Eastbourne: Australian Bernard Tomic has recharged his form on grass, shaking off last week`s hamstring concern to post a 6-3, 6-4 first round win over Briton James Ward at the ATP-WTA Eastbourne International on Tuesday.
The victory came one week after Tomic lost in the opening round at Queen`s Club to German Benjamin Becker while nursing his injury.
That`s all past history now for the 64th-ranked Tomic. "This was an important win, it`s a big relief to get this one," he said. "I`ve been happy with my tennis in training over the last three or four days."
"The hamstring is 100 percent now, If I can get some more wins like this on grass, it will really help my confidence. I think I have a chance to do well again."
Tomic`s controversial father John is on site at the English south coast event. The problem parent faces a court date in Madrid in the autumn over his alleged attack of his son`s former hitting partner last month in a fit of temper.
Tomic said he`s put that incident behind as well. "I don`t think of it any more, I`m able just to concentrate on my tennis, I just hope my hamstring holds upon, I don`t feel it at all now."
Tomic is playing the Wimbledon tuneup for the first time two years after reaching a quarter-final at the All England club.
The top Australian, who captured his first career title at Sydney in January, finally broke a three-match first round losing streak dating to Madrid in May.
Women began completing their opening round at the joint event, with German third seed Angelique Kerber starting with a victory over Romanian Sorona Cirstea 6-4, 6-4.
Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki, the former WTA number one, began her grass campaign with a win as she put out holder Tamira Paszek. The Austrian retired trailing 6-2, 2-2 with the same left thigh injury which last week forced her from Birmingham.
Paszek, who has won just one match since mid-January, reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals at the last two editions.
Taiwan`s Hsieh Su Wei beat Briton Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3 while Lucie Safarova won an all-Czech battle over Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).