Upsets Abound In Eastbourne

Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka and Sara Errani were all beaten at the Aegon International on Tuesday, while Petra Kvitova barely survived.

Published June 17, 2014 12:14


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EASTBOURNE, England - Only two of the five seeds in first round action Tuesday at the Aegon International survived the day, with No.2 seed Petra Kvitova just managing to avoid the upset bug.

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Kvitova was a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(4) winner over Lucie Safarova despite letting a 5-3 second set lead slip away. She improved to 5-0 against her fellow Czech, four of those wins coming this year.

"We played each other a million times already this year, and I started pretty nicely," Kvitova said. "I had a break in the second set, as well, and everything was so easy. Then my serve let me down and she just returned well.

"I got a little bit down mentally after losing the second set. I was thinking that I had a match point already and I should be in the locker room. Lucie played well in the third set, so I'm just glad that I won. It was my first match on grass this year, so it's a good win."

Also moving on was sixth-seeded Flavia Pennetta over Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-3, 6-3.

Not as fortunate were third-seeded Jelena Jankovic, fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka and seventh-seeded Sara Errani.

Madison Keys beat Jankovic, 6-3, 6-3, for her second Top 10 win.

"It was just really solid," Keys said. "I wasn't playing out of my mind or anything like that. But I think after the first couple of games I served really well and I was returning pretty well. I felt like I was taking time away from her really well.

Camila Giorgi outlasted World No.8 Azarenka, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, to improve to 5-3 against Top 10 opponents. It was Azarenka's first match since March because of a foot injury.

"I didn't expect an easy walk-through," Azarenka said. "That would be silly. But I'm pretty pleased with what happened. It's a starting point. I think there are a lot of positive things that I can take from what happened today."

Davis fought off four set points in the first set of her 7-6(5), 6-2 defeat of World No.14 Errani for the second-best win of her career.

Other winners included Daniela Hantuchova and British No.1 Heather Watson.

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