AEGON International Wednesday preview: Bouchard, Konta, Watson and Wozniacki all gunning for quarter finals

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta will be gunning for a place in the quarter-final of the AEGON International as she takes on number 14 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain on centre court later today.

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Konta, who received a wild card into the tournament, enjoyed the best victory of her career as she beat world No.8 Makarova 6-2 6-4 in front of her home crowd yesterday at Devonshire Park.

Muguruza earned her spot in Wednesday’s draw as she enjoyed victory against qualifier Polona Hercog 5-7 6-3 6-0.

Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard and Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic will kick off the Centre Court action on Day Four followed by Konta vs Muguruza.

The third match on centre will see former Eastbourne champion Svetlana Kuznetsova take on Caroline Wozniacki who also won the event in 2009.

Brish No.1 Heather Watson rounds off the centre court action and she will ply American Sloane Stephens.

Yesterday Watson was delighted with her fighting victory over tournament No.11 seed Elina Svitolina 3-6 7-5 6-4.

“I haven’t really had the best time in the clay court season and have been finding a few things tough,” said the British No.1. “This week was kind of like a new start for me and I’ve got a lot of emotion in me right now. I think on the court it shows.

“I think the crowd today was louder than I think I have ever heard them here at Eastbourne for one of my matches. I just loved every minute of it.”

On court one Dominika Cibulkova takes on Tsvetana Pironkova. Agnieszka Radwanska is on second as she plays Karolina Pliskova followed by CoCo Vandeweghe vs Andrea Petkovic. The final match will see Daria Gavrilova play Sara Errani.

Great Britain got off to a stellar start in the LTA Grand Slam Nations Challenge, beating France six rubbers to zero in the under-18s junior event.

Australia made a similarly impressive start on day one of the girls’ teams competition, defeating the USA five rubbers to one.

Wednesday’s Grand Slam Nations Challenge clash between Great Britain take on the USA will decide the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy for 2015, while Australia takes on France in the second junior tie of the day.

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