Kvitova, Radwanska out but Brits win in Eastbourne

Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska both suffered shock first-round exits at Eastbourne in huge blows to their Wimbledon preparations, although British duo Laura Robson and Heather Watson both claimed victories.


The top two seeds were hoping for a grass-court run ahead of The Championships in SW19, but suffered surprise defeats to unseeded opponents.

Last year’s Wimbledon champion Kvitova, seeded second at the AEGON International but the world number four, lost 7-5 6-4 to world number 48 Ekaterina Makarova.

Makarova, who won the Eastbourne tournament in 2010, missed a chance to close out the match as Kvitova finally cut out the errors and hit a flurry of winners to win a break back, but the Russian 24-year-old was not to be denied.

Makarova now meets British hope Laura Robson, who came from a set down to beat Spain’s Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Robson's compatriot Heather Watson beat Hungary's Greta Arn 6-3 6-4 and will face Czech star Lucie Safarova after she beat another Hungarian, Timea Babos, 3-6 6-3 7-6.

The top-seeded Pole Radwanska suffered a comprehensive defeat to Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, who cruised to a 6-2 6-4 victory.

World number 40 Pironkova is up against Stephanie Dubois after she beat Carla Suarez 6-4 6-4.

Number five seed Angelique Kerber of Germany did progress after beating Russia's Elena Vesnina 3-6 6-0 7-5.

She faces South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers for a place in the third round.

Third seed Caroline Wozniacki lost an epic encounter against Christina McHale 6-1 6-7(7-9) 6-4.

The American will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round after the Russian’s first-round opponent Su-Wei Hsieh suffered an injury. The Taiwanese was a set and a break down.

France’s Marion Bartoli also moves into the second round after a 6-2 6-2 win over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea. The fourth seed plays Aleksandra Wozniak in the next round.

Klara Zakopalova was also victorious on Tuesday, although she was pushed hard by China’s Jie Zheng in a match that finished 6-3 4-6 6-3.

The Czech is up against ninth-seeed compatriot Petra Cetkovska, who beat another Czech Andrea Hlavackova 3-6 6-2 6-1.

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