Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart secure first-round wins at Eastbourne

Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart secure first-round wins at Eastbourne

Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart continued their fine form on the grass with impressive first-round wins at the Rothesay International Eastbourne on Monday.

Ilkley Trophy runner-up Burrage struggled to beat top 100 Petra Martic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to set up an appointment with Paula Badosa.

British number two Dart was also involved in a three set and ended up getting the better of Madison Brengle 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Burrage had faced match point before turning the tables on Court Two against his Croatian opponent in sunny Devonshire Park.

Dart went later and after recovering in the first three games against Brengle, lost the next six to lose by a set.

That didn’t stop the world number 103, who found her form in the second and won a decisive decision after several breaks to set up a round of 16 meeting with 10th seed Jil Teichmann.

Heather Watson was unable to join her countrymen in the second round of the WTA 500 event after suffering a loss to Rebecca Marino in the Battle of the Lucky Losers.

Both went down the final hurdle in qualifying but received a late call to the main draw and Watson was unable to capitalize on it after she went down 7-6 and 6-4 in her final match before playing in SW19.

Former Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-1 7-6 (7) win over Magdalena Frech on center court. Earlier in the day Alison Riske, the 17th seed, had lost 6-7 6-3 7-6 (4) to Magda Linette.

In the ATP 250 men’s tournament, Jack Draper secured an excellent win over Jenson Brooksby, meaning he will face world number 15 Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Draper, who suffered second-round losses at Surbiton and Queen’s, was in imperious form from the start and broke the American in the opening game.

A second followed and the opening was sealed with an ace within half an hour to warm applause from the local crowd.

British number four Draper was able to break Brooksby early in the second as well and quickly sealed another victory over a top 50 opponent in an hour and four minutes.

Dan Evans, the British number two, will start his campaign in Eastbourne on Tuesday, when he will face Adrian Mannarino.

The recent winner in Nottingham only made a late decision to play in the ATP 250 tournament after his early departure at Queen’s last week.

“It’s been nice not having matches and just training, so it’s been nice,” Evans said.

“I decided to play yesterday and come this morning. It’s cool. Happy to be here.”

Seeding Cameron Norrie, who received a bye in the second round, will play on Wednesday and could face Evans in the round of 16.

He added: “I think it’s a win-win situation. You do well here, you have some confidence. If not, I’m going back to London and getting ready and playing on the playing fields and playing on the Wimbledon courts.”

Jay Clarke missed his chance to face Norrie after losing 6-1, 6-3 to Brandon Nakashima.

Several seeds left Eastbourne on Monday, with Maxime Cressy defeating fellow American Reilly Opelka, fifth seed, in the second round, while seventh seed Frances Tiafoe fell to Alexander Bublik.

Sebastian Korda also lost in straight sets to John Millman and announced after the match that he would lose Wimbledon after struggling with “terrible shin splints”.

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