NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Seeded players Karin Knapp and Ajla Tomljanovic lost in the first round of the Nottingham Open on Monday as top-level women’s tennis returned to the central England grass-court venue for the first time in 42 years.
The fourth-seeded Knapp lost 6-4, 6-2 to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, and Tomljanovic, the No. 8 seed from Croatia, was beaten 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 by Lauren Davis of the United States.
Other winners before rain arrived late in the afternoon were Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Bojana Jovanovski and Ana Konjuh.
When play resumed, fifth-seeded Alison Riske of the U.S. completed a 6-3, 6-4 win over China’s Saisai Zheng.
No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska is the only member of the world’s top 20 playing in the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, and is looking to rebound from a first-round loss at the French Open. The Polish player begins her campaign on Tuesday when the first round will be completed.
Billie Jean King won the title the last time the Nottingham Open was staged on the main tour, in 1973.
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