Nottingham Open: Johanna Konta opens grass campaign with win

BBC Sport:  

British number one Johanna Konta began her grass-court singles campaign with a straight-set win over Japan’s Kurumi Nara at the Nottingham Open.

Konta, the world number 22, won 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round.

British number two Heather Watson also moved into the second round with a 6-1 6-3 win against American Danielle Lao.

Watson suffered a surprise loss at last week’s Surbiton Trophy to Gabriella Taylor, who was beaten 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7-3) by Croatia’s Donna Vekic on Tuesday.

Katie Boulter went through with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, while Katie Swan lost 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 to Germany’s Mona Barthel.

In the men’s ATP Challenger event, Dan Evans beat Germany’s Dominick Koepfer 6-3 7-5 to reach the last-16.

Fellow Briton James Ward also progressed, winning 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) against German Tobias Simon.

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