The grass court season is here which means Wimbledon is just around the corner with the grass court season beginning in Nottingham where there are five British players taking part in the main draw this year.
Laura Robson v Ana Konjuh
Former British number one Laura Robson has received a wildcard for this year’s tournament and will be hoping for a very successful grass court season to get some momentum going and build her ranking which is currently at 329 in the world back into the top 100 quite soon but will take some doing.
Laura lines up against 18 year old Ana Konjuh ranked at 76 in the world. The two have never played each other before and the Croat has also struggled with finding momentum this year with a win/loss of 10/11 and this is a great opportunity for Robson to get an important win on the board.
Heather Watson v Magdalena Rybarikova
Heather Watson is the 6th seed for the tournament this year and lines up against an experienced player in Rybarikova who the British number two did defeat in 2015 at Hobart as she went on to win the title.
Heather’s is better on grass and I hope she can have a good run at this year’s tournament to build some momentum ahead of Wimbledon later this month.
Naomi Broady v Su-Wei Hsieh
2016 continues to go from strength to strength for Naomi Broady who is currently ranked at 79 in the world plays a player ranked at 80 in the world so they couldn’t be closer.
These two have met before in past a few years ago in Nottingham with Hsieh winning in straight sets against the current British number three.
Johanna Konta v Victoria Duval
Johanna Konta is now at a new career high of 18 in the world and the British number one who this time last year was ranked around about 150 in the world has been one of the stars of the tour over the last 12 months.
Konta plays against the American Victoria Duval in round one who is ranked down at 580 in the world. Sadly back in 2014 Victoria was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and she did play at Wimbledon in 2014 despite the diagnosis and made it to the second round where she was defeated by Belinda Bencic but defeated the world number 29 Sorana Cirstea in round one after qualifying. In September of 2014 she completed her chemotherapy and announced she is cancer free.
Freya Christie v Saisai Zheng
Freya Christie is set to make her main draw debut in her home town in Nottingham. The 18 year old is ranked at 318 in the world and takes on Zheng ranked at 86 in the world.
Despite the major differences in their careers with Christie making her debut on the main tour and for Zheng this is her 329th career match you just never know what may happen as Zheng has been on a bad losing streak winning just one of her last nine matches on the tour.