Queen's 2017: Johanna Konta beats Lesia Tsurenko after second-set wobble

Johanna Konta has never failed to reach the second round in her five previous appearances in the Aegon Classic but the British No 1 was far from her best in her 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Lesia Tsurenko at Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham.

Tsurenko had the chance to serve for the second set at 5-3 but Konta broke back when it mattered most and claimed the tie-break when converting her third match point.

There was also an injury scare, which she declined to discuss in detail after the match, but Konta's preparations for Wimbledon next month remain in good shape.

She said: "I felt actually throughout the whole match maybe I just dropped my level a little bit". It feels great. I love playing on the grass.

She will face either Christina McHale or fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in the next round.

Kvitova is now playing in her second tournament of the year since recovering from a stabbing she suffered to her left hand last December.

The British No 1 had said any suggestion of burnout in her busy grass-court schedule should be judged as a positive sign her tennis is going well ahead of Wimbledon, and she has taken the first step on what she hopes is another deep run on home soil.

"She's a very big player", Konta said. "And that's important that I am back in reality and just playing the matches". And I know she enjoys the grass.

Konta began the year winning her second WTA title with a win in Sydney and reached the quarter-finals in the Australian Open and then won the biggest title of her career in Miami to establish herself inside the top 10 players in the world. I had good timing on the court today and I'm happy the way I played. I think that I served well and I played good shots from the baseline.

Monday sees some of the finest players in men's tennis take to the court at Queen's for the Aegon Championship, while Birmingham hosts the women at the Aegon Classic. I think that she served very well, especially first serve.

"We are still anxious about the hand, so we are not practising that much".

  • Julie Sanders