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Sunday June 7th 2015
WIMBLEDON REMATCH FOR SPOT IN AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM MAIN DRAW
The first day of the Aegon Open Nottingham will see a rematch of last year's second round Wimbledon showdown between Michelle Larcher de Brito and Jarmila Gajdosova, after both players moved to within one win of the main draw on Sunday.
Top qualifying seed Gajdosova eased past Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3 6-3 in less than an hour, having broken the Brazilian teenager’s serve three times, while Larcher de Brito, who is seeded sixth in qualifying, downed Olga Savchuk in straight sets, 6-4 7-6(3).
The pair will battle it out for a spot in the main draw at the Nottingham Tennis Centre on Monday, and the winner will face either; first seed and former World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, rising British star Katy Dunne, American Christina McHale or Qiang Wang of China.
De Brito, who overcame Australia's Gajdosova 6-3 4-6 6-3 at the Championships in 2014, is competing for a fifth straight year in Nottingham
“It’s going to be a tough match," De Brito, 22, said. "She plays really well but I just have to go out there and play my best. Hopefully I can do well.”
Three-time Grand Slam semi-finalists Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest player on the WTA tour at 44 years old, went out to Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva in three sets 4-6 7-5 7-5.
Elsewhere, Arantxa Parra Santonja, 32, recovered after dropping the second set to defeat second qualifying seed Lin Zhu 6-1 3-6 7-6(6).
Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine needed a tightly-contested tie-break in the second set to overcome 18-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 7-6(7), while former world number 35 Olga Govortsova had no trouble dispatching Kai-Lin Zhang 6-1 6-2.
Monday’s action will also see the start of the tournament’s main draw with Italian fourth seed Karin Knapp taking on Yanina Wickmayer on centre court at 11am.
Home interests are represented by British No. 2 Johanna Konta, a semi-finalist in the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham in 2013, as she faces seventh seed Magdelena Rybarikova
AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM - NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND
8-14 JUNE, 2015
RESULTS - JUNE 07, 2015
Qualifying Singles - Second Round
Qualifying -  J. Gajdosova (AUS) d B. Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-3 6-3
Qualifying - A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d  L. Zhu (CHN) 6-1 3-6 7-6(6)
Qualifying -  O. Govortsova (BLR) d K. Zhang (CHN) 6-1 6-2
Qualifying -  M. Larcher de Brito (POR) d O. Savchuk (UKR) 6-4 7-6(3)
Qualifying -  A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d K. Date-Krumm (JPN) 4-6 7-5 7-5
Qualifying -  S. Vickery (USA) d C. Liang (CHN) 6-3 6-2
Qualifying - Y. Beygelzimer (UKR) d D. Vekic (CRO) 6-3 7-6(7)
Qualifying - P. Kania (POL) d Y. Wang (CHN) 6-2 7-5
Qualifying - O. Savchuk (UKR) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) 6-1 6-2
ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, JUNE 08, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs  K. Knapp (ITA)
L. Davis (USA) vs  A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
 A. Riske (USA) vs S. Zheng (CHN)
[WC] J. Konta (GBR) vs  M. Rybarikova (SVK)
 R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)
COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - P. Kania (POL) vs  A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Qualifying -  J. Gajdosova (AUS) vs  M. Larcher de Brito (POR)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs S. Voegele (SUI)
C. Chuang (TPE) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
COURT 3 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - Y. Beygelzimer (UKR) vs  O. Govortsova (BLR)
Qualifying - A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs  S. Vickery (USA)
S. Rogers (USA) vs A. Konjuh (CRO)
B. Jovanovski (SRB) vs N. Gibbs (USA)
The Aegon Open Nottingham will see two tournaments take place in June, the women’s WTA event taking place from 6-14 June 2015, and the men’s ATP event being staged from 20-27 June 2015. Both tournaments will be an integral part of the new British grass court season, which in 2015 will see a three week window between Roland Garros and Wimbledon for the first time. The extended grass court season will enable some of the world’s elite players extra time to find their feet on grass and make the most of the best grass-courts in the country.
Tickets to the Aegon Open Nottingham are on sale now. Tickets start from just £15 for an adult and £5 for a child.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.lta.org.uk/aegonopennottingham
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Charlie Bosomworth; LTA Communications Officer
0208 487 7021 or 07932 276 053
Andrew Aloia; Aegon Open Nottingham, Press Officer
Notes to Editors:
• The Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) mission is to get more people playing tennis more often, and its role is to develop, promote and govern tennis in Britain.
• Aegon is Lead Partner of British Tennis and is helping to transform the sport in this country. They’re supporting young talent through the Aegon FutureStars programme, as well as sponsoring the junior and senior GB Davis and Fed Cup teams and amateur and professional events. Aegon sponsor three world-class grass court tournaments; the Aegon Classic, Aegon International and Aegon Championships and will also sponsor the new WTA and ATP events in Nottingham from 2015. For further information visit www.aegontennis.co.uk
• For more information on tennis in Britain visit: www.lta.org.uk