Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart claim first-round wins at Eastbourne

Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dard continued their good form on grass with impressive first-round wins at the Rothesay International Eastbourne In Monday.

Ilkley Trophy runner-up Burrage fought back after one set to beat top-100 player Petra Martic 3-6 7-5 6-3 to book a meeting with top seed Paula Badosa next.

Britain’s number two Dart was also involved in a three-setter and eventually got the better of Madison Brengle 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Burrage had faced match point before turning the tide on court two against his Croatian opponent in a sunny Devonshire park.

Dart was later and after clinching the first three games against Brengle, lost the next six to trail by a set.

That didn’t deter the world number 103 who found her form in the second and edged out a back-and-forth decider after several breaks to book a last-32 encounter with 10th seed Jil Teichmann.

Heather Watson was unable to join her compatriots in the second round of the WTA 500 after suffering a loss to Rebecca Marino in the Battle of the Lucky Losers.

Both had fallen in the final hurdle of qualifying but were called late in the main draw and Watson couldn’t capitalize after losing 7-6 6-4 in their final game before playing SW19.

Ancient Wimbledon Winner Garbine Muguruza advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-1 7-6(7) triumph over Magdalena Frech on center court. Earlier in the day, 17th seed Alison Riske lost 6-7 6-3 7-6(4) to Magda Linette.

In the men’s ATP 250 tournament, Jack Draper picked up an excellent victory over Jenson Brooksby, which means he will face world number 15 Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Draper, who suffered second-round defeats at Surbiton and Queen’s, was in imperious form from the start and beat the American in the opener.

A second followed and the opener was sealed with an ace in half an hour to hearty applause from the home crowd.

Britain’s number four Draper was also able to break Brooksby early in the second and quickly sealed another victory over a top-50 opponent in an hour and four minutes.

Dan Evansthe British number two, will start his campaign at Eastbourne on Tuesday against Adrian Mannarino.

The recent winner at Nottingham only made the belated decision to play the ATP 250 tournament after his early exit at Queen’s last week.

“It was good not having any games and just training, so that was good,” Evans said.

“I decided to play yesterday and come this morning. It’s good. Glad I’m here.

First in the series Cameron Norriewho received a second-round bye, plays Wednesday and could meet Evans in the last eight.

He added: “I think it’s a win-win situation. You are doing well here, you have some confidence. Otherwise, I’m going back to London and getting ready and playing on the match pitches and playing on the Wimbledon courts.

Jay Clarke missed the chance to face Norrie after losing 6-1 6-3 to Brandon Nakashima.

A number of seeds left Eastbourne on Monday with Maxime Cressy beating fellow American fifth-seeded Reilly Opelka in the second round while seventh-seeded Frances Tiafoe fell to Alexander Bublik.

Sebastian Korda also lost in straight sets to John Millman and announced after the match that he would miss Wimbledon after struggling with “terrible shin splints”.

Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart claim first-round wins at Eastbourne

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