The confident Florida-based player, whose Wimbledon debut is next week, said: "I find playing on the grass no real problem. It seems to suit my game. My target this week, as always, will be to win the tournament. I always have a little acceptance speech prepared just in case."
Britain's 12th-ranked player, Jo Ward, who is No 351 in the world, beat Gloria Pizzichini, the No 86, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, yesterday to qualify for Eastbourne, but must miss Wimbledon because she cannot now play in this week's qualifying event.Reuse content