6-3.

Two second round matches have been played, with the top two seeds, Caroline Wozniacki (1) and Karolina Pliskova (2) winning their opening hit outs against Camila Giorgi and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova respectively.


The field of 28 is headed by world number 11 Diego Schwartzman.  He is joined by six other seeds (Marton Fucsovics is a late withdrawal) all in the top fifty.

Adding interest to the draw were wildcards Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. 

The top four seeds have first round byes.

In the first round, Derby teenager Jay Clarke, ranked 236, upset Ryan Harrison, to the delight of English fans, 6-4 6-1.

Further joy for Great Britain when Scot Andy Murray won the battle of Grand Slam champions over Stan Wawrinka 6-1 6-3


The draw of 28 is headed by Adrian Mannarino, world ranked 24.

The 8 seeded players are all from the top 60.

The four top seeds are given first round byes.

No major surprises so far in the first round matches played, but in a battle of veterans, 31 year old qualifier Blaz Kavcic, ranked 176, defeated 33 year old Marcos Baghdatis, ranked 84, 7-6(4) 6-3.

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