Eastbourne, England – Eighth seed Daniela Hantuchova was an easy opening-round winner Monday at the Aegon International tennis event, a final grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.
The Slovakian veteran and 2004 Eastbourne runner-up Hantuchova humbled British wild card Anne Keothavong 6-2, 6-3 at Devonshire Park.
In some other first-round play on Day 1, Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak defeated Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), South African Chanelle Scheepers held off German Mona Barthel 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, and Austrian Tamira Paszek handled New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 7-5, 6-1.
The top seeds this week are 2008 Eastbourne champion Agnieszka Radwanska, Wimbledon champ and 2011 Eastbourne runner-up Petra Kvitova, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, and former Wimbledon runner-up and reigning Eastbourne titlist Marion Bartoli. All four stars will see opening-round action here on Tuesday, with the 2009 Eastbourne champion Wozniacki battling rising American Christina McHale.
The winner of this $637,000 tournament will collect $107,000.