The sun shone, the Pimm’s flowed and the crowds enjoyed a full day’s play on a thoroughly enjoyable day one of the Aegon Classic.
On the opening match on the Ann Jones Centre Court, last year’s finalist Donna Vekic was knocked out by Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-4. Bencic will face the title holder, Daniela Hantuchova, in round two.
Francesca Schiavone, former French Open Champion, was also in action on centre court. A quarter-finalist here in 2013, she started her Aegon Classic campaign in strong form defeating Jie Zheng of China 6-3, 6-4 in just over one and a half hours.
On the first match of the day on Court 2, Belguim’s Yanina Wickmayer came through against tenth seed Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-4. Whilst Alison Riske, a crowd favourite, came through against qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Unfortunately Briton Katy Dunne, who came through qualifying to earn herself a place in the main draw of a WTA tournament for the first time, was forced to retire with an injury against Camila Giorgi, who took the match 4-6, 6-1, 2-1.
Off court, the Club held a business networking lunch in the Members’ Gallery overlooking courts 1-4. Guests were treated to Pimm’s and canapés on arrival, a two course lunch and were served up a specially designed classic cocktail from the newly opened boutique hotel and cocktail lounge – The Edgbaston.
Racquets Manager, Leyla Ogan, provided guests with a lowdown on the tournament and who to look out for in the week ahead and Aegon Classic host, Dan Lobb, interviewed No. 4 seed, Kirsten Flipkens about her love of grass court tennis and her hopes for the season.
Play starts tomorrow at 11am with many of the tops seeds in action as well as Brits Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta.
Click here for the order of play for Tuesday 10th June