Five Brits will compete in the second round of the WTA draw after Lily Miyazaki and Katie Boulter both won three-set epics on day two.
Miyazaki claimed her first WTA Tour and biggest win of her career so far against France’s Magdalena Frech. The 26-year-old defeated the world No.92 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in a battle of momentum swings out on Court 2.
It looked like the match might slip away from Miyazaki after Frech stormed to a 5-0 lead in the second set before drawing level, but the British star ran away with the decider after saving five break points in the opening game.
Next up she’ll have to defeat world No.48 Beatriz Haddad Maia for a place in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Boulter’s strong record at Nottingham continued with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Tatjana Maria.
The 2021 quarter-finalist struggled with the German’s relentless slicing in the first set but found her range in the second and showcased her usual attacking flair. She rescued a break in the decider to win five of the last six games and set up a battle with fifth seed Ajla Tomlijanovic.
World No.5 Maria Sakkar eased into the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Colombia’s Camila Osorio.
A hot favorite to take the crown this year, and the first top 5 player to compete at Nottingham, the Greek star will turn her attention to Rebecca Marino, who defeated Britain’s Eden Silva in round one.
Second seed and British No.1 Emma Raducanu was forced to retire at 4-3 down against Viktorija Golubic. The US Open champion appeared to be feeling an injury from the opening game and after receiving medical attention on each of the change of ends, made the decision to withdraw from the match.
Faced with a tough challenge against the third seed, British wild card Sonay Kartal put up a strong fight against Italy’s Camila Giorgi before losing out 6-4, 6-3.
Kartal had break point opportunities to edge 5-4 ahead, but the 2021 Eastbourne International semi-finalist showed her experience to hold on and take full control of the match.
Ryan Peniston, Jay Clarke, Liam Broady and Dan Cox will all join British No.2 Dan Evans in the second round of this year’s ATP Challenger event.
peniston won the match of the day, fighting through a three hour and 9 minute contest against second seed Jiri Vesely to win 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 7-6(6).
In one of the best matches of his career, Peniston pulled out all the stops, including an outrageous behind the back winner past an approaching Vesely in the second set. With the match on the line at 5-6 in the deciding tie-break, Peniston rose to the moment and with the crowd roaring behind him, sealed three consecutive points to book a second round match against Borno Gojo.
clarke dazzled Center Court with a brilliant display against fellow Brit Paul Jubb to come through 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes.
Clarke made full use of his big first serve throughout the match, winning 91% of points when it landed, and finished the first set with a rocket straight down the tee.
In a high quality contest, Jubb did well salvage a few games from 4-0 down in the second, but Clarke proved to have that extra bit of quality on the day.
Broady’s opener against Constant Lestienne went the full distance, with the Brit coming through 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 out on Court 3. The British No.5 will look to reach his best result in Nottingham in the second round against qualifier and Surbiton Trophy finalist Otto Virtanen.
British qualifier Cox got his first ATP Challenger main draw victory since 2015, coming from a set down to defeat Federico Gaio 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Cox progresses to his first second round in Nottingham, where he’ll play eighth seed Marc-Andrea Huesler.
Alastair Gray was last on Center Court against former major semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco, going toe-to-toe with the Spaniard before losing out 7-6(3), 7-6(6).