Johanna Konta made a formidable begin to her marketing campaign in Birmingham by simply overcoming Anett Kontaveit, however it was a day of upsets elsewhere.
The Brit appeared comfortable to be house after her French Open heartbreak, and was dominant in her 6-2, 6-2 win over the Estonian.
“I’m so comfortable to be again on house soil and to be in entrance of you guys once more,” Konta stated after the match.
“I’m so happy to get began on the grass, it is a such a privileged time for the Brits so I’m comfortable.
“I had a couple of days off, didn’t get an excessive amount of follow on the grass due to the climate, then I acquired again into coaching.”
Compatriot Heather Watson had a way more disappointing homecoming, although, shedding to Czech Czech Barbora Strycova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
There was an enormous upset on the opening day too, with world quantity seven Elina Svitolina by the hands of Russian world quantity 62 Margarita Gasparyan.
Aryna Sabalenka additionally suffered defeat, shedding to Taiwanese world quantity 28 Hsieh Su-wei 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).
There have been no issues for third seed Karolina Pliskova, although, who over got here Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-4.
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