Bloomfield on the rise
RICHARD Bloomfield has set his sights on making a name for himself on the grass courts this year after an impressive rise through the rankings in 2012.
The 29-year-old is in Nottingham for the AEGON Challenge and has designs on reaching the main draw after impressing in the first two rounds of qualifying.
Bloomfield's hopes of a first round place rest in the balance after the rain returned to the Nottingham Tennis Centre yesterday, forcing play to be held up.
The British number seven has risen through the ranks to world number 388 this year – a leap of almost 100 places since the start of 2012 – and is confident his run can continue on the grass.
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"Last year I got through qualifiers here, so the plan has been to do that again and go into the main draw," said Bloomfield. "I was coming back from injury last year so these were my first matches.
"This time I feel better prepared and have played a few matches already this year which have got me ready for the grass.
"I am excited for the summer season. I feel like I am playing better tennis than last year."
One man who will be lining up in the first round will be Belarusian Alexander Bury, who defeated Italian counterpart Riccardo Ghedin.
Bury lost the first set 6-1 but fought back after a rain delay to register the 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
He said: "The wind was affecting my serve and I couldn't get it quite right. But I worked hard and managed to pull it back to win the match.
"I'm hoping that when it comes around to the first round, I'll be able to play a lot better."
Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay, top seed in the women's qualifying draw, is through to the main draw courtesy of a comprehensive 6-3, 6-3 win over Australian Sally Peers.
She is joined by Russian Marta Sirotkina – a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victor over France's Audrey Bergot to book her place in the main draw, which kicks off in earnest this afternoon.
The Nottingham Festival of Tennis starts with the AEGON Trophy and the AEGON Nottingham Challenge at the Nottingham Tennis Centre from June 2-June 17 2012 and entry to both tournaments is free.