Aegon Classic: Konta and Kvitova advance to the second round in Birmingham

Who should you be looking out for at the Aegon Classic Birmingham

British number one Johanna Konta beat Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko to reach the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

Forced to dig deep, Konta produced some of her best tennis towards the end of the match, producing the break of serve when it mattered and securing the 6-3 7-6 victory in the tie-break.

Konta, who was runner-up at last week's Aegon Open Nottingham, beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 7-6 (6) to open her campaign at the Edgbaston Priory Club and set up a tantalizing second round meeting on Thursday with big hitting American Coco Vandeweghe. The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champ told reporters at the French Open earlier this month that she still can not feel two of her fingers due to nerve damage. She did not want to reveal the problem after the match but insisted: "Everything is fine".

"It feels different", she said.

Konta will be featuring in her sixth Wimbledon having never managed to get out of the second round so far.

"I love to be playing on grass, I have to be glad I am playing the game I love again, and yes, I am happy with the way I am playing", she said in Yahoo! "I'm just happy to be here playing tennis, and not having to worry about anything else".

Remarkably, each match on centre court tomorrow contains a player from the Czech Republic: Kvitova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova.

Kvitova, who next meets Britain's Naomi Broady, was content with both her performance and the condition of her hand.

She said: "I think this first match on the grass was pretty good". I think that she served very well, especially first serve. "And yeah, I enjoyed my time on the centre court".

Fourth seed Konta battled to a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) win against the world number 34. "It was so close to going to a third set".



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