Good opening day for Brits at Eastbourne; Watson, Skupski, Edmund win

By Philip James

Heather Watson (GBR) def. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Heather Watson’s return from illness gathered pace today with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 first round victory over world number 27 Varvara Lepchenko.

Watson has dropped to 57th in the rankings after missing several weeks upon discovering she had had glandular fever, and this was only her second win in four matches since returning.

Elena Vesnina awaits Watson in round two after she upset seventh seed Ana Ivanovic today.

Kyle Edmund (GBR) def. Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

Kyle Edmund won his first ever ATP World Tour singles match today, beating Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-4.

The 18 year old, who won the French Open Boy’s Doubles title last month earlier this month, is a wild entrant but comfortably beat the his qualifier opponent.

Edmund, who has also been given a wildcard into Wimbledon, faces another French opponent in second seed, Gilles Simon, in round two.

Nadia Petrova (RUS)/Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) (1) def. Lisa Raymond (USA)/Laura Robson (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 10-5

Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond could not capitalise on winning the first set against tournament top seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik as they lost their first round doubles match on a Champion’s Tie-break.

Paul Hanley (AUS)/Ken Skupski (GBR) def. Tomasz Bednarek (POL) / Philipp Marx (GER)2-6,6-4, 10-8

Liverpool-born Ken Skupski and doubes veteran Paul Hanley made it safely through to round two of the men’s doubles beating Tomasz Bednarek and Philipp Marx 2-6,6-4, 10-8.

They will play Marcini Matkowski and Frederik Nielsen in round two after the pair eliminated the second seeds today.