Women's round-up: Pliskova sisters through, Ostapenko recovers from second-set bagel to progress
Third seed Karolina Pliskova opened her grass-court campaign with an impressive win at the Aegon International at Eastbourne, beating Alison Riske 6-4 6-3.
Pliskova, playing her first match since losing in the semi-finals of the French Open to Simona Halep, was joined in progressing by her twin, Kristyna, who beat British wild card Naomi Broady 6-2 6-7(7) 6-1.
Pliskova had already had a bye so her win over Riske took her into the third round.
“I’m very happy with the way I played today and hopefully I can improve,” she said on Eurosport.
French Open winner Jeļena Ostapenko recovered from a second-set bagel to beat Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-3 0-6 6-4 to make the third round.
Ostapenko, 20, claimed three breaks in the first set but only managed to win eight points in the second as Suarez-Navarro bageled her opponent.
However, Ostapenko, ranked 14th in the world, rallied, securing three breaks of serve to progress to the next round.
Ostapenko, who shot up to 13th in the world after her stunning triumph in Paris, played with her usual mixture of clean winners and errors to overpower her opponent, despite a second set meltdown when her game misfired on the grass.
Ostapenko, who got a first-round bye, will face either Britain's fifth-seeded Johanna Konta or Romanian Sorana Cirstea in round three.
There was also an early defeat for Canda's former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard who lost 6-3 3-6 6-2 to Czech Barbora Strycova.
Eastbourne second-round results:
- Lara Arruabarrena Vecino (Spain) beat 16-Daria Gavrilova (Australia) 2-6 6-2 6-3
- Heather Watson (Britain) beat 4-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 7-5 6-4
- 3-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Alison Riske (U.S.) 6-4 6-3
Eastbourne first-round results:
- Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-3 3-6 6-2
- Zhang Shuai (China) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-2 6-1
- Peng Shuai (China) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 6-3 6-4
- Veronica Cepede Royg (Paraguay) beat Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) 4-6 6-3 6-3
- Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat Risa Ozaki (Japan) 6-0 6-1
- Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Naomi Broady (Britain) 6-2 6-7(7) 6-1
- Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2
- Duan Yingying (China) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 6-3 4-0 (McHale retired)