WTA AEGON Classic: Heather Watson and Johanna Konta both progress

Last Updated: 12/06/13 6:54am

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British pair Heather Watson and Johanna Konta both progressed through to the second round of the WTA AEGON Classic in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

British No 2 Watson came through with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Melinda Czink 6-4 7-6 (7-0).

Watson, seeded 14th, is ranked more than 70 places above her Hungarian opponent, but she was given a stern test on the Ann Jones Court in one hour 27 minutes.

The 21-year-old, who is continuing to make her way back from the bout of glandular fever that kept her out for more than two months, will next face 172nd-ranked Russian Alla Kudryavtseva.

Meanwhile, Konta booked a date with Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic following a dominant 6-2 6-4 victory over Japan's Kurumi Nara in 63 minutes.

Mladenovic, seeded 12, represents tough opposition for the Briton although she was given a thorough workout by British No 4 Tara Moore.

Moore was dominant on serve in the opening set but her opponent hit back to take the second on a tie-break before sealing a 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory in two hours and 20 minutes.

First hurdle

Laura Robson - who has received a bye into the second round of the singles - fell at the first hurdles of the doubles with American partner Lisa Raymond, losing 6-4 6-2 against Cara Black and Marina Erakovic.

Robson will return for the singles where she will face Daniela Hantuchova after the Slovakian beat Australian wild card Casey Dellacqua 6-1 7-6 (7-1).

In other first-round singles matches today, Yanina Wickmayer, seeded ninth, defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-2 7-6 (7-5), Andrea Hlavackova beat Olga Puchkova 6-2 6-4 and Maria Sanchez won 6-3 6-2 win over Jana Cepelova.

In second-round action, sixth seed Mona Barthel beat Vesna Dolonic 7-5 2-6 7-5.

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