British wildcard Jamie Baker got his AEGON International campaign underway in impressive fashion on Monday with a comprehensive win over world No.50 Donald Young, 6-1 6-4.
“I think definitely in a competitive match, that’s my best win in terms of ranking, no doubt about that,” said British No.3 Baker. “You can see it obviously isn’t a huge difference and gulf, so I think a big word that I’m trying to use just now actually is ‘belief’ when you go on to play guys like that. Because as you saw today, I think the grass court is definitely a leveler.”
Former Australian Open finalist and world No.42 Marcos Baghdatis scored a comprehensive 6-1 6-1 victory over world No.36 Pablo Andujar in a rapid-fire 49-minutes while US up-and-comer Ryan Harrison had to battle to overcome in-form qualifier Vasek Pospisil 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6).
In the women’s draw Laura Robson forged her way through qualifying with a 6-2 6-3 win over Bojana Jovanovski to earn a first round main draw berth against the experienced Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, second on Court 2 on Tuesday.
“I’m really happy,” said Robson after winning through to the main draw. “I thought I served well put a lot of pressure on her serve. I’m really happy to be through.”
Play starts at 11am on Tuesday at the AEGON International and sees a stellar line-up with reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova taking on 2010 Eastbourne champion Ekaterina Makarova first up on centre court at 11am.
Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki takes on Christina McHale second on centre court before the big-serving all-American clash between former US Open champion Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey.
Elsewhere, tournament top seed Agnieszka Radwanska will face Tsvetana Pironkova second on Court 1, defending champion Marion Bartoli will take on Sorana Cirstea third on Court 1 and Heather Watson will face qualifier Greta Arn third on Court 2.