Johanna Konta spearheaded the home charge at the Nature Valley International, Eastbourne on Tuesday, winning her second-round match against Maria Sakkari 6-4 7-6(4)
It could have easily gone to a third set, so I definitely wasn't taking anything for granted out there. I'm just pleased to have kept a good perspective and just competed well. Jo Konta
The No.14 seed, Konta (Eastbourne) trailed Sakkari 3-5 in the second set, but recovered to clinch the win in an hour and 37 minutes, saying: “I’m very pleased to come through that – there was so little in it and in both sets.
“Our points actually felt that she was playing better than me, so I was just really pleased that I was able to stay with her and create a few opportunities and take a few of them.
“It could have easily gone to a third set, so I definitely wasn’t taking anything for granted out there. I’m just pleased to have kept a good perspective and just competed well.”
Konta will take on Ons Jabeur in the first match on Court 1 on Wednesday, after the Tunisian beat Mandy Minella in their second-round clash 2-6 6-2 6-1.
No.4 seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber beat Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-4 in the second round, saying: “It’s nice to being back here, having another good match on grass before Wimbledon. I like to play here on grass, so I try to enjoy every match and every moment right now.”
Meanwhile, No.6 seed Simona Halep recorded a comprehensive 6-2 6-0 victory over Su-Wei Hsieh, and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko battled through a shaky start to upset No.7 seed Sloane Stephens 1-6 6-0 6-3.
Caroline Wozniacki continued her title defence on Tuesday with a 6-4 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic, to set up a third-round assignment against Aryna Sabalenka on Wednesday. “I’m just happy to be through I was starting to get a little tired there in the end, so I was pleased to finish it off,” said Wozniacki. “I played (Sabalenka) here in the finals last year so it’s going to be a tough match, but I’m looking forward to it.”