Caroline Wozniacki wins at Eastbourne, but Ashleigh Barty withdraws

Barty holds up the Birmingham trophy
Barty is the first female Australian world number one since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976
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Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki won in the Nature Valley International first round at Eastbourne, but new world number one Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn with a right arm injury.

World number 14 Wozniacki, 28, beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-4.

Australia's Barty won the Birmingham title on Sunday to top the rankings, but said she must "rest and recover" before Wimbledon starts on 1 July.

Denmark's Wozniacki will play German Andrea Petkovic in the second round.

"It's an injury we've had to manage since I was 16 years old," explained Barty, who won her first singles Grand Slam at the French Open earlier this month.

"When I have a spike in load it comes up - it's a bone stress injury and I need to look after it, particularly in these first few days. We know how to manage it but it's important to get on top of it straight away."

World number three Karolina Pliskova played her second-round match after a first-round bye and enjoyed a straightforward win, beating Margarita Gasparyan 6-3 6-3.

World number eight Elina Svitolina, also playing in the second round after a first-round bye, was a set and break down to Alize Cornet when play was suspended for the day because of rain.

Julia Gorges, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, has withdrawn through illness, along with world number 12 Anastasija Sevastova, who is out with a right thigh injury.

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The British challenge

After his doubles triumph at Queen's on Sunday, Andy Murray will play at Eastbourne with Brazilian Marcelo Melo - their match will start after 16:00 BST on Tuesday.

British number one Johanna Konta won her first-round match against Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska on Sunday, and will play Greece's Maria Sakkari next.

Meanwhile, British men's number one Kyle Edmund received a bye in the first round and will face either compatriot Cameron Norrie or France's Jeremy Chardy in the second round.

Norrie was 3-0 up against the Frenchman on Monday when play was suspended.

Teenager Paul Jubb, who has a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw and was playing in his first ATP Tour-level event at Eastbourne, lost 6-2 6-3 to world number 42 Taylor Fritz.

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