British No.1 and No.14 seed Johanna Konta takes on Dayana Yastremska in an exciting first-round clash on the docket on the first day of the Nature Valley International.
Alex Macpherson
June 22, 2019

MATCH POINTS

The top two British players in action today are both two-time Eastbourne semifinalists: Johanna Konta made the last four in 2016 and 2017, while Heather Watson reached that stage in 2014 and 2017. The only home player ever to have reached the final here is Virginia Wade, champion in 1975 and runner-up to Chris Evert in 1974 and 1976.

Alizé Cornet has won both of her previous matches against Heather Watson by identical scorelines. The Frenchwoman was victorious 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of Washington in 2013 and the first round of the 2017 US Open. Watson is 0-5 in WTA main draws this season so far, and is seeking her first win at this level since making the Québec City semifinals last September.

2016 Wimbledon girls' finalist Dayana Yastremska is bidding for her first WTA main draw win on grass in her first encounter with Johanna Konta today.

Margarita Gasparyan and Katerina Siniakova square off outdoors for the first time today. Previously, the pair had split two indoor hard court encounters in 2014, with Gasparyan winning 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the ITF W25 event in Clermont-Ferrand and Siniakova gaining revenge 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in Moscow qualifying.

No.16 seed Anett Kontaveit's only prior meeting with wildcard Harriet Dart was at junior level, in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open girls' event. The Estonian won 6-2, 7-5 en route to the semifinals, where she fell to Katerina Siniakova.



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CENTRE COURT start 11:00 a.m.

[16] Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) vs [WC] Harriet DART (GBR) 
Alizé CORNET (FRA) vs [WC] Heather WATSON (GBR) 
[Q] Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR) vs [14] Johanna KONTA (GBR) 
Daria KASATKINA (RUS) vs Andrea PETKOVIC (GER) 
Not Before 4:00 p.m.
[1] Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) / XU Yi-fan (CHN) vs Simona HALEP (ROU) / Raluca OLARU (ROU)

 

COURT 1 start 11:00 a.m.
[WC] Katie SWAN (GBR) vs ZHANG Shuai (CHN) 
Margarita GASPARYAN (RUS) vs Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) 
Maria SAKKARI (GRE) vs [Q] Jessica PEGULA (USA) 
Monica PUIG (PUR) vs Elise MERTENS (BEL)

 

COURT 2 start 11:00 a.m.
After 2 ATP matches - Not Before 2:00 p.m.
Aliaksandra SASNOVICH (BLR) vs Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 
[12] WANG Qiang (CHN) vs [LL] Magda LINETTE (POL)

 

COURT 3 start 11:00 a.m.
After 2 ATP matches - Not Before 2:00 p.m.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (AUS) vs Ekaterina ALEXANDROVA (RUS) 
[Q] Fiona FERRO (FRA) vs Anna-Lena FRIEDSAM (GER)