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2021 Adelaide International: Qualifiers share spotlight as main draw takes the court

DAY 2 of the Adelaide International qualifying round saw the WTA 500 tournament’s main draw begin, with plenty of hotly contested matches on centre court during the first day of the official competition, as Anastasija Sevastova, Wang QiangShelby Rogers and Danielle Collins headed into the Round of 16 with relative ease.

Sevastova was the first to win through to the Round of 16, defeating Caroline Garcia in 81 minutes 6-2 6-4. It was a solid first serve efficiency that saw the Latvian take out the victory, winning 65 per cent of first serve points off a 72.7 per cent clip, controlling the match despite the Frenchwoman fighting back in the second. A game-for-game first set between eighth seed Wang and wildcard Olivia Gadecki – who sits barely within the top 400 at 399th in the world – drew plenty of eyes as the Australian challenged Wang, before the Chinese talent ran away with the second set and eventual victory with her ability to win off her first serve paying dividends with an effectiveness of close to 88 per cent.

On the first and second show courts, it was the underdogs that showcased their form as the likes of Storm Sanders and Liudmila Samsonova reigned supreme and headed into the main draw. Sanders had an excellent outing against American Caty McNally, downing the ninth seed in 75 minute 6-2 6-3. Whilst not as huge a scalp as Sanders’ victory – ranking 292nd in the world to McNally’s 118th – 10th seed and 117th ranked Samsonova got the chocolates over Japanese fifth seed and world number 86 Misaki Doi, 7-6 6-3. Meanwhile, an excellent showing from Latvian Kaja Juvan saw the 20-year-old speed away to an early lead, before 16-year-old top seed Coco Gauff clapped back midway through the second to force a deciding set after a huge come from behind effort, eventually winning 3-6 7-5 6-3 in two hours and 10 minutes.

A mammoth effort from Maddison Inglis saw the Australian join the winners list with an excellent outing against third seed Christina McHale. Whilst the American seemed to have all proceedings going her way early, a stellar comeback across the second and third sets handed Inglis her entry into the main draw and a chance at her maiden WTA Tour win. With a 65.6 per cent win rate on her first serve off a 78 per cent clip, Inglis was far more effective on serve and utilised her service speed to knock off the world number 85, 4-6 6-2 6-1 in just under two hours.

The remaining two Round of 32 encounters saw a fired-up Rogers fly through the first set against Veronika Kudermetova, before the Russian bit back in the second to force a tiebreaker but unable to rein in the American, as Rogers’ compatriot Collins downed Zheng Saisai and Madison Brengle won through to the main draw alongside Italian Jasmine Paolini.

2021 Adelaide International: Day 1 of qualifiers sees Americans and Aussies dominate

THE Adelaide International qualifying rounds have begun, with a flurry of American and Australian competitors taking the court in South Australia and at least one player from each of the two nations playing in each match. They combined for eight of the 12 winners on the day, including top seed youngster Coco Gauff and unseeded wildcard Storm Sanders, who disposed of second seed American Bernarda Pera in three sets.

In an interesting stat, the top four seeds all hailed from the United States, with just Pera falling from that group. Gauff was clinical in her encounter with Great Britain’s Francesca Jones, disposing of the Brit in 64 minutes and joined by Madison BrengleChristina McHale and Caty McNally on the winners list. Also hailing from the United States but falling in the first round was Asia Muhammad, who stole the first set from Italian Jasmine Paolini but eventually fell in the lone two-plus hour encounters of the day, going down to the sixth seed 4-6 6-3 7-6.

Heading to the Australian winners, and it was Maddison InglisAstra Sharma and Ellen Perez who joined Sanders in the second round, with Inglis knocking compatriot Belinda Woolcock out of the running. Destanee AiavaArina RodionovaLizette CabreraIvana Popovic and Kimberly Birrell will all remain on the sidelines on home soil, unlucky to all draw seeds. Sanders and Sharma impressed with their three set victories over Pera and Lesia Tsurenko showing plenty of intent ahead of the second round.

The remaining non American or Australian winners included Liudmila SamsonovaMisaki Doi and Kaja Juvan, as all three competitors claimed straight set wins over homegrown talent.

The qualifiers will continue today with the first round beginning on Tuesday.

WTA 500 wraps: Seeds prevail as top players enter draws while Round of 64 continues

IT was a successful day across the board for the top echelon of international talent at both the Yarra Valley Classic and Gippsland Trophy, with just one seed falling at each of the two competitions. Both competitions played both the Round of 32 and 64 in a huge day of action, with plenty of tough contests around the grounds.

At the Yarra Valley Classic, it was almost a clean sweep from seeds with just Donna Vekic falling to a feisty Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets, 1-6 6-4 6-2. The only remaining Australian in the draw, Daria Gavrilova, was unfortunate to draw Serena Williams in just her second match since her return, and was unable to hold up under pressure from the champion, while Karolina Pliskova disposed of Elisabetta Cocciaretto with ease, as did Danielle Collins with her Serbian opposition, Nina Stojanovic.

The two former world number ones in Williams and Pliskova were unshakeable throughout their contests, hitting 27 and 30 winners respectively. Joining them in the Round of 16 are the likes of Croatian Petra Martic, who was tested by Belarusian Vera Lapko but prevailed, and eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova who defeated Varvara Gracheva in a 6-4 6-0 contest.

In the day’s Round of 16 results, 11th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 14th seed Nadia Podoroska both carved out straight set wins with 6-1 first sets apiece, while Vera Zvonareva battled Kristyna Pliskova in a close-to two hour encounter and Alison van Uytvanck disposed of Suwei Hsieh 6-2 6-0.

YARRA VALLEY CLASSIC ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[3] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) 6-3 6-2
[5] Serena Williams (USA) defeated Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-1 6-4
[7] Petra Martic (CRO) defeated Vera Lapko (BLR) 4-6 6-4 6-2
[8] Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-4 6-0
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) defeated [9] Donna Vekic (CRO) 1-6 6-4 6-2
[13] Danielle Collins (USA) defeated Nina Stojanovic (SRB) 6-2 6-1

YARRA VALLEY CLASSIC ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[11] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-1 6-4
[14] Nadia Podoroska (KAZ) defeated Francesca Jones (GBR) 6-1 6-3
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) defeated Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-4 6-7 6-3
Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) defeated Suwei Hsieh (TPE) 6-2 6-0

At the Gippsland Trophy, things went much the same for the seeds with just Qiang Wang falling at the hands of Italian Jasmine Paolini. The top seeds in Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina joined the draw and were immediately successful, coming away with wins in just over an hour apiece, while Ekaterina Alexandrova and Jelena Ostapenko both reigned supreme in close encounters. Eighth seed Karolina Muchova downed American Caty McNally 6-1 6-1 in just 62 minutes for the shortest match of the day.

The longest match award went to 16-year-old Coco Gauff, though, with the 14th seed playing her Round of 64 match and taken all the way by Jil Teichmann. While Gauff proved she was in it to win it from the very beginning, disposing of Teichmann in the first set 6-3, the Swiss talent came back in the second to steal the win from under Gauff’s nose in the 8-6 tiebreaker. Gauff showcased her tenacity in the third, and while she hit a whopping six  double faults in that set alone, her five aces did the trick to come away with the 6-3 6-7 7-6 victory in two hours and 45 minutes.

Joining Gauff in the Round of 32 are German Laura Siegemund, who defeated Monica Niculescu, while two Australia-France battles waged with Frenchwoman Alize Cornet prevailing over Alja Tomljanovic in one encounter, as Australian Destanee Aiava took out the second over Chloe Paquet.

GIPPSLAND TROPHY ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[1] Simona Halep (ROM) defeated Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 6-4 6-4
[3] Elina Svitolina (UKR) defeated Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-1 6-4
[8] Karolina Muchova (CZE) defeated Caty McNally (USA) 6-1 6-1
[9] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 4-6 6-4 6-2
Jasmine Paolini (ITA) defeated [10] Qiang Wang (CHN) 3-6 7-5 6-4
[13] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) defeated Danka Kovinic (MCE) 6-4 7-5

GIPPSLAND TROPHY ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[14] Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-3 6-7 7-6
[16] Laura Siegemund (GER) defeated Monica Niculescu (ROM) 7-5 6-4
Destanee Aiava (AUS) defeated Chloe Paquet (FRA) 6-1 4-6 6-4
Alize Cornet (FRA) defeated Alja Tomljanovic (AUS) 5-7 6-1 6-3

WTA Teenage Stars – Coco Gauff

AT only 16-years-old, American Coco Gauff has already propelled herself into recognition with her flair, talent and exciting potential out on the court. With one title already under her belt and set to complete her first top 50 season just two years into her professional career, there is no doubt Gauff is a star in the making and the type of player who could make a real mark on the WTA Tour before even hitting age 20. 

Coming from lucky loser status at Linz last year to winning the entire tournament, and coupled with her explosive debut victory over Venus Williams at Wimbledon a few months prior, Gauff carved herself a position in history books as the youngest singles title-holder on the WTA Tour since 2004, and while the Williams victory was not a record-breaker, it signified much more for the teenager who grew up admiring the Williams sisters.

“My goal was to play my best. My dream was to win. That’s what happened,” Gauff said post-match.

The then-15-year-old went on to back up the victory at the 2020 Australian Open, shocking her veteran compatriot a second time before downing reigning champion, Naomi Osaka in straight sets and finding herself in an unprecedented Round of 16 at Melbourne Park. Since then, the young American has continued to propel herself up the rankings with wins against four more top 50 players, including top 20 fixtures Johanna Konta and Aryna Sabalenka

Add in Gauff’s two 2019 doubles titles, both won alongside fellow American teenager Caty McNally, and the youngster has more titles to her name than some players who have been on the WTA Tour circuit for many years. Her current win rate is around the 60 per cent mark showcasing her already impressive skill for such a young age, although could still be higher with further development which is a daunting prospect for the rest of the Tour.

Currently ranked 48th in the world on the singles circuit and 45th in the doubles, the youngster can sometimes be unpredictable and drop matches to much lower ranked opposition. With plenty of potential and room to grow, Gauff will be a key player to watch over the next few years with her development already proving impressive, and plenty more years to prove herself on Tour.

2020 WTA Fantasy Mexican Open: Vandeweghe last North American standing

COCO Vandeweghe is the sole North American left in the Mexican Open after an impressive win against United States compatriot Caty McNally in the Round of 16 today. Vandeweghe was one of four players through to the quarter finals, completing the last eight after an impressive three-set win. The match lasted more than two and a half hours with Vandeweghe rated much higher than her 198th ranking. She won the first set 6-4 with a handy break, but a strong final game in the second set helped McNally level the match at a set apiece. Vandeweghe stepped up when it counted however, winning 6-3 in the final set to claim a 6-4 5-7 6-3 victory.

Joining Vandeweghe in the quarter finals is Brazilian, Beatriz Haddad Maia. The lowest ranked player in the draw got the better of Australian youngster Maddison Inglis in straight sets. After a tough first set tiebreaker, Haddad Maia took control in the second, reeling off the six consecutive games in 29 minutes to win in an hour and a half, 7-6 6-0. In the other quarter final, sixth seed Anna Lena Friedsam made her way into the last eight with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Mexican wildcard, Renata Zarazua. Friedsam was far too strong for her opponent and made her shot selection count with a number of winners on both sides of the court.

Finally, Russian Liudmila Samsonova is into the quarter finals with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 upset of fourth seed Belgian, Greet Minnen. Samsonova started strongly to win the opening set, but found herself a break down early in the second and could not recover with the talented Belgian levelling the match at a set apiece. Samsonova found her groove again in the deciding set, taking it out 6-4 4-6 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes.

The quarter finals begin tomorrow with third seed Shuai Peng and Belarusian, Aliaksandra Sasnovich up first, followed by Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin and Russian, Anna Kalinskaya. In the night session, the four winners from today go at it with Vandeweghe and Haddad Maia facing off followed by Friedsam and Samsonova.

ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated [4] Greet Minnen (BEL) 6-4 4-6 6-3
[6] Anna Lena Friedsam (GER) defeated Renata Zarazua (MEX) 6-2 6-3
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) defeated Caty Mcnally (USA) 6-4 5-7 6-3
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) defeated Maddison Inglis (AUS) 7-6 6-0

2020 WTA Fantasy Mexican Open: Sasnovich books spot in Round of 16 after classic contest

TOURNAMENT favourite and Chinese veteran, Shuai Peng has moved through to the quarter finals following a comprehensive Round of 16 win. Shuai proved too good for Romanian, Monica Niculescu in the final 16, winning 6-1 6-2 in 54 minutes. The 34-year-old was consistent across the court and strong with her counterpunching as she also produced 13 winners, 10 of which came off her forehand in a strong display of speed, skill and work rate. Niculescu had very few answers for her opponent as the Chinese talent advanced, looking to move back into the top 100.

Shuai now takes on Belarusian talent, Aliaksandra Sasnovich who is building a nice career with plenty of years left, following her come-from-behind win over Swiss player, Timea Bacsinszky. Sasnovich won 4-6 6-3 6-2 in two hours and 12 minutes, the clear longest match of the second round. While most other combatants were off court in under 90 minutes, the pair traded blows and it took until a second break late in the deciding set for the Belarusian to advance through to the last eight.

In other results, 23-year-old Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin defeated more experienced German, Mona Barthel in straight sets. Dodin won 6-2 6-4 to pave her way through to the final eight, setting up a huge clash with Russian, Anna Kalinskaya. The 112th ranked Russian defeated Swiss talent, Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes to book a spot in the quarter finals, backing up from her eye-opening first round win.

With two of the quarter finals decided, the remaining two are decided tomorrows with the four other Round of 16 matches to be played. The All-American battle is up first with Coco Vandeweghe and Caty McNally going at it, while Australian Maddison Inglis faces Brazillian, Beatriz Haddad Maia. In the other third round games, fourth seed Greet Minnen takes on Russian Liudmila Samsonova in the match of the day, while sixth seed German Anna Lena Friedsam will hope to overcome Mexican Renata Zarazua who will hold home court advantage.

ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

[3] Shuai Peng (CHN) defeated Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-1 6-2
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) defeated Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 4-6 6-3 6-2
Oceane Dodin (FRA) defeated Mona Barthel (GER) 6-2 6-4
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-4 6-3