Tennis: Wozniacki finds early success in Eastbourne

Tennis: Wozniacki finds early success in Eastbourne


EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom, June 19, 2016 (AFP) – Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki earned her first win of a troubled pre-Wimbledon season on Sunday beating Alize Cornet in the first round at the WTA Eastbourne International.

The Dane, who has only just returned after missing the clay season with an ankle injury, advanced 6-1, 6-3 in 80 minutes, helped by six double-faults from Cornet, who lost serve five times.

Wozniacki, who won the 2009 Eastbourne trophy and topped the WTA rankings in 2010 and 2011, lost her grass opening match this week in Birmingham, where rain caused havoc.

Skies at Devonshire Park remained dry and fresh, though rain is forecast to hit the area on Britain s south coast over the coming days.

France s Kristina Mladenovic, half of the Roland Garros women s doubles winners, opened with victory over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 while Hungarian Timea Babos defeated Italy s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).