Aegon Classic: Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta win in first round

Naomi Broady
Naomi Broady reached the second round of Wimbledon last year
Aegon Championships
Venue: Aegon Classic, Birmingham Dates: 15-21 June
Coverage: Regular updates on the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live

British wildcards Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta reached the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham with straight-set wins.

Konta, 24, dropped just four games on her way to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Australian Jarmila Gajdosova.

Stockport's Broady, 25, ranked 224th in the world, beat the 79th-ranked Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-4.

USA-based 16-year-old Katie Swan, from Bristol, was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Tsvetana Pironkova on her WTA Tour debut.

"I was just playing her as a player and not the ranking," said Broady, who will now face top seed and last year's French Open finalist Simona Halep.

"That's the key when you get a wildcard into a tournament, not to overthink the draw and not to look at the ranking."

Konta, who will take on fifth seed Karolina Pliskova, added: "I'm enjoying playing here in Birmingham and now I look forward to the next one.

"I'm just happy to be in the country for a while and have my loved ones around me."

Briton Heather Watson is in first-round action against Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic on Tuesday.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka and seventh seed Andrea Petkovic start their campaigns on Tuesday.

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