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EASTBOURNE---Former Grand Slam
finalists Svetlana Kuznetsova and
Dominika Cibulkova advanced to the
second round of the Eastbourne grass-
court tournament yesterday, while top-
seeded Petra Kvitova withdrew through
illness a week before starting her title
defense at Wimbledon.
Kuznetsova, who has won the French
Open and US Open, converted all four
of her break points in beating Magdalena
Rybarikova 7-6 (5), 6-4 to set up a match
against Flavia Pennetta.
Cibulkova, a runner-up at the Aus-
tralian Open last year, beat Harriet Dart
6-1, 6-3 and will next play 2014 Wim-
bledon semifinalist Lucie Safarova.
Kvitova pulled out before she had
played a match at Eastbourne in a dis-
ruption to her preparations for Wim-
bledon. She said she started feeling ill
when she arrived in Britain on Thursday
and didn t recover.
"I have to still think positively, and
I hope I m going to be ready for Wim-
bledon," the second-ranked Kvitova said.
"I m playing Tuesday (at Wimbledon
next week), so it s still time for it."
Kvitova hasn t played since losing in
the fourth round at the French Open on
NOTTINGHAM---Aljaz Bedene warmed up for his
first Wimbledon since switching nationality to
British by beating Diego Schwartzman in one of
just five completed first-round matches at the rain-
hit Nottingham Open yesterday.
The Slovenia-born Bedene, who was granted British
citizenship in March, won 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 against
his Argentine opponent and will play eighth-seeded
Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round.
Santiago Giraldo of Colombia won 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
against Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria, while
Simone Bolelli, Malek Jaziri and Dudi Sela were all
straight-sets winners before rain washed out play in
the late afternoon and evening.
The top seeds are in action today, with David Ferrer,
Feliciano Lopez and Gilles Simon all starting their
title challenges. Ferrer plays Marcos Baghdatis in the
SEOUL---North Korea has scrapped plans to attend
next month s University Games in South Korea to
protest the opening of a UN human rights office in
Seoul, South Korean officials said yesterday.
The boycott shows that the UN office tasked with
monitoring the North s alleged abysmal rights violations
will be another source of animosity on an already tense
Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang, which considers any
criticism of its human rights a US-led campaign to
topple its government, has called the office a grave
provocation and threatened unspecified retaliation.
The office, the first of its kind, is set to open Tuesday.
South Korean officials said North Korea cited the
office when it told the International University Sports
Federation it was backing out of the multi-sport
Olympic-style games in the South Korean city of
Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova returns the ball to
Britain's Harriet Dart during day three of the
women's International tennis at Devonshire Park,
Eastbourne, yesterday. AP PHOTO
advance at Eastbourne
June 1. Rain pushed 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Euge-
nie Bouchard s second-round match against Alison
Riske back to Tuesday.
There were wins for unseeded players Polona Hercog
of Slovenia, Irina Falconi of the United States, Barbora
Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, Tsvetana
Pironkova of Bulgaria and home favorite Heather Wat-
Rafael Nadal will complete his Wimbledon
preparations at The Boodles exhibition event
After suffering a first-round exit at the Aegon
Championships at Queen s Club, Nadal has decided
he needs more match practice ahead of his title
bid in SW19.
Despite having recently won the ATP tournament
in Stuttgart, he has therefore decided to play at
least one exhibition match at Stoke Park in Buck-
inghamshire this week. The event starts on Tuesday
and runs until Saturday, although it is yet to be
announced when the Spaniard will play.
Nadal joins world number one Novak Djokovic
as a headline name at the event.
Janko Tipsarevic v Lucas Pouille, Jack Sock v
Philipp Kohlschreiber, John Isner v Thanasi Kokki-
nakis and Lukas Rosol v Kevin Anderson have
been announced as Tuesday s matches.
Nadal to play
at Stoke Park
Bedene warms up
Pyongyang boycotts University
Games in South Korea
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