Johanna Konta eases into Eastbourne third round with 6-1 6-3 win over Aleksandra Krunic

Johanna Konta looked in good form as she reached the third round of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne with a 6-1 6-3 win over Aleksandra Krunic on Tuesday.

The British No 1 is searching for the tennis that took her to the Wimbledon semi-finals a year ago, which lifted her to No 4 in the world.

A slide down the rankings saw her change her coach in December last year and now ranked No 22, she will be feeling better about her chances in SW19 after a confident display that set up a third-round clash with world No 2 Caroline Wozniacki.

After closing out the first set to love, Konta was forced to wait as Krunic received lengthy medical treatment on a thigh injury, but held her focus to break the Serb in the fifth game of the second set.

“I haven’t played Caroline in some time so I am looking forward to that battle,” Konta told BBC Sport.

“She is a Grand Slam champion this year. I am happy with how I played here, I knew Aleksandra would be difficult to face so I was glad I was able to keep my focus.”

British wildcard Harriet Dart was earlier knocked out of the tournament in a 6-3 6-4 defeat to Lativa’s Anastasija Sevastova.

Third seed Petra Kvitova secured her sixth straight grass-court win with a 7-5 6-3 canter past Kateryna Bondarenko.

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