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8 - 16 June 2019

Nature Valley Open

Nottingham Tennis Centre

Nature Valley Open – 8 - 16 June 2019

Nature Valley Open: Dan Evans and Naomi Osaka among second-round winners

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  • 13/06/2018

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Dan Evans continued his fine form on grass with a 7-5 7-6(2) victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky to make it through to the last eight of the Nature Valley Open.

The 28-year-old has won 14 of his last 17 matches, having come through qualifying to reach the Surbiton semifinal last week.

Evans said: “I love playing in front of home crowds. Especially after not playing for a while, it’s good to get some matches under my belt again and hopefully I can go a bit further this week. The crowd were great. It’s close to home and I know pretty much everybody here, even the groundsman.”

Wednesday’s WTA International action at the Nottingham Tennis Centre saw World No.18 Naomi Osaka ease past the Czech Republic’s Denisa Allertova 6-3 6-2, although second-seed Magdalena Rybarikova was edged 6-3 1-6 7-5 by Mona Barthel of Germany.

Having squandered two match points before losing in her previous tournament, Barthel was relieved to convert her fourth against the 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist.

“I was just trying to stay calm but I lost recently with a match point so I thought ‘not again!’,” she said. “The whole match was really close and it was really tough. She [Rybarikova] is an amazing player, especially on the grass.”

Elsewhere, there was British doubles success for Heather Watson, who reached the quarterfinals with Mihaela Buzarnescu after defeating top seeds Lyudmyla Kichenok and Alla Kudryavtseva 1-6 6-2 10-4, while Skupski brothers Neal and Ken reached the semi-finals of the men’s event.

Thursday sees British No.1 Johanna Konta and No.2 Watson compete for a place in the quarter-finals in Nottingham, with top seed Ashleigh Barty and reigning champion Donna Vekic also taking to Centre Court on Thursday.

Last year’s runner-up Konta was victorious in the pair’s previous meeting at Indian Wells in 2017 and boasts twice as many match wins as her Fed Cup team-mate to date this year. Meanwhile, Leicestershire’s Katie Boulter will play in her maiden WTA second-round match when she takes on 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur.

From Thursday, all WTA matches on Centre Court will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 from 12pm.

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Limited tickets for the Nature Valley Open are still available, grounds passes for as little as £11 and reserved Centre Court seats from £29. Find out how to secure your tickets here and read more about other British Tennis events.

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