Peter Moore at Eastbourne
The AEGON International Tennis event at Eastbourne features 18 of the worlds top 30 players, including Eastbourne's Johanna Konta, alongside seven former Champions, including the 2015 winner Belinda Bencic, Madison Keys, Elena Vesnina, Ekaterina Makarova, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and the 2004 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova. The tournament also contains five of the worlds top ten Ladies. Radwanska(3), Roberta Vinci(7), Bencic(8), Timea Bacsinszky(10) and Petra Kvitova(11).
On Monday play eventually got under way shortly after 3 pm after very heavy rain during the morning. There was no play on the outside courts, but play was possible on both Centre and Number 1 courts. On Centre court Britian's number four ranked player Tara Moore was in action against the number eight ranked player in the World and former Champion Ekaterina Makarova. Moore, ranked 229 in the world put up a gritty performance before going down 7-5, 6-4 to the Russian. Moore broke Makarova in the eighth game of the opening set,and was two points away from winning the set, only for the Russian girl to level the set at 5-5 before breaking Moore and serving for the set. Marakova broke Moore in the fifth game of the second set before the British girl saved two match points, only for Makarova to serve out for the match, despite Moore saving a further two match points. It was a bad day for the Brirish girls, with Heather Watson loosing in straight sets to Russian Elena Vesina and Naomi Broady loosing 6-1, 6-1 to Monica Puig.
Tuesday saw Great Britian's Johanna Konta progress into the next round of the Tournament after a straight sets victory against Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 7-6, 6-1. She will now face the Number Five seed Petra Kvitova, who was a 6-4, 7-6 winner against Timea Babos of Hungary. Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska eased into the third round after Croation Lucic Baroni retired unwell trailing 6-4,2-1. Canadian Eugenie Bouchard booked her passage into the third round with a 6-3,6-1 win against Irina- Camelia Begu. Bouchard, will now face Radwanska in the next round. Caroline Wozniacki defeated Sam Stosur 6-2,6-1 to move into the next round where she will face qualifier Monica Puig. Elsewhere on Tuesday, 2013 Champion Elena Vesnina knocked out defending champion Belinda Bencic. Number Two seed Roberta Vinci was also knocked out of the tournament after suffeing a three set loss to 2010 champion Ekaterina Makarova.
After early morning rain on the South coast, play eventually got under way on Wednesday afternoon with the opening match on Centre Court a pulsating match between unsedded qualifier Monica Puig and Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish girl took the first set 6-4, only for Puig to level at 6-3 in the second. The qualifier then took the match in the deciding set by 6-4 to book her place in the Quarter-finals. Second match on Centre saw the Number One seed in action, Agnieszka Radwanska who was up against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska broke Bouchard in the third and eighth game of the opening set to grab a 5-3 lead. The Pole then had three set points to close out the set 6-3 inside 32 minutes. Radwanska quickly broke Bouchard in the second set to lead 3-1, only for the Canadian to immediately break back. In the eighth game of the set Radwanska broke again and served out to win the match 6-3, 6-3 to book a quarter-final match against Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova who defeated Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6,6-3. Britian's Johanna Konta produced a sensational comeback to defeat the Number five seed Petra Kvitova. Konta, had to come back from a set down to defeat the Czech girl. Kvitova won five games in a row to take the first set 7-5. Konta broke Kvitova in the fifth game of the second set. Games went with serve, with Konta having two set points she served out to take the second set 6-4. The Eastbourne girl produced some outstanding tennis to take the final set 6-0, and book a well deserved place in the Quarter-Finals.
On another day disrupted by weather, on Thursday unseeded Monica Puig became the first women through to the semi-finals, after defeating Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-6,4-6,6-3. Russian Ekaterina Makarova booked her place in the quarter-finals after beating German Andrea Petkovic 3-6,6-4,6-0. Karolina Pliskova sealed a place in the quarter-finals by beating Misaki Doi 6-2,6-4. Pliskova will now face 2013 Champion Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals.
The Final of the Ageon International will be contested between No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova and No.10 seed Karolina Pliskova. Cibulkova advanced to the final after a quarter-final victory against the Number One seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 4-6,7-6,6-3. In the semi-final Cibulkova endeed Monica Puig's fine run, after completing a straight sets win, 6-1,6-3. Britian's Johanna Konta's quest to win the trophy ended at the semi-final stage after suffering a 7-6,3-6,3-6 loss to Pliskova.