Wozniacki, Pliskova ease through at Eastbourne

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Happy memories: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki began the defence of her Eastbourne title brightly (AFP Photo/Glyn KIRK )

Happy memories: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki began the defence of her Eastbourne title brightly

Happy memories: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki began the defence of her Eastbourne title brightly (AFP Photo/Glyn KIRK )

Eastbourne (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki started her grass-court season brightly, while top remaining seed Karolina Pliskova moved into round three at Eastbourne on Monday.

Newly crowned world number one Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Wimbledon tune-up due to an arm injury after her efforts in winning the Birmingham Classic on Sunday.

That means world number three Pliskova is the highest-ranked player in the draw and she became the first player into the last 16 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Russia's Margarita Gasparyan.

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Wozniacki, seeded 11th, was also a comfortable winner in the first round as the Dane dispatched Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-4.

"I love playing here, it brings back great memories for me," said Wozniacki, who also won at Eastbourne in 2009.

"I was here for the first time when I was 14, so that's basically half of my life."

Wozniacki faces German Andrea Petkovic in round two.

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