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The stars of women's tennis stepped out in Kensington on Thursday night for the WTA's official pre-Wimbledon bash. Petra Kvitova will make her comeback at SW19 next week.
MIKE DICKSON: Wimbledon lost Marcus Willis on Thursday but found an immediate sprinkling of romance to replace him in Alex Ward, a player of even more humble status.
KIERAN GILL AT EASTBOURNE: A sobbing Johanna Konta overcame slipping and hitting her head off the turf on Thursday to beat world No 1 Angelique Kerber.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: After the first set was won in just 26 minutes, the second was considerably harder as Young put up a fight against the former world No 1.
Two days of rain delays at the south coast grass court event left a backlog of matches with Konta one of several facing a punishing schedule, with the last-four clash due to follow only hours later.
The world No 1's preparations were again undermined when injury forced his withdrawal from an exhibition match at Hurlingham scheduled for Friday.
Marcus Willis saw his dreams of a Wimbledon return dashed. Willis crashed out in straight sets to Ukraine's Illya Marchenko to miss out on a second Wimbledon appearance.
Britain's Katy Dunne missed out on the chance to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw after being beaten 7-5 3-6 6-2 by Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
The 31-year-old Scot, who won the Queen's Club doubles title with Brazilian Bruno Soares, said the constant focus on the top players was undermining the quality of tennis.
As the country’s highest ranked player for three decades, the pressure is on Johanna Konta to be the first British winner of the ladies’ singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: Novak Djokovic finds it ‘liberating’ to no longer be world No 1, with Andy Murray set to shoulder the responsibility heading into Wimbledon.
The world No 1 did not turn up for either of his scheduled practice slots at the All England Club, having already withdrawn from a scheduled exhibition match on Tuesday.
John McEnroe has acknowledged he should have kept quiet regarding Serena Williams and her hypothetical ranking on the men’s tour.
Marcus Willis is one win away from another Wimbledon appearance after the British fan favourite got the better of friend and compatriot Liam Broady on Wednesday.
Laura Robson will go into Wimbledon with just one win on grass behind her after losing to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round of the Aegon Southsea Trophy.
Despite playing just one competitive match on grass so far this season, Andy Murray has been handed the No 1 seeding ahead of his Wimbledon defence this year.
Paolo Maldini's pro tennis career is likely to stop at one match. The 49-year-old and his partner Stefano Landonio were beaten 6-1, 6-1 by Tomasz Bednarek and David Pel in Milan.
John McEnroe's comments about Serena Williams' tennis ability in a gender context descended into a full-blown row as the pregnant superstar hit back at the old curmudgeon.
KIERAN GILL IN EASTBOURNE: The big fish in the sleepy seaside town didn’t disappoint as Novak Djokovic eased past Canada’s Vasek Pospisil on his Devonshire Park debut.
The International Tennis Federation has risked the wrath of the leading players by announcing plans to hold a combined event featuring the Davis and Fed Cup finals in Geneva from 2018-20.