The top seeds were in action on day two of the Aegon Classic. Spectators were treated to some long and tightly fought matches on the grass courts of Edgbaston Priory Club on another day of sunshine.
Defending champion Daniela Hantuchova began her title defence on the Ann Jones Centre Court, progressing through to the third round with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
“I love that court.” the World No.31 said after her match. “For me it’s the most exciting time of the year to be on the grass. I was really looking forward just to being out there and play a match finally.”
Top seed Ana Ivanovic defeated Mona Bartel of Germany 6-4, 6-1 to book her place in the third round.
This is the first visit to Edgbaston Priory Club for the Serbian world No.13 since the redevelopment. Interviewed on court, after the win, she was full of praise for the new facilities, especially the gym.
British No.3 Johanna Konta progressed into the Aegon Classic second round after winning 6-3, 6-1 against fourteenth seed Kurumi Nara.
However, Heather Watson lost 6-2, 5-7, 4-6 to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in a long battle clocking up to more than two hours.
Wild card Naomi Broady lost her first round match in against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in another three set match. The Czech World No.62 beat the British No.4 player 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. Broady and Watson will now focus on the doubles where they will be in action on Wednesday.
Play starts at 11am on Wednesday 11th June and you can view the order of play here. First out on centre court is the No. 3 seed, Sloane Stephens, from the USA against the Italian, Francesca Schiavone, a former French Open champion.
If you’re coming down to the Club to watch the tennis don’t forget to take advantage of the Classic Salad buffet on offer in the function room priced £9.95 per person.