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Wozniacki, Bouchard win on grass in Eastbourne 2nd round

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki made a winning start to her grass-court season with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova in the second round of the Aegon International on Tuesday.

Wozniacki fell behind to an early break before rallying to reach the tiebreaker, where Gajdosova paid for a series of errors. Wozniacki broke her opponent’s serve three times on the way to sealing victory in the second set.

“It felt great to be out here, I love this tournament, this amazing crowd and I know Jarmila is a really tough opponent,” Wozniacki said.

Earlier, Eugenie Bouchard earned her first win of the grass-court season when the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up beat Alison Riske of the U.S. 7-6 (5), 6-3.

The result was desperately sought by Bouchard, who came into the event having lost nine of her last 10 matches, including opening defeats in the last two weeks on grass at s-Hertogenbosch and Birmingham.

Her one win in her last eight events was in Rome in May. Her ranking dropped out of the top 10 this month.

She improved to 4-1 against Riske.

“It is good to finally get one (a win on grass),” Bouchard said. “I was a little bit more aggressive and I was trying to enjoy the moment.”

In other matches, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia upset third-seeded Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7) 6-4, Coco Vandeweghe of the United States beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 and Sara Errani of Italy came through against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (7).

British wild card entrant Johanna Konta upset fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-4.

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