Eastbourne International: Caroline Wozniacki strolls past Kirsten Flipkens; Karolina Pliskova enters third round
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki started her grass-court season brightly, while top remaining seed Karolina Pliskova moved into round three at Eastbourne on Monday
Eastbourne: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki started her grasscourt season brightly, while top remaining seed Karolina Pliskova moved into round three at Eastbourne on Monday.
Newly crowned World No 1 Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Wimbledon tune-up due to an arm injury after her efforts in winning the Birmingham Classic on Sunday.
That means world number three Pliskova is the highest-ranked player in the draw and she became the first player into the last-16 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Russia's Margarita Gasparyan.
Wozniacki, seeded 11th, was also a comfortable winner in the first round as the Dane dispatched Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-4.
"I love playing here, it brings back great memories for me," said Wozniacki, who also won at Eastbourne in 2009.
"I was here for the first time when I was 14, so that's basically half of my life."
Wozniacki faces German Andrea Petkovic in round two.
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