Mixed fortunes for Brits on Day 2 of WTA Birmingham

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Three Brits took to the Court on Day 2 of the AEGON Classic with just one coming out victorious.

It should have been two with Heather Watson holding match points in her 6-2 5-7 4-6 loss to Aleksandra Wozniak. Wozniak had come through a tough three setter with Anastasia Rodionova to make it this far but looked to be in good shape as she moved into a 2-0 lead early. However, this only served to awaken Watson who reeled off the next six games to take the first set.

It looked to be over when Heather moved into a 5-3 lead but she would go on to lose seven games straight after blowing three match points in the ninth game of the set. She would recover to 4-4 from 1-4 down despite the netcords favouring the Canadian on three separate occasions. Serving to stay in the match at *4-5, she never got to game point and would not have an answer for the much improved play from the Canadian who powered a forehand winner to take the match.

Johanna Konta already held an impressive head to head record over Kurumi Nara of Japan and would extend it with a convincing victory in straight sets. They met at this event last year with Konta winning 2 and 4 but she would improve on that in her fifth consecutive win over Nara.

Konta failed to convert her first two break opportunities on return in the third game of the match but would break next time round for a *3-2 lead, adding a second break at the end for a 6-3 first set. On serve, Konta was imperious and saved the only break point she faced at *3-1 up in the second. She added an additional break to all but seal the match and will now face Wozniak in round two.

Naomi Broady held a set lead against Barbara Zahlavova Strycova before losing in three  7-5 4-6 3-6. Against one of the more fierce serves on tour, the Czech had problems early on. Broady made the breakthrough in game eight of the first set but after Zahlavova-Strycova had a dead netcord winner to bring up break point, she would get back to 5-5. She failed to hold in her second attempt at serving to stay in the set and sent a ball flying into the fields behind the court in frustration.

The big hitting of Broady was not so consistent as she fell a break down early, but reclaimed it straight away. At 4-4, she would drop serve again and with it the set was gone as Zahlavova Strycova served out to 15, converting her first set point. She broke to begin the decider to disappoint the home crowd and after Broady failed to convert her only break point of the third, Zahlavova Strycova added a second break to take the match and a place in the second round where she will play Lucie Safarova.

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