2015 Aegon International

Final qualifying round-up: American dreams

Lauren Davis, Irina Falconi and Christina McHale secured a main draw appearance at Eastbourne after coming through unscathed in the second and final Qualifying Round.

But Davis and Falconi both face fellow Qualifiers with a key match against a seeded player the reward for another victory.

And McHale is set to play gutsy Italian Camila Giorgi with a showdown against top seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova awaiting the winner.

Davis edged into the 1st Round with an unconvincing 6-3 1-6 7-5 triumph in just under two-and-a-half hours against Czech Republic’s Klara Koukalova. Next up is Australian Jarmila Gajdosova who dismissed Tatjana Maria Germany 6-4 6-1 in exactly an hour.

Falconi saw off Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in a tense tie 7-6(5) 6-3 that lasted 105 minutes, she faces Romanian Aleksandra Dulgheru who accounted for Kurumi Nara 7-5 6-2.

McHale pulled off an impressive win after being swept aside in the opening set against in-form Romanian Monica Niculescu. After levelling matters the American ace turned the tables on Niculescu to run away with the final set to register a 1-6 7-5 6-0 success in just over two hours.

Giorgi, who captured her maiden WTA Tour title at this month’s Topshelf Open on grass in the Netherlands, will be another tricky tie. And Czech Republic’s Kvitova is set to take on the winner on Wednesday.

But Marina Erakovic pulled off a greater shock result than McHale by sending Russian Daria Gavrilova out of the tournament. Gavrilova destroyed the hopes of Laura Robson, the former British #1, with a polished performance and the loss of just one game on her Eastbourne debut.

And the world #41 was expected to breeze past Erakovic. But the New Zealander’s fighting qualities helped her despatch Gavrilova 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 in a compelling match that lasted just over two-and-a-half hours.

Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, nicknamed the “Wimbledon dark horse” following remarkable results over top 10 players at SW19, should be a different prospect.

Slovenian Magdalena Rybarikova eased past China’s Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-3 in just over an hour andfaces Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Slovakian Polona Hercog recorded the most emphatic Qualifying win of the day with a comprehensive 6-2 6-0 success in under an over Serb Alexsandra Krunic to set up a clash against American Madison Brengle.
Final Qualifying

Date Match 1 2 3 Sets
21/06/15 12:00 Maria, Tatjana – Gajdosova, Jarmila 4:6 1:6 0:2
21/06/15 12:00 Rybarikova, Magdalena – Zheng, Saisai 6:2 6:3 2:0
21/06/15 12:00 Gavrilova, Daria – Erakovic, Marina 6:7 6:2 4:6 1:2
21/06/15 12:00 Nara, Kurumi – Dulgheru, Alexandra 5:7 2:6 0:2
21/06/15 13:20 Tomljanovic, Ajla – Falconi, Irina 6:7 3:6 0:2
21/06/15 13:50 Hercog, Polona – Krunic, Aleksandra 6:2 6:0 2:0
21/06/15 14:55 Koukalova, Klara – Davis, Lauren 3:6 6:1 5:7 1:2
21/06/15 15:15 Niculescu, Monica – McHale, Christina 6:1 5:7 0:6 1:2
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