The American beat the eighth seed in straight sets to reach the third round of Aegon International at Eastbourne.
WTA Staff

EASTBOURNE, Great Britain - Lauren Davis made short work of reaching the third round at Eastbourne on Thursday morning, beating eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6, 6-1.

Returning after bad weather forced a halt to proceedings after nine games on Wednesday, with Davis leading 5-4, it was Radwanska who emerged the stronger.

The Pole broke Davis to level at 5-5, taking her third break point with a fine forehand. That break was the sixth in the 10 games of the match and, after both players held to force a tiebreak, further minibreaks dictated the decider. This time it was the American who prevailed, surging to a comprehensive 7-1 success to clinch the first set.

Radwanska, champion here in 2008 and finalist two years ago but yet to win a tournament in 2017, needed a strong comeback to remain in contention but had no answer to Davis, who took the first of three break points to take a 2-0 lead.

The 23-year-old, who won her first WTA career singles title in Auckland earlier this year, was dominant thereafter, wrapping up a fourth successive game to take a 3-0 lead.

Radwanska finally registered in the second set, holding to bring it back to 3-1, but Davis did not lose focus, a double fault costing Radwanska her next service game before going down 6-1 in the second set.

Davis, the World No.29, had lost in qualifying, to the Italian Francesca Schiavone, but earned a reprieve as a lucky loser and is now one match away from matching her quarterfinal of 2014.

She returned to court later on Thursday for her third-round match, where she was beaten 7-5, 6-2 by the Czech, Barbora Strycova.