Nottingham Open: Kristina Mladenovic moves into second round

Kristina Mladenovic and Donna Vekic were among the winners in the first round of the Nottingham Open.

France's Kristina Mladenovic   -  Getty Images

Kristina Mladenovic moved into the Nottingham Open second round, while former champion Donna Vekic battled through on Wednesday.

Mladenovic, coming off a French Open doubles success, was too good for qualifier Magdalena Frech 7-5, 6-2 at the WTA International tournament. The eighth seed managed to break five times in her win, setting up a last-16 meeting with Australian Astra Sharma.

Vekic, the 2017 champion, overcame Dalila Jakupovic 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0 in just under two hours.

 

After a second-set hiccup, the Croatian rushed through the third set, losing just 10 points to advance from a match moved indoors due to persistent rain in Nottingham. On what was a good day for the seeds, Caroline Garcia thrashed Naiktha Bains 6-1, 6-2, Maria Sakkari brushed past Heather Watson and Ajla Tomljanovic beat qualifier Danielle Lao.

At the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, two-time runner-up Kirsten Flipkens upset fourth seed Lesia Tsurenko 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 in the second round.

There were also wins for qualifier Greet Minnen and Natalia Vikhlyantseva.