British No.1 Johanna Konta will begin her grass court season at the Nature Valley Open on Tuesday alongside Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty and eight other Brits across the WTA International and ATP Challenger events at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Konta, who was runner-up in Nottingham last year, will face Kurumi Nara of Japan last on Centre Court after Barty takes on Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele, with men’s top seed Cam Norrie and wild card James Ward also taking to the main stage on home soil.
Elsewhere, British No. 2 Heather Watson could set up a potential second-round clash with Konta should the 26-year-old beat qualifier Danielle Lao, and teenager Katie Swan faces Mona Barthel for the right to play second seed Magdalena Rybarikova. Defending champion Donna Vekic stands in the way of Gabriella Taylor, while the home crowds can also cheer on the likes of Katie Boulter, Dan Evans and Jay Clarke in a packed schedule.
Monday’s play saw Rybarikova dispatch qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-0 3-6 6-1, with World No. 18 Naomi Osaka coming from a set down to defeat American Sachia Vickery 3-6 6-1 6-2. This year’s Indian Wells champion Osaka said: “I’m not sure last year I would be able to win this match being a set down, I’m really happy about that.
“Going forward into the later rounds, I always do better when I have a really hard first round. I think it’s a good sign.”
But there was disappointment in the doubles event for Konta and partner Yanina Wickmayer, who lost to Zarina Diyas and Saisai Zheng 4-6 6-3 10-6, as well as the British pairing of Katie Boulter and Katie Swan falling to third seeds Alicja Rosolska and Abigail Spears 3-6 6-2 10-6.
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