Defending winner Ostapenko advanced to Eastbourne; Former winners Keys and Kvitova win

The eighth-seeded Latvian won 6–4, 6–4 against Tomljanovic to begin his 2022 campaign at the WTA 500 event, with his sixth straight win in the British coastal city.

“He’s a good player and I knew it was going to be a tough fight. For a few moments, I didn’t feel comfortable, but then I managed to win the match. It was great to be back … and I’m happy I’m back here,” Ostapenko said in victory.

Looking for grass-court revenge on his winner Tomljanovic at Wimbledon 12 months earlier, Ostapenko had a breakdown in each set. She trailed 4-2 in the first set to win it and also lost her serve to open the second set.

The defending champion said, “I was trying not to miss any balls and put more balls in the game, but still stay aggressive.” In a report on the WTA Tour website, she was quoted as saying, “I felt that in some moments, I missed balls that I shouldn’t have missed. I’m glad I managed to win.”

Meanwhile, former finalist Petra Kvitova and 2014 winner Madison Keys of the United States also advanced to the grass-court event.

Kvitova has struggled to win since reaching the quarterfinals in Miami in March. The two-time Wimbledon champion reached Eastbourne with a 1-5 record in her last six appearances, including a first-round loss to Beatriz Haddad Maiya in Birmingham last week. The Czech defeated former Top 20 player Donna Vekic 6-1, 7-6 (1) for her first grass win of the season.

Kvitova’s 1 hour, 12 minute win was the first ever between the two on a natural surface; He had won two of his earlier three which were all played on hard courts.

After Kvitova dominated the opening set, Vekic’s serve was broken twice, with no woman facing a break point in the second set; Here 14th seed Kvitova dominated the tiebreak, winning the first three points and the last four.

Madison Keys, the 2014 champions here, was the third former champion with Ostapenko and Karolina Pliskova in the draw, winning 6–4, 6–3 over Lauren Davis in her first grass-court match of the season.

Keys last played at Roland Garros, where she reached the fourth round in singles and semi-finals in doubles with compatriot Taylor Townsend. Keys won her first career WTA singles title at Eastbourne eight years ago and is playing here for the first time since her title defense ended in the second round the following year.

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