Nature Valley Classic Birmingham Tuesday Report. 19th June 2018
19th JUNE 2018
It was a bad day for the British Girls in the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston, after Heather Watson and the British Number One Johanna Konta both got knocked out of the tournament.
Watson was second on Ann Jones Court, where she faced Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko. The Ukrainian girl was looking for her first win at Birmingham, in her fifth attempt.
Tsurenko broke Watson as early as the third game in the opening set. Despite falling 4-2 down, Watson fought back to take three games in a row to lead 5-4. The match went to an opening set tie break with Tsurenko racing in to a 4-0 lead. The World ranked 37 Tsurenko eventually winning the tie break 7-2.
The second set went with serve with Watson serving to stay in the match at 5-6, despite saving two match points it was Tsurenko who went on to take the second set 7-5 and the match 7-6,7-5.
The large crowd on Centre Court were hoping to see at least one British winner, with hopes resting on the British Number One Konta, who was up against the current holder Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova, who is undoubtably playing some of the best tennis of her career now, edged out Konta in straight sets 6-3,6-4.
Kvitova immediately broke Konta in the second game of the opening set. Konta responded by breaking straight back. In the sixth game the current World Number 8 broke the Brit to take a 4-2 lead. Eventually the Ukrainian served out to take the first set 6-3.
In an evenly matched second set it took until the ninth game before Kvitova broke Konta after the British girl had double faulted twice in the game. Kvitova then served out for the match to continue her pursuit of being champion once again at Edgbaston.
Earlier on Centre Court the number two seed in the Tournament Elina Svitolina reached the last sixteen after defeating Croatian’s Donna Vekic in three sets 6-1,3-6,6-1.