Johanna Konta through with straight sets win over Lesia Tsurenko

Kristopher Nichols
June 21, 2017

Aegon Classic top-seeds Johanna Konta (No. 4) and Petra Kvitova (No. 7) both had a great showing on the grass courts of Birmingham on Tuesday and will move on to the second round of the tournament after winning their matches in two straight sets.

The contrast of Cibulkova's intense character and Safarova's calm presence on the court made for a fantastic encounter, with the relentless trade of groundstrokes producing some stunning rallies, thrilling the crowd on the Anne Jones centre court. She did not want to reveal the problem after the match but insisted: "Everything is fine".

"She's a very big player", Konta said.

"I love to be playing on grass, I have to be glad I am playing the game I love again, and yes, I am happy with the way I am playing", she said in Yahoo! I had good timing on the court today and I'm happy the way I played.

Tsurenko had the chance to serve for the second set at 5-3 but Konta broke back when it mattered most and claimed the tie-break when converting her third match point. However, Konta found her form at the right time, and eventually came through 8-6 in the second set tie-break.

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She will face either Christina McHale or fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in the next round. "And that's important that I am back in reality and just playing the matches".

The hot humid conditions look set to continue also, with temperatures set to reach 31C (about 88 F) on Wednesday in the Midlands.

The 27-year-old suffered wounds to all five fingers, with nerve damage in two of them, and is still treading carefully. I think that I served well and I played good shots from the baseline. I train very hard to be able to withstand a lot of matches.

The prospect of Johanna Konta becoming the first British woman to win Wimbledon in 40 years is certain to generate plenty of focus on the world number seven as next month's tournament draws close.

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