Ash Barty and Sam Stosur are through to the second round of Nottingham Open.
Stosur reached the next round after receiving a walkover when Zarina Diyas had to retire with a left knee injury in the first set and now plays British wildcard Katie Boulter.
Barty had the perfect start to the grass season with a straight-sets victory (6-3 6-3) over Swiss opponent Stefanie Voegele.
Australia’s No.1 and two-time quarterfinalist at the Nottingham Open set up a first meeting with Duan Yingying of China in the second round.
Oh hey, Notts 💚🌱🐛🇬🇧🎾 pic.twitter.com/pLifbjDmfn— Ash Barty (@ashbar96) June 12, 2018
“It just brings out a little bit of extra confidence, knowing that I did play well this time last year,” Barty told the WTA.
“I feel I can try to do that again, and we’re off to a good start.
“The beauty of grass-court tennis is that you get better with matches, and there’s no better way than to get out there and try to fix up your game," she said.