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Johanna Konta, speaking to the media 20th June 2016
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Belinda Bencic, speaking to Peter Moore at Eastbourne at the AEGON International 20th June
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                        30th  JUNE  2017

Saturday’s Women’s Singles final at Eastbourne will be contested by Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki. The Mens Singles Final will feature Novak Djokovic who will take on Gael Monfils.

In the Ladies Singles Semi-Final Wozniacki defeated Britain’s Heather Watson in three hard fought sets. The 2009 Eastbourne Champion battled through against Watson to win 6-2,3-6,7-5.

By contrast, Pliskova will be well rested on Saturday after Johanna Konta forfeited her semi-final due to a thoracic spine injury.

No.1 Mens seed Djokovic booked his appearance in the final with a straight sets victory against Daniil Medvedev 6-4,6-4. In the second semi-final Monfils defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-2,6-7, 7-6.


                        29th    JUNE   2017

World No.4 and No 1 seed at this year’s Ageon Internation Novak Djokovic reached the semi-final after completing a straight sets victory against Donald Young 6-2,7-6(11-9) on Centre Court.

Djokovic, playing his first grass tournament prior to Wimbledon since 2010, brook Young twice in the opening set to take the first set 6-2. American Young, called for the physio at the end of the opening set, and required a medical time out. Young, looked a better player in the second set, and broke Djokovic in the ninth game of the set, only for the former No.1 to break straight back. The set went to a tie break with both players matching each other shot for shot. Young double faulted at 9-9 which left Djokovic to serve out to win the match which he duly did.

Next up on Centre Court was Britain’s Johanna Konta. The local girl from Eastbourne booked her place in the quarter-finals after completing a 7-5,3-6, 6-4 victory against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. The current French Open Champion Ostapenko pushed Konta all the way in a pulsating battle.

The British Number 1 took the first set 7-5, only for Ostapenko to level the match after taking the second set 6-3. In the deciding set Konta broke the Latvian in the third game, but Ostapenko broke straight back. The Latvian broke Konta again to take a 4-2 lead, but Konta showed good resilience to immediately break straight back. Ostapenko held her serve, only for Konta to break the Latvian to get within one game of winning the match. Despite Konta having to hold her serve for victory, she held her nerve and closed out the match for a fine victory, against a dangerous opponent. Late in the day Johanna Konta progressed to the semi-finals after despatching the No.1 seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-4,6-4. With Konta having four match points and leading 5-4 deuce and advantage, she had a nasty fall on the court. After a delay of around ten minutes, she managed to get to her feet to carry on and finish the match.

It was a good day for the British ladies with Heather Watson booking her place in the semi-finals after playing two matches in the day. Earlier in the day Watson beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to seal a quarter-final match with Barbora Strycova of Germany. Watson raced through the first set, taking it 6-1. The German responded in emphatic style by taking the set 6-1 to level the contest, but Watson held her nerve to win the deciding set 6-4. In Friday’s Ladies semi-finals, Heather Watson will take on Caroline Wozniacki, followed by Johanna Konta who will be up against Karolina Pliskova.


                                28th  JUNE   2017

After the severe lack of tennis due to heavy rain, the Devonshire Park faithful were treated to some fine tennis before the weather closed in once again, with play getting called off at 5pm.

Novak Djokovic resumed on Centre Court after his six-minute start on Tuesday. Dzokovic, eventually getting the better of opponent Vasek Pospisil 6-4,6-3.

Local girl Jo Konta was in action, and progressed to the next round after a comfortable straight sets victory against Sorana Cirstea 6-2,6-2. No 1 seed Angelique Kerber fell behind to Kristyna Pliskova, before completing a 4-6,6-1,7-5 victory. Rumanian Simona Halep faced the tall, strong serving qualifier Ying-Ying Duan. The unseeded Duan took the opening set 6-3. Halep hit back by levelling the match after winning the second set 6-3 before taking the final set 6-2 to clinch the match.

Elsewhere across the courts, there were victories for Dusan Lajovic who defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in three sets and for American Donald Young who followed up his first-round defeat of Kyle Edmund with a victory against fellow American Jared Donaldson 6-4,7-5. On the outside courts there was a shock in the Womens Singles when Barbora Strycova beat the highly fancied No. 11 seed Garbine Muguruza 6-1,6-0. No.6 seed Caroline Wozniacki also booked her passage into the next round after a straight sets victory over Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-2,7-6.



                       26th  JUNE   2017

Bright sunshine and little wind along with a full house saw Devonshire Park at its absolute best on Monday. First up on Centre Court Britain’s Kyle Edmund was in action against American Donald Young. The American took the opening set 6-4. Edmund claimed the second on a single break of serve, before Young took the deciding set 6-3.

On Court One Britain’s Naomi Brady faced Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Pliskova took the first set 6-2. Brady won a second set tie break 7-6 to level the match, but Pliskova easily won the final set 6-1 to progress to the next round.

The match of the day belonged to British Number 2 Heather Watson who knocked out the defending Champion Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets 7-5,6-4. Eugenie Bouchard of Canada bowed out of the tournament after losing to Barbora Strycova in three sets.

At the end of the day, Cameron Norrie gave the home fans more to cheer about after defeating Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-4,7-6. Elsewhere there were wins for Robin Haase over Nicolas Mahut in straight sets. Kevin Anderson beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-3,6-1 and Bernard Tomic made it through to the next round after beating Norbert Gombos in straight sets.



                    22nd  JUNE   2017

World No.2 Simona Halep from Rumania will make her Devonshire Park debut, after accepting a wildcard inton the Ageon International at Eastbourne.

The Women’s draw now boasts eight of the world’s top 10 players, including No.1 Angelique Kerber, defending champion Dominica Cibulkova and World No.7 Johanna Konta.


                     21st  JUNE  2017

There-time Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic has accepted a main draw wild card entry for this seasons Aegon International at Eastbourne.

World Number 4 Djokovic enters the event as the tournament’s top seed ahead of Number 2 seed Gael Monfils, with American John Isner seeded at 3 and fellow American Steve Johnson 4. It is the first time that the former world Number 1 has played a grass court event between the French Open and Wimbledon since 2010.



                    Aegon International at Eastbourne  17th June 2017


There will be seven of the world’s top 10 female players contesting the Aegon International at Eastbourne, after World Number 1 Angelique Kerber accepted a wildcard into the main draw.

A runner up twice at Devonshire Park in 2012 and 2014, Kerber’s grass court record includes reaching the final at Wimbledon last year, and claiming the Ageon Classic title in 2015.

World Number 15 Gael Monfils is a late entry into the Ageon International after accepting a wildcard. It will be the Frenchman’s first visit to Devonshire Park.

The ATP 250 event runs parallel with the WTA tournament and has also attracted an exceptionally high field which includes two time Eastbourne Champion Feliciano Lopez, John Isner along with British stars; Kyle Edmond, Aljaz Bedene and Dan Evans.


                               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.




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