British No.2 Heather Watson stormed through to the second round of the Aegon Classic Birmingham on Monday with a 64 75 win over Italy’s Camilla Giorgi.
“I really love it here in Birmingham,” Watson told the crowd after her win. “I haven’t had the results here before that I wanted but I’m really motivated to do well here. I have family close by in Coventry so it feels a little bit like a home from home for me.
The grass courts here are superb. The last couple of years they’ve been absolutely world class.”
Seventh seed Madison Keys, who reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, earned her first win on grass of the 2016 season with a 76(3) 64 victory over Timea Babos. “I think for the most part, I played pretty well. I think I started off really well, and then there’s definitely some bad moments in there. First match on grass is always really tough. She’s a really good player on grass, especially serving-wise. So it’s always tough to get a read returning.”
Tuesday sees a host of big names in action across all courts at the Edgbaston Priory Club. The action opens with a barnstorming match-up on the Ann Jones Centre Court between two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former Roland Garros finalist Lucie Safarova. Defending champion Angelique Kerber then faces accomplished grass court player Peng Shuai before World No.3 and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska takes on in-form American Coco Vandeweghe.
British No.1 Johanna Konta and British No.3 Naomi Broady will be aiming to join Watson in Round Two. Konta must get past Misaki Doi and Broady will resume her rain-delayed match against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova. Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki is also in action and takes on Yanina Wickmayer.
ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs  P. Kvitova (CZE)
S. Peng (CHN) vs  A. Kerber (GER)
 [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
M. Doi (JPN) vs  J. Konta (GBR)
C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
COURT 1 start 11:00 am
B. Strycova (CZE) vs  Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 00
 C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs E. Svitolina (UKR) 00
 B. Bencic (SUI) vs I. Begu (ROU)
COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] T. Pironkova (BUL) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
A. Petkovic (GER) vs [LL] M. Linette (POL)
[Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [Q] K. Siniakova (CZE)
V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs A. Krunic (SRB) / A. Rosolska (POL)
COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
[Q] T. Paszek (AUT) vs [WC] T. Moore (GBR)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)