British talent Katy Dunne continued her current stellar run of form Manchester’s Aegon Trophy.
Dunne defeated compatriot Katie Swan 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in the first round of the tournament in Didsbury. The 22-year-old from Hemel Hempstead reached the quarter-final stage at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy last week. Eventually she fell to Heather Watson and this week found her feet on the grass again from the off.
The 22-year-old admitted to feeling nerves in the second set but was determined not to let it get in the way of victory:
“I got a little bit nervous in the second set and then kind of allowed her back into the match. Being able to finish with positive tennis in the third was really good for me. I am looking forward to my next round match”.
The top two seeds both scored comfortable wins in the first round. Top seed Kai-Cheng Chan from Chinese Taipei defeated American Danielle Lao 6-3, 6-3. Second seed from Belgium Maryna Zanevska defeated her Japanese doubles partner Akiko Omae 7-5, 6-2 despite a nervous start.
“I didn’t start very well because I didn’t actually have time to practice on grass, so it took some points to get used to it”.
Another Brit Harriet Dart ended on the losing side in her first-round singles encounter with Polish world 256, Magdalena Frech. The 20-year-old started well winning the first set 7-5. However, an injury time out scuppered her momentum and she subsequently lost the next two sets 36 36.
Dart’s day improved when she teamed up with Katy Dunne in the doubles to beat top seeds Naomi Broady and her American partner Maria Sanchez 2-6, 7-6(4), (10-8).
Dart commented: “We hung in there really well and managed to get the win in the end so we are both pleased how the day has finished”.
Local fans had plenty to cheer for with Altrincham’s Samantha Murray and Stockport’s Naomi Broady.
Both kicked off their main draw singles campaigns on Centre Court.