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Result: Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter progress at Nottingham Open

British pair Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter join Heather Watson in reaching the second round of the Nottingham Open.

Johanna Konta has made a positive start to her Nottingham Open campaign courtesy of a comfortable win over Kurumi Nara.

Konta faces an important summer with a large number of ranking points to defend on the grass, and the British number one has helped her cause with a 6-2 6-3 win over Nara.

Johanna Konta in action in Nottingham on June 12, 2018© Reuters

The world number 22 registered four breaks of serve to set up a second-round showdown with Heather Watson, who defeated Danielle Lao earlier on Tuesday.

Katie Boulter - the British number four - is also through after registering one of the wins of her career against Yanina Wickmayer, with the 21-year-old prevailing by a 6-4 6-4 scoreline.

However, youngsters Gabriella Taylor and Katie Swan both suffered tough defeats after being handed a wildcard and coming through qualifying respectively.

Taylor faced last year's champion Donna Vekic and lost out 5-7 7-5 6-7, while Swan competed well with Mona Barthel before succumbing 7-6 7-5.

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