Wozniacki wins but world number one Barty withdraws at Eastbourne

Barty holds up the Birmingham trophy

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Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki won in the Nature Valley International first round at Eastbourne, but new world number one Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn with a right arm injury.

World number 14 Wozniacki, 28, beat Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-4.

Australia’s Barty won the Birmingham title on Sunday to top the rankings, but said she must “rest and recover” before Wimbledon starts on 1 July.

Denmark’s Wozniacki will play German Andrea Petkovic in the second round.

“It’s an injury we’ve had to manage since I was 16 years old,” explained Barty, who won her first singles Grand Slam at the French Open earlier this month.

“When I have a spike in load it comes up – it’s a bone stress injury and I need to look after it, particularly in these first few days. We know how to manage it but it’s important to get on top of it straight away.”

Julia Gorges, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, has withdrawn through illness, along with world number 12 Anastasija Sevastova, who is out with a right thigh injury.

The British challenge

After his doubles triumph at Queen’s on Sunday, Andy Murray will play at Eastbourne with Brazilian Marcelo Melo – their match will start after 16:00 BST on Tuesday.

British number one Johanna Konta won her first-round match against Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska on Sunday, and will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari next.

Meanwhile, British men’s number one Kyle Edmund received a bye in the first round and will face either compatriot Cameron Norrie or France’s Jeremy Chardy in the second round.

Norrie was 3-0 up against the Frenchman on Monday when play was suspended for the day because of rain.

Teenager Paul Jubb, who has a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw and was playing in his first ATP Tour-level event at Eastbourne, lost 6-2 6-3 to world number 42 Taylor Fritz.

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