Kirilenko wins; Ivanovic ousted in Eastbourne

Updated: June 17, 2013


Sixth seed Maria Kirilenko advanced,
while former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was an opening-round upset victim Monday
at the $690,000 Aegon International tennis event, a final grass-court
Wimbledon tune-up.

The Russian Kirilenko handled Serb Bojana Jovanovski 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, while
the seventh-seeded Serbian Ivanovic succumbed to Russian Elena Vesnina
2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at Devonshire Park.

In some other first-round action, Britain’s Heather Watson humbled American
Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-4, former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli of
France foiled Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-2, and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer
doused American Christina McHale 6-3, 6-4. Bartoli was the Eastbourne champion
two years ago.

Tuesday’s schedule will feature matches for top seed, 2012 Wimbledon
runner-up and 2008 Eastbourne winner Agnieszka Radwanska, Australian Open
runner-up Li Na, former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova, and former world No. 1
Caroline Wozniacki, who titled here back in 2009. Kvitova was the 2011
Eastbourne runner-up to Bartoli.