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Konta Eastbourne win serves up mouthwatering clash with Kvitova

By Eleanor Crooks

British number one Johanna Konta beat Lesia Tsurenko in the Aegon International at Eastbourne to set up a last-16 showdown with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

Konta produced a commanding performance against the Ukrainian world number 42 to triumph 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in one hour and 48 minutes.

Kvitova came through a tough test against Hungary's Timea Babos 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska also moved through when opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who had earlier come through a first round match against Denisa Allertova, withdrew injured when trailing 6-4 2-1.

Unseeded Caroline Wozniacki produced arguably the performance of the day as the former world number one took just 68 minutes to swat seventh seed Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-1.

Meanwhile, British number four Dan Evans came from behind to reach the last 16 of the Aegon Open in Nottingham but compatriot Kyle Edmund exited.

Evans beat 16th seed Ricardas Berankis 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. The 26-year-old will face Uruguayan second seed Pablo Cuevas.

But Edmund's run came to an end as he was beaten 6-4 7-6 (7-5) by Ukrainian fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

• Stephen McCausland progressed to the main draw at the Keys Finance Ulster Championship last night with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Lurgan teenager Caleb Ralston in final round qualifying at the Boat Club.

Donaghadee's McCausland will face top seeded Polish-born Windsor ace Przemek Stec in the last eight.

In another of last night's qualifying matches, Windsor's Ben McClurg defeated Bradley Yates (David Lloyd) 6-2, 6-0 to move one win away from a place in the main draw.

Jakob Robb (Windsor) defeated Ulster's top Under 14 Dylan Leeman (Hawarden) 6-0, 7-5 to edge towards the main event.

Ballymena's Kerri Russell beat Downshire's Emily Beatty 6-1, 6-0 to earn a last-eight date with Windsor's Annie McCullough.

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