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WTA Tour wrap: Home hope continues dream run at Bogota as Kvitova and Muguruza fall at Charleston

THE Round of 16 at both Charleston and Bogota are done and dusted, with plenty of intriguing results coming out of both events.

Charleston saw an intriguing day of results as third seed Petra Kvitova fell to Montenegrin Danka Kovinic and Garbine Muguruza retired in her encounter with fellow seed Yulia Putintseva, unfortunately handing over a dominant first game victory and tight second set to the Kazakh.

Kovinic’s 6-4 6-1 victory over Kvitova was completed in just 76 minutes, with her effectiveness on serve the main kicker, winning points off 69.7 per cent of her first serve compared to Kvitova’s 46.7 per cent, and in arguably one of her biggest wins to-date. For Muguruza, it was a lower leg injury and the quick changeover from hard-court to clay which took a toll and forced her retirement mid-match.

“I was already feeling some pain in my first match,” Muguruza said. “The switch of hard courts to clay was tough, and in a very short amount of time. I started very well, and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my leg, and it got worse. I didn’t want to continue without playing my best tennis. It didn’t make sense to me.”

Also successful on Day 6 were 12th and 14th seeds in Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff, both reigning supreme under pressure. Tunisian, Jabeur was forced into the only three-setter of the day when she encountered Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, eventually overcoming a first set deficit to claim the 5-7 6-3 6-3 victory in two hours and 40 minutes – far and away the longest match of the day. Meanwhile, Gauff took on compatriot Lauren Davis and came away with a 6-2 7-6(2) victory to stop Davis in her tracks.

A third American in Sloane Stephens joined the winners circle with a 6-3 6-4 dismissal of Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-3 6-4, however things did not go quite as well to plan for compatriot Caty McNally, who fell to Spaniard Paula Badosa in a similar result. The final matches saw Veronika Kudermetova claim a 71-minute 6-0 6-3 victory over Kurumi Nara, whilst the remaining matchup between world number one Ash Barty and a fifth American in Shelby Rogers saw Barty take out the first set tiebreaker before Rogers took out the second set, with Barty just holding on for the 7-6 4-6 6-4 victory under pressure.

VOLVO CAR OPEN ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

Danka Kovinic (MNE) defeated [3] Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-4 6-1
[11] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated [6] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 0-6 2-2 RET
[12] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Alize Cornet (FRA) 5-7 6-3 6-3
[14] Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Lauren Davis (USA) 6-2 7-6
Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3 6-4
Paula Badosa (ESP) defeated Caty McNally (USA) 6-3 6-3
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) defeated Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-0 6-3

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v. Shelby Rogers (USA)

 

Wildcard Maria Camila Osorio Serrano has continued her dream run on home soil in Bogota, as has qualifier Harmony Tan who reigned supreme in her own Round of 16 encounter. The third winner of the day was fifth seed Slovenian – and only remaining seed – Tamara Zidansek. Zidansek and Osorio Serrano came away with relatively simple victories on the sixth day of proceedings, as the fifth seed disposed of Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 11 minutes. The Colombian teenage hope in Osorio Serrano completed her maiden Top 100 victory by downing seventh seed Czech Tereza Martincova to head to the quarter finals, requiring just over 90 minutes to claim the 6-3 6-3 victory, with a marginally better serving efficiency allowing her to get the job done. Tan continued the straight sets trend as she disposed of fellow qualifier, Chilean Daniela Seguel in the last match of the day, however required a bit more to overcome her opposition in the 6-4 7-6(3) matchup. Whilst Tan hit seven double faults to Seguel’s two, she was far more effective off her first serve and consistently so in comparison.

COPA COLSANITAS ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

[5] Tamara Zidansek (SLO) defeated Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 6-2 6-3
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) defeated [7] Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-3 6-3
Harmony Tan (FRA) defeated Daniela Seguel (CHI) 6-4 7-6

WTA Tour wrap: Barty’s clay court court campaign recommences with 61-minute demolition

ASH Barty continued her red-hot form to completely dismantle unseeded Japanese talent Misaki Doi 6-2 6-1 to advance through to the Round of 16 at the Volvo Car Open. The world number one moved to a 15-2 record on the 2021 WTA Tour, which also stretches out to 27-4 since her first-up match at the 2020 Adelaide International 15 months ago.

She went on to win that Adelaide International, and after sitting out the 2020 WTA Tour season once it returned in the second half of the year, Barty remained world number one and started off 2021 as if she had not ever stopped. Her first tournament of the year she won in Melbourne, defeating Garbine Muguruza in the final, a player who had competed throughout the past 12 months.

A shock loss to Karolina Muchova at the Australian Open, followed by another defeat at the hands of Danielle Collins might have momentarily caused some unwarranted questions towards the world number one and how she would go this year. Like true champions do, Barty answered those critics with a stunning run in Miami to defend her title there and claim the WTA 1000 event. It was not just winning the event that mattered, but it was the quality of opposition she beat.

After drawing a qualifier in the second round – following a first round bye – Barty took out former Top 5 talent Jelena Ostapenko, then proceeded to dismiss Top 10 players and Grand Slam champions alike on the way to the Miami Open title. She moved past Belarusian duo Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka – the former being the runner-up at the 2020 US Open and the latter being the most in-form player entering 2021 – before defeating Elina Svitolina and Bianca Andreescu – albeit the Andreescu win was due to retirement, though Barty was in control – to make it six wins on the trot.

The critics have quietened down for now, but Barty is a player that somehow draws criticism for one bad loss amongst double-figure impressive wins. The world number one will always have extra pressure on them, but Barty answers those questions with class and grace. Her 61-minute rout of Doi was the most impressive of any Round of 16 match at the Volvo Car Open. Keeping in mind it was Barty’s first clay match in almost two years, and the Australian looked at home on the red dirt. The Australian now takes on Shelby Rogers in the next round after she toppled Amanda Anisimova in an upset.

In other results, the next highest seed behind Barty to advance to the Round of 16 was Tunisian Ons Jabeur (12th), with compatriot Coco Gauff, and 15th seed Russian Veronika Kudermetova the others. It was carnage in the top end though, with American duo Sofia Kenin and Madison Keys both bombing out to compatriots Lauren Davis and Sloane Stephens respectively. Spain’s Paula Badosa also took care of Belinda Bencic in three sets, while Frenchwoman Alize Cornet won against Elise Mertens in straight sets. In terms of the unseeded players, Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, United States’ Cate McNally and Japan’s Kurumi Nara all advanced to the next round.

In the lower seeded Copa Colsanitas, all the seeds had a forgettable day, with the first, third, sixth and eighth seeds all knocked out in the Round of 16. Zheng Saisai, Arantxa Rus, Jasmine Paolini and Wang Yafan all departed prior to the quarter finals, as Spanish qualifiers Nuria Parrizas Diaz and Lara Arruabarrena, Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele and Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova all booked their spots in the final eight. In the sole unseeded match, Italian Sara Errani knocked off Aliona Bolsova in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

VOLVO CAR OPEN ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-2 6-1
Lauren Davis (USA) defeated [2] Sofia Kenin (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Paula Badosa (ESP) defeated [5] Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-2 6-7 6-1
Alize Cornet (FRA) defeated [7] Elise Mertens (BEL) 7-5 6-3
Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated [8] Madison Keys (USA) 6-4 6-4
[12] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated [WC] Hailey Baptiste (USA) 6-3 6-3
Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated [13] Amanda Anisimova (USA) 1-6 7-5 6-4
[14] Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) 4-6 6-1 6-4
[15] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) defeated [WC] Emma Navarro (USA) 6-4 6-4
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) defeated Marie Bouzkova (RUS) 4-6 7-5 7-5
Danka Kovinic (MNE) defeated Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Cate McNally (USA) defeated Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 7-6 2-6 6-4
Kurumi Nara (JPN) defeated Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 6-1 6-4

COPA COLSANITAS ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) defeated [1] Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-4 6-1
[Q] Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) defeated [3] Arantxa Rus (NED) 7-6 2-6 6-1
[Q] Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) defeated [6] Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 2-6 6-4 6-2
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) defeated [8] Wang Yafan (CHN) 6-3 6-3
Sara Errani (ITA) defeated Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 6-4 6-4

Picture credit: Volvo Car Open/Chris Smith

WTA Tour wrap: Clay events kick off in Charleston, Bogota

TWO WTA clay events began this week with the WTA 500 Volvo Car Open starting up in Charleston, United States, as the WTA 250 Copa Colsanitas began in Bogota, Colombia. With a host of exciting talent competing, expect a huge week of tennis action across the two tournaments.

It was a rough day for hometown hopefuls on Day 1 of proceedings at Charleston, with just one player – 13th seed Amanda Anisimova – reigning supreme out of seven competitors hailing from the United States, as two Japanese and two Australians headed through to the second round, as did two Kazakh talents with one falling and one still yet to play at time of publish.

Anisimova was one of four seeds who reigned supreme on Day 1, with the 19-year-old reigning supreme over Polish talent Magda Linette in a huge two hour 5-7 6-2 6-3 battle, which was rivalled by a classy finish from 11th seed Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who outlasted Great Britain’s Harriet Dart in two hours and three minutes, 7-6 6-4. The 15th seed Veronika Kudermetova clinched the fastest win of the day in 54 minutes over American Desirae Krawczyk, 6-1 6-2, as Czech 17th seed Marie Bouzkova claimed a 6-2 7-5 victory over Timea Babos.

Zarina Diyas was the second Kazakh victor of the day with a 6-3 6-1 sweep of Natalia Vikhlyantseva, whilst Japan’s Kurumi Nara and Misaki Doi both claimed straight sets victories in near-identical times. The two Australian competitors to reign supreme were Storm Sanders and Alja Tomljanovic, both cleaning up in straight sets battles against respective American opposition, whilst Alize Cornet was forced to fight for her spot in the second round in a whopping two hour and 52-minute matchup with American Bernarda Pera, who did not relent in the 4-6 6-4 6-4 encounter. Meanwhile, Magdalena Frech and Paula Badosa were the remaining winners of the completed Day 1 matches. Caty McNally leads 10th seed Elena Rybakina with one set to nil at time of publish, with the all-American matchup between Lauren Davis and Madison Brengle set to begin after the current match concludes.

VOLVO CAR OPEN ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[11] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated Harriet Dart (GBR) 7-6 6-4
[13] Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeated Magda Linette (POL) 5-7 6-2 6-3
[15] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) defeated Desirae Krawczyk (USA) 6-1 6-2
[17] Marie Bouzkova (CZE) defeated Timea Babos (HUN) 6-2 7-5
Storm Sanders (AUS) defeated Asia Muhammad (USA) 6-2 6-4
Kurumi Nara (JPN) defeated Francesca di Lorenzo (USA) 6-2 6-2
Magdalena Frech (POL) defeated Grace Min (USA) 6-2 6-4
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-3 6-1
Alja Tomljanovic (AUS) defeated Christina McHale (USA) 6-3 6-0
Alize Cornet (FRA) defeated Bernarda Pera (USA) 4-6 6-4 6-4
Misaki Doi (JPN) defeated Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 6-3 6-3
Paula Badosa (ESP) defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 3-6 7-5 6-1

[10] Elina Rybakina (KAZ) v. Caty McNally (USA)
Lauren Davis (USA) v. Madison Brengle (USA)

 

At Bogota, the three seeds of the day all reigned supreme in their first round matches, with sixth seed Jasmine Paolini clocking the quickest victory in just 59 minutes over American Kristie Ahn. Comparatively, eighth seed Wang Yifan was dealt a tough hand from Colombian home hope Emiliana Arango, taken to a two hour and 55-minute matchup which came down to two seventh game sets before the Chinese seed claimed the 6-4 5-7 7-5 victory. Wang’s top seed compatriot Zheng Saisai came away with a reasonably straightforward victory in comparison as she disposed of a second American in Usue Maitane Arconada 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 17 minutes.

The remaining four matches saw two sub-90 minute victories and two matches that went over the two hour mark, as two Spaniards reigned supreme in dastardly different results. Aliona Bolsova was made to fight for her 6-4 3-6 6-1 victory over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in two hours and six minutes whilst compatriot Nuria Parrizas Diaz claimed aa 6-2 6-2 dismissal of fellow Spaniard Cristina Bucsa in one hour and 21 minutes. Meanwhile, Viktoriya Tomova and Stefanie Voegele both won their respective matches to head to the second round.

COPA COLSANITAS ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[1] Zheng Saisai (CHN) defeated Usue Maitane Arconada (USA) 6-3 6-1
[6] Jasmine Paolini (ITA) defeated Kristie Ahn (USA) 6-3 6-0
[8] Wang Yifan (CHN) defeated Emiliana Arango (COL) 6-4 5-7 7-5
Aliona Bolsova (ESP) defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4 3-6 6-1
Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) defeated Cristina Bucsa (ESP) 6-2 6-2
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 6-2 6-3
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) defeated Celia Pacquet (FRA) 3-6 6-1 6-4

2020 WTA Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Straight sets victories dominate day one results

DAY one of the 2020 Roland Garros fantasy tournament saw plenty of strong results in the first quarter of the Round of 128, with all of the day’s seeds dominating in their matches.

The top seeds of this quarter dominated, all completing their matches within or around the one hour mark. Fifth seed Garbine Muguruza and nineteenth seed Elise Mertens came away with the biggest wins of the day, obliterating their respective opposition in Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Anett Kontaveit 6-0 6-0. Kiki Bertens was similarly impressive collecting a 6-1 6-1 victory over Fiona Ferro, while Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic also reigned supreme in quality performances. 

The remaining three seeds in the draw came away with wins, though Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Amanda Anisimova certainly had it far easier than Yulia Putintseva, who was one of four victors taken to three sets for the day by Angelique Kerber, though reigned supreme with the 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory. Anisimova impressed in the first with her ferocity but had to fight back a late charge from Rebecca Peterson to grab the win, while Pavlyuchenkova faced a similar comeback but continued her quality run from the past few weeks to win through to the Round of 64.

The three other three-set winners were Australian veteran Sam Stosur, who defeated fellow qualifier Kurumi Nara, 5-7 6-1 7-5, and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic who fought back from a threatening Danka Kovinic performance to reign supreme in just under two hours, 7-5 0-6 6-1, with both players joining Belarusian Kirsten Flipkens in the next round after she defeated American Kristie Ahn 3-6 7-5 6-4 a couple hours earlier.

In other matches, a couple of quality players joined their respective seeded compatriots in the next round with the Netherlands’ Aranxta Rus and Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova both coming away with solid wins under pressure. Ons Jabeur, Anastasija Sevastova and Katerina Siniakova were the final three to head through, all fighting off quality opposition in their quest for success at the Roland Garros.

Tomorrow’s quarter of the draw will see plenty of quality matchups, namely some top seeds in Elina Svitolina and Serena Williams joining the fray alongside some solid performers on the clay and  others who have warmed up well over the past few tournaments.

ROUND OF 128 RESULTS:

[3] Simona Halep (ROU) defeated Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2 6-1
[5] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) 6-0 6-0
[12] Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-3 6-1
[13] Kiki Bertens (NED) defeated Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6-1 6-1
[19] Elise Mertens (BEL) defeated Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-0 6-0
[23] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated [Q] Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-1 6-4
[26] Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeated Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-2 6-4
[32] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated Angelique Kerber (GER) 6-1 1-6 6-3
Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated [Q] Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4 6-4
Arantxa Rus (NED) defeated Christina McHale (USA) 6-4 7-6
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) defeated [Q] Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) 6-4 6-3
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Oceane Dodin (FRA) 7-5 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) defeated Kristie Ahn (USA) 3-6 7-5 6-4
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) defeated Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 7-5 6-2
[Q] Samantha Stosur (AUS) defeated [Q] Kurumi Nara (JPN) 5-7 6-1 7-5
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) defeated Danka Kovinic (UKR) 7-5 0-6 6-1

2020 WTA Stuttgart and Istanbul fantasy tennis: Seeds too good on day one

IT was a big first day of fantasy competition for both the Tennis Grand Prix and Istanbul Open, with both Round of 32 days hosting a wealth of talent and mostly predictable outcomes, with all seeded players across both competitions heading through to the second round.

At Stuttgart, not one match went to three sets with all six winners consistent against their respective opposition. Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza and eighth seed Dayana Yastremska were both unworried by the talent standing in their way, downing their respective opposition in straight sets. Yastremska proved the young-guns are here to fight,  and was highly clinical in her defeat of grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, downing her in just over an hour, 6-2 6-2. Muguruza was similarly impressive against Anett Kontaveit, with the Spanish champion dominating majority of the match to down the Estonian, 6-2 6-3. 

Two more quality names in Qiang Wang and Sloane Stephens also head through to the Round of 16 after stellar first set performances, relentless against their respective opposition in Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasija Sevastova. While both were challenged in the second set, both overcame their troubles though Qiang almost allowed her veteran opposition in Kuznetsova a look in, only winning the second set tiebreaker to head through relatively unscathed.

Taiwan qualifier Su Wei Hsieh downed wildcard Tatjana Maria 6-2 6-1 while fellow wildcard Anna Lena Friedsam had a tougher time against British opposition, Heather Watson.

Istanbul saw relatively similar results on day one, with three seeds winning their way through to the second round. Elena Rybakina came in strong against Caroline Garcia, running home victor 6-2 6-3 in what was a relatively easy win to the 20-year-old Kazakh. Fellow top three seed Petra Martic had a tougher time against her Swiss opposition in Jil Teichmann, dropping the first set after Teichmann well and truly put the accelerator on to pile on the points. But a second set tiebreaker saw martic regain the upper hand, eventually running out strong with the 2-6 7-6 6-2 victory. 

Sixth seed Amanda Anisimova was among four Americans to compete on day one but was only joined by wildcard Coco Vandeweghe in the Round of 16, knocking out compatriots Ann Li and Jessica Pegula in the process. Li struggled against 18-year-old Anisimova, unable to compete with the up-and-comer, going down in straight sets 6-0 6-3. Vandeweghe had a tougher time against Pegula, challenged all the way but eventually running out victor in over two hours of play, 4-6 6-3 7-6.

The next match saw a talented young-gun matchup, with 18-year-old Pole, Iga Swiatek taking on 17-year-old Canadian, Leylah Fernandez. Swiatek was just too strong, running out in a relatively easy victory 6-1 6-1 thanks to her constant pressing attack but the young wildcard Fernandez stuck to her guns and this match just goes to show how much young talent is on the rise. Australian Astra Sharma just could not compete with her Russian opposition in Liudmila Samsonova, going down in straight sets 6-4 6-3.

In other games, fellow wildcard Mihaela Buzarnescu defeated Japanese qualifier, Kurumi Nara, holding her ground despite dropping the second set and winning 6-1 5-7 6-3, while Veeronika Kudermetova held her ground for much of her match against Carla Suarrez Navarro but eventually was run down by the Spanish talent, who won 7-6 5-7 6-3.

Tomorrow will see some intriguing matchups across both fantasy competitions with first seed and surprise entrant Serena Williams taking the court at Istanbul, while seventh seed Petra Kvitova will look to go back-to-back at Stuttgart.

STUTTGART ROUND OF 32 RESULTS: 

[6] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-2 6-3
[8] Dayana Yastremska (UKR) defeated Angelique Kerber (GER) 6-2 6-2
Qiang Wang (CHN) defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-2 7-6
Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-1 6-4
[Q] Su Wei Hsieh (TAI) defeated [WC] Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-2 6-1
[WC] Anna Lena Friedsam (GER) Heather Watson (GBR) 6-4 6-4

ISTANBUL ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[2] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) defeated Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-4 6-3
[3] Petra Martic (CRO) defeated Jil Teichmann (SUI) 2-6 7-6 6-2
[6] Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeated Ann Li (USA) 6-0 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) defeated Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 7-6 5-7 6-3
[WC] Mihaela Buzarnescu (TUR) defeated [Q] Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-1 3-6 6-4
Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated [WC] Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 6-1 6-1
[WC] Coco Vandeweghe (USA) defeated Jessica Pegula (USA) 4-6 6-3 7-6
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated Astra Sharma (AUS) 6-4 6-3

Fed Cup qualifiers wrap: Eight nations book spot in Finals

SIX of the eight seeded nations have booked a spot in the Fed Cup finals following the round’s qualifying action over the weekend. Plenty of top 20 WTA Tour players were running around the courts across the world in a number of tight contests. Fourth seed Germany was the only side to sweep the opponent with a massive 4-0 win over Brazil, while all the seeds got up with the exception of understrength Romania and Great Britain who lost to Russia and Slovakia respectively. The other winners were the United States, Belarus, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium, all of whom join last year’s finalists, France and Australia, the top ranked nation Czech Republic, and the home nation Hungary at the new-style Finals in April.

[1] USA (3) defeated Latvia (2)

Despite an almost unbelievable fightback from the Latvian visitors, the number one seeds, United States advanced through to the finals with a 3-2 victory in Washington. Not many expected Latvia to put up too much of a fight despite a couple of improved players in Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova, with both succumbing to Grand Slam winners, Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin on Day 1. But out of nowhere in the opposite singles, the Latvian pair turned it around winning the reverse singles both in three sets with the nation’s number one player, Ostapenko defeating Kenin, and then Sevastova stunning 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams in the tightest of matches so far. The result led to a live doubles match, but the familiar pairing of Kenin and Bethany Mattek-Sands ensured the home crowd left happy as the United States booked its spot in the finals.

Sofia Kenin (USA) defeated Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-2 6-2
Serena Williams (USA) defeated Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 7-6 7-6
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) defeated Sofia Kenin (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-2
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) defeated Serena Williams (USA) 7-6 3-6 7-6
S. Kenin / B. Mattek-Sands (USA) defeated J. Ostapenko / A. Sevastova 6-4 6-0

Netherlands (2) defeated by [2] Belarus (3)

Despite Kiki Bertens‘ best efforts, Netherlands was unable to upset Belarus in the two nations tie. Held in Netherlands, Bertens won both her matches against fellow top 15 player, Aryna Sabalenka, and the plucky improving Aliaksandra Sasnovich, but both players took down Arantxa Rus in their respective singles. The pair then combined in the doubles to defeat Bertens and Demi Schuurs, but not without an almighty fight, as the finals spot came down to an epic tiebreaker. In the end, Sabalenka and Sasnovich got up 10-8 in the third set tiebreaker over Bertens and Schuurs, winning 4-6 6-3 7-6 in a thrilling finish to a terrific couple of days.

Kiki Bertens (NED) defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-7 6-2 6-1
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-2 6-3
Kiki Bertens (NED) defeated Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6-4 6-4
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 0-6 7-5 6-2
A. Sabalenka / A. Sasnovich (BLR) defeated K. Bertens / D. Schuurs (NED) 4-6 6-3 7-6

[3] Romania (2) defeated by Russia (3)

World number 38, Veronika Kudermetova will owe her teammates after the 22-year-old had a weekend to forget against an understrength Romanian side. Playing her first singles match in the competition since 2014, the top 50 player lost to both world number 90 Ana Bogdan, and more shockingly, world number 197 Jacqueline Adina Cristian. Luckily for Kudermetova, her teammate and in-form Russian top 30 player Ekaterina Alexandrova stepped up, winning against Elena Gabriela Ruse and Bogdan, before recently 21-year-olds Anna Blinkova and Anna Kalinskaya booked a spot in the finals with a straight sets doubles win over Cristian and Ruse.

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated Elena Gabriela Ruse (ROU) 6-1 6-4
Ana Bogdan (ROU) defeated Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 6-3 6-7 6-1
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated Ana Bogdan (ROU) 7-5 3-6 7-5
Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) defeated Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 7-5 6-3
A. Blinkova / A. Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated J. Cristian / E. Ruse 6-3 6-2

Brazil (0) defeated by [4] Germany (4)

Home court advantage did little for Brazil to cause an upset against Germany who did not even bother to play its best side in the qualifying tie. The South American nation was the lowest ranked side of any that competed in the qualifiers, and neither Teliana Pereira or Gabriela Ce – both ranked outside the top 200 could compete against top 100 players, Laura Siegemund and Tatjana Maria. With the tie wrapped up quickly at 3-0, the Pereira-Maria singles did not go ahead, and instead the tie went straight to the doubles, where Anna-Lena Friedsam and Antonia Lottner finished off the tie with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani.

Laura Siegemund (GER) defeated Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-3 6-3
Tatjana Maria (GER) defeated Gabriela Ce (BRA) 6-3 7-6
Laura Siegmund (GER) defeated Gabriela Ce (BRA) 6-1 6-2
A. Friedsam / A. Lottner (GER) defeated L. Pigossi / L. Stefani (BRA) 6-1 6-4

[5] Spain (3) defeated Japan (1)

A stunning performance from Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo set the tone for the home nation’s win over Japan. Sorribes Tormo took down top 10 star and Grand Slam winner, Naomi Osaka 6-0 6-3 in a performance for the ages in front of home fans, before Carla Suarez Navarro doubled down on the performance with a 6-3 6-4 triumph over top 100 player, Misaki Doi. Opting not to play Osaka in the second match, Japan threw in 137th ranked Kurumi Nara who also suffered defeat at the hands of Suarez Navarro and hand Spain the tie victory. It meant Sorribes Tormo and Doi’s match did not need to be played, instead skipping straight to the doubles, where top 30 pairing, Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama got Japan a consolation match with a 6-2 6-3 win overly Lara Arruabarrena and lowly ranked Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov.

Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) defeated Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6-0 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) defeated Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-3 6-4
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) defeated Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-1 6-3
S. Aoyama / E. Shibahara (JPN) defeated L. Arrubarrena / A. Bolsova Zadoinov (ESP) 6-2 6-3

[6] Switzerland (3) defeated Canada (1)

Switzerland has triumphed over visitors, Canada with the latter nation opting not to use its top star, Bianca Andreescu who was returning from injury. Initially picked to ease her back in via the doubles, the final rubber was not required after the home nation picked up the win 3-1. It did not come without an upset however, as teenager, Leylah Annie Fernandez stunned world number five, Belinda Bencic in straight sets. The 17-year-old is ranked 185th in the world, but she did not look out of place on the world stage, going close to Jil Teichmann in the first match, before upsetting Bencic to keep the tie alive. Unfortunately due to the unavailability of both Andreescu and former top 10 player, Eugenie Bouchard, Canada relied upon specialist doubles player (ranked seventh in doubles but 448th in singles) Gabriela Dabrowski to win a match, but was not surprisingly bowled over in both her singles against Bencic and Teichmann. The tie showed that Fernandez – who does not turn 18 until September – could be one to watch in the future.

Jil Teichmann (SUI) defeated Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN) 7-6 6-4
Belinda Bencic (SUI) defeated Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 6-1 6-2
Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN) defeated Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-2 7-6
Jil Teichmann (SUI) defeated Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 6-3 6-4

[7] Belgium (3) defeated Kazakhstan (1)

Missing their top ranked young star in Elena Rybakina, Kazkhstan was unable to defeat Belgium on the road, going down to an Elise Mertens-inspired effort. Mertens defeated Zarina Diyas from a set down 1-6 6-2 6-1, before Yulia Putintseva came from behind to knock over Belgium’s Ysaline Bonaventure in three sets, 3-6 7-6 6-2. On the second day, Mertens and the inclusion of Kirsten Flipkens – who replaced Bonaventure – needed just two sets to down Putintseva and Diyas respectively to move through to the next round. With the tie all wrapped up, the doubles was not required as Flipkens and Greet Minnen were heavy favourites against Anna Danilina and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Elise Mertens (BEL) defeated Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 1-6 6-2 6-1
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) 3-6 7-6 6-2
Elise Mertens (BEL) defeated Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-1 7-6
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) defeated Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-3 6-4

Slovakia (3) defeated [8] Great Britain (1)

Slovakia has taken full advantage of an understrength Great Britain outfit, and a home court to defeat the eighth seeds in fairly comfortable fashion 3-1. Slovakia’s top ranked singles player is Viktoria Kuzmova, who defeated Harriet Dart in three sets on Day 1, following on from Anna Karolina Schmiedlova‘s triumph over top ranked Brit, Heather Watson in straight sets. The former top 30 player has had injury and form concerns over the years, and is now ranked outside the top 100. But she was on song over the weekend, collecting two wins including Watson and Dart without too much trouble. Watson did knock over the lowly ranked Rebecca Sramkova, who was subbed in for Kuzmova after the 21-year-old was rested in case she was required for doubles. That was never needed with Slovakia securing the win in just four matches. The storyline could have been different had the visitors had top 15 player, Johanna Konta, but instead they bow out with Slovakia being the ultimate underdogs at the Fed Cup finals.

Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) defeated Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2 6-3
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) defeated Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-7 6-3 7-5
Heather Watson (GBR) defeated Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) 6-0 7-5
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) defeated Harriet Dart (GBR) 7-5 6-3

2020 Fed Cup qualifiers preview: Nations load up on star talent

MUCH like the Davis Cup last year, the Fed Cup in 2020 has undergone a revamp with a World Cup-style tournament planned for Budapest in April. In it, 12 nations will compete for the title, with last year’s grand finalists, France and Australia automatically qualifying, as well as host nation Hungary, and wildcard Czech Republic (highest ranked nation not from last year’s finalists). Those four teams will be joined by eight other nations which will be decided by the qualifiers taking place next weekend.

[1] USA vs. Latvia

USA: Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Coco Gauff, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Latvia: Anastasija Sevastova, Jelena Ostapenko, Diana Marcinkevica, Daniela Vismane

A full-strength American outfit will not show any mercy on its Latvian opponents in the Fed Cup qualifiers, with the unfortunate visitors running into the number one seed. The United States lost to Australia last year, but were without both Williams and Riske who have nominated to play, while Gauff could unbelievably make her Fed Cup debut before her 16th birthday. The 12th placed Latvians are not out of place at this level, with two top 50 players who will contest the singles and not make it easy for the home side. Last year they lost to Germany before sweeping Slovakia, but have struggled given they realistically have the four players to pick compared to United States’ smorgasbord of talent. Unfortunately for Sevastova and Ostapenko, a sweep is in the works in this event, with Williams and Kenin likely to take the singles, though Riske and Gauff both impressed at the Australian Open, so expect Gauff if any to pick up a singles if it is a dead rubber by Day 2. Ostapenko will play all three as the only star doubles player – unless Latvia somehow go 2-0 up – while Mattek-Sands will potentially team up with Riske in the doubles. It is an embarrassment of riches for the home team and expect them to potentially win 5-0 in this head-to-head.

Netherlands vs. [2] Belarus

Netherlands: Kiki Bertens, Arantxa Rus, Lesley Kerkhove, Indy De Vroome, Demi Schuurs
Belarus: Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Olga Govortsova, Lidziya Marozava

Netherlands had a 2019 to forget, swept by both Japan and Canada, and the Dutch will want to put in a much better effort here. The 19th ranked nation is perilously close to dropping out of the World Group, but at least have Bertens back for this year. Belarus swept Germany in 2019, before falling to a strong Australian side, 3-2. All eyes will be on the clash between Bertens and Sabalenka – expected to be Day 2 – which could potentially decide the clash. For Netherlands to win, they will need Bertens to win both singles, with the second option being the 93rd ranked Rus, who will struggle against Sabalenka and veteran Grand Slam winner, Azarenka. Azarenka and Sabalenka might monopolise the two days as the top two singles and doubles players, though expect Sasnovich – who is in good form herself – to potentially get a role. Schuurs is ranked 14th overall in doubles and will team with Kerkhove or potentially Bertens depending on fitness, though if they do go 2-0 up, one of De Vroome or Kerkhove would be expected to take that spot as the fresh player. This match should go the way of Belarus, but it will be close if Bertens is on song, so expect a 3-2 result to the visiting side and number two seeds, though it could be 4-1 if Sabalenka fulfils the promise she has shown at times.

[3] Romania vs. Russia

Romania: Ana Bogdan, Irina Maria Bara, Elena Gabriela Ruse, Jaqueline Adina Cristian, Raluca Olaru
Russia: Ekaterina Alexandrova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Veronika Kudermetova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Kalinskaya

Romania stunned top seeds Czech Republic last year with an upset win in the first round of the competition, before going down to France 2-3 in the semi-finals. Unfortunately for the Romanians, the team that won through to a semi-final is completely different to the one that will host the strongest Russian side in a number of years. Russia had a remarkable run last year, winning through from Ground 1 to the World Group after sweeping Italy 4-0 – its third sweep of last year. Simona Halep has chosen to withdraw from the tie citing the upcoming 2020 Olympics as her main focus away from the individual events, which means the Romanians have to rely on 98th ranked Bogdan and 160th ranked Bara to get through the singles. Their doubles combination is also completely different with Bara potentially playing with Olaru in the doubles, allowing Ruse to take over the singles. It is hard not to see Russia completely sweeping Romania in this clash, with four top 60 players, including top 30 singles players Alexandrova and Pavlyuchenkova. They should win all four singles, though with it done and dusted after three, expected either Kudermetova or more likely Kalinsaka to get a gig on the second day, with the pair also potentially playing the doubles tie. Russia 5-0 is one of the more comfortable assumptions in this qualifying round.

Brazil vs. [4] Germany

Brazil: Gabriela Ce, Telina Pereira, Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves, Laura Pigossi, Luisa Stefani
Germany: Laura Siegemund, Tatjana Maria, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Antonia Lottner

Without a top 50 player on show, the Brazil-Germany clash is not one of the more intriguing clashes, with Germany’s Siegemund ranked 72nd in the world and heading into the tie as the top ranked player. She and 87th Maria should make light work of Ce and Pereira who are both ranked outside the top 200. Stefani is ranked in the top 70 for doubles and might lead the home nation to a match win in the final rubber, though Friesam is ranked in the top 50 and will give up stiff competition. The South American nation made the qualifiers after winning through Group 1, but falling to Slovakia meant it was not an automatic selection. Germany will miss a number of key players from last season with Julia Goerges the top ranked player opting not to play, along with Mona Barthel and Andrea Pekovic who were other winning singles players. Instead the fourth and fifth choices will lead the charge, though it should not be a problem, earning the spot in the World Group after a 3-1 win over Latvia in the playoffs last year. Germany to win 4-1 at least in this tie.

[5] Spain vs. Japan

Spain: Carla Suarez Navarro, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, Lara Arruabarrena, Georgina Garcia-Perez
Japan: Naomi Osaka, Misaki Doi, Kurumi Nara, Ena Shibahara, Shuko Aoyama

Spain has been a nation down on its past which saw it net five Fed Cup titles in the 90s, but returns to the World Group after back-to-back wins over Japan and Belgium last year. Ironically now Spain must do it all against Japan, except now the Japanese have a fairly handy inclusion in world number four, Osaka. Against a retiring Suarez Navarro in her final Fed Cup, and a top 100 improving Sorribes Tormo, Osaka should have no troubles in her two singles, though Spain could triumph in the others against Doi. Japan has a strong doubles pairing of Shibahara and Aoyama which could prove important, while Arruabarrena and Garcia-Perez are expected to front up for the doubles for Spain. The home court advantage could prove advantageous, especially given Osaka’s strength on hard court, though Japan should turn the tables on their European opponents and win 3-2 in a close one.

[6] Switzerland vs. Canada

Switzerland: Belinda Bencic, Jil Teichmann, Viktorija Golubic, Stefanie Voegele, Timea Bacsinszky
Canada: Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Annie Fernandez, Eugenie Bouchard, Gabriela Dabrowski

Switzerland come into this clash having rolled Italy last year in World Group 2 before going down to top seeds, United States in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the North American nation, Canada ran into top seeds Czech Republic last year and was swept 4-0. Having not played since last year, Andreescu will try and carry the hopes of Canada on her shoulders with an upset win over Switzerland. The world number six is still only 19-years-old and her clash with 22-year-old Bencic should be a must-watch match. Bencic has had an up-and-down year already in 2020, but having at least had runs on the board, she should have the advantage and lead her side in the singles. Teichmann is a developing talent who should have no troubles against the Canadian second singles player, while Bouchard is a better player than here 212th ranking gives her a fighting chance to cause an upset. Dabrowski is ranked eighth in the doubles, and could give Canada the edge if Andreescu can win both her singles, though chances are it will go the way of the home team sixth seeds, with Switzerland winning 3-2.

[7] Belgium vs. Kazakhstan

Belgium: Elise Mertens, Kirsten Flipkens, Ysaline Bonaventure, Greet Minnen
Kazakhstan: Yulia Putintseva, Zarina Diyas, Anna Danilina, Yaroslava Shvedova

Seventh seed Belgium will head into its home clash against Kazakhstan as warm favourites given top player, Mertens has nominated to play, while 20-year-old young gun, Elena Rybakina will not take the court for the visitors. Belgium faced a tough draw last year, losing to Spain and then France. For Kazakhstan, they moved through Group 1 with three consecutive wins including one over China, before falling to Great Britain 3-1 in the World Group playoff. In this clash expect Mertens to triumph in both her singles to give Belgium the edge, though both Putintseva and the in-form Diyas will start favourite against Flipkens in the second singles. Belgium could well team-up Mertens and Flipkens in the doubles or opt for 22-year-old Minnen. They are likely to claim the win there and lead Belgium to at least a 3-2 victory, if not 4-1.

Slovakia vs. [8] Great Britain

Slovakia: Viktoria Kuzmova, Jana Cepelova, Rebecca Sramkova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Great Britain: Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Naiktha Bains, Katie Swan, Emma Raducanu

An understrength Great Britain will travel to Slovakia with a much greater challenge on its hands than first thought. Its two preferred singles players, Johanna Konta (resting) and Katie Boulder (injured) will not take part, leaving Watson and Dart as the preferred options. Last year Great Britain earned a spot in the World Group courtesy of five consecutive wins, defeating Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Kazakhstan, dropping just one singles match as Konta and Boulter combined for an 11-1 record in 2019. Dart and Swan was the preferred doubles combination, while the 17-year-old Raducanu has also earned a call-up to the squad along with 22-year-old Bains. With four of the five players 23-years-old or younger, it is certainly a changing of the guard for the British side. Slovakia on the other had have just two in that age bracket, led by top 100 player, Kuzmova. Cepelova will likely play the second singles, with Kuzmova teaming up with Schmiedlova or Sramkova in the doubles. Despite having the key outs, Great Britain would still fancy its chances and could well get up 3-2, though this is likely the closest match of all and Slovakia could surprise the eighth seeds.

Australian Open: Qualifying Round 1 – Novak advances to Round 2 as rain interrupts Open

AFTER smoke filled Australian Open discussion on Day 1 and into Day 2, it was the heavy rain that, while well received across the state, caused the Grand Slam qualifying to grind to a halt. Just 16 matches were completed across Day 2 of qualifying, with 48 matches either suspended or yet to commence. It meant organisers will need to reshuffle the order of play to get the Round 1 matches completed, with the opening round of the Grand Slam starting Monday.

Just 10 matches were completed in the men’s draw, with a further five matches suspended and the remaining 17 unable to start due to the weather. Of those that did play, number one seed Dennis Novak got off to a perfect start, downing German Dustin Brown in straight sets, 6-3 6-2. Third seed Canadian Brayden Schnur also moved through to the next round with a come from behind 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Austria’s Sebastian Ofner. Also through to Round 2 was 23rd seed, Canadian Steven Diez who had no troubles against Barbados’ Darian King, 6-2 6-2. The only Australian out on court, Akira Santillan was bundled out in straight sets by Frenchman, Quentin Halys. In other results, Belgian Kimmer Copperjans and Japan’s Hiroki Moriya both advanced through to the second round.

Men’s:

[1] D. Novak (AUT) defeated D. Brown (GER) 6-3 6-2
[3] B. Schnur (CAN) defeated S. Ofner (AUT) 2-6 6-3 6-4
[23] S. Diez (CAN) defeated D. King (BAR) 6-2 6-2
H. Moriya (JPN) defeated N. Rubin (USA) 7-6 7-5
T. Griekspor (NED) defeated G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-3 6-2
K. Copperjans (BEL) defeated F. Gaio (ITA) 7-6 6-0
C. Eubanks (USA) defeated T. Kwiatkowski (USA) 6-3 7-6
E. Escobedo (USA) defeated M. Krueger (USA) 2-6 7-6 7-6
Q. Halys (FRA) defeated [WC] A. Santillan (AUS) 6-3 7-6
D. Lee (KOR) defeated [32] A. GianNessi (ITA) 2-6 7-5 7-6

SUPENDED/DNP:

R. Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) vs. F. Horansky (SVK) 6-4 1-3 SUS
[2] H. Laaksonen (SUI) vs. [WC] R. Hijikata (AUS) 6-6 SUS
T. Wu (TAI) vs. M.Copil (ROU)
[WC] L. Musetti (ITA) vs. [20] A. Weintraub (ISR)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs. [22] B. Klahn (USA) 6-4 4-1 SUS
[4] E. Ruusuvuori (FIN) vs. F. Mena (ARG)
S. Darcis (BEL) vs. E. Benchetrit (FRA) 4-2 SUS
E. Couacaud (FRA) vs. D. Petovic (SRB)
D. Popko (KAZ) vs. [25] Z. Zhang (CHN)
[5] A. Martin (SVK) vs. A. Vatutin (RUS)
M. Vorgue (FRA) vs. O. Otte (GER)
M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) vs. N. Mahut (FRA)
S. Napolitano (ITA) vs. [24] F. Bagnis (ARG)
[6] E. Donskoy (RUS) vs. J. Menezes (BRA)
E. Gomez (ECU) vs. E. Ymer (SWE)
P. Polansky (CAN) vs. A. Muller (FRA)
M. Safawat (IRQ) vs. [2] S. Nagal (IND)
[8] T. Daniel (JPN) vs. N. Milojevic (SRB) 5-5 SUS
[9] G. Soeda (JPN) vs. M. Trungelliti (ARG)
Z. Kolar (CZE) vs. J. Wolf (USA)
L. Giustino (ITA) vs. Y. Bai (CHN)
M. Marterer (GER) vs. [18] Y. Maden (GER)

The women’s draw had even more hiccups in terms of less completed matches due to delays. Just six of a possible 32 players were able to book a spot in the second round of qualifying, with a further six matches started but suspended, and the remaining 20 yet to commence. Of the ones that were completed, the three seeds advanced through to the second round with 27th seed, Kurumi Nara winning 6-4 3-0 when Jana Cepelova retired from the clash. She will play United States’ Danielle Lao in the second round after the American won 6-2 7-6 over Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Fellow American and 28th seed, Allie Kiick moved through to the next round courtesy of a 7-5 6-3 victory over Hungarian Reka Luca Jani, while her next opponent, China’s Wang Xinyu had to survive a massive three-set battle against United States’ Irina Falconi, 3-6 6-2 7-6 with a 10-8 tiebreaker in the decider. In the only other two matches completed, 32nd seed Austrian Barbara Haas defeated Slovakian, Kristina Kucova 2-6 6-4 6-4, and now faces Dutchwoman, Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove following the Netherlands player winning 6-1 7-6 over Spaniard Eva Guerrero Alvarez, 6-1 7-6.

Women’s:

[27] K. Nara (JPN) defeated J. Cepelova (SVK) 6-4 3-0 RET
[28] A. Kiick (USA) defeated R. Jani (HUN) 7-5 6-3
[32] B. Haas (AUT) defeated K. Kucova (SVK) 2-6 6-4 6-4
X. Wang (CHN) defeated I. Falconi (USA) 3-6 6-2 7-6
D. Lao (USA) defeated V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 6-2 7-6
L. Pattinama Kerkhove (NED) defeated E. Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) 6-1 7-6

SUSPENDED/DNP:

[2] N. Hibino (JPN) vs. E. Liang (TAI)
S. Murray Sharan (GBR) vs. Y. Yuan (CHN)
I. De Vroome (NED) vs. L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
Y. Naito (JPN) vs. [26] A. Friedsam (GER)
[3] V. Gracheva (RUS) vs. C. Pacquet (FRA) 6-2 SUS
O. Danilovic (SRB) vs. J. Jovic (SRB)
J. Larsson (SWE) vs. U. Radwanska (POL)
J. Ponchet (FRA) vs. [29] M. Minella (NED)
[4] K. Zavatska (UKR) vs. S. Ma (CHN)
G. Ce (BRA) vs. S. Vickery (USA)
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs. B. Eraydin (TUR)
A. Bondar (HUN) vs. [19] B. Krejcikova (CZE) 2-2 SUS
[5] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) vs. S. Errani (ITA)
I. Bara (ROU) vs. L. Paar (ROU)
[6] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) vs. M. Kostyuk (UKR)
M. Chwalinska (POL) vs. I. Shinikova (BLR)
[WC] S. Sanders (AUS) vs. R. Anderson (USA)
E. Gorgodze (GEO) vs. [18] K. Juvan (SLO)
[7] P. Tig (ROU) vs. L. Fernandez (CAN) 2-6 1-4 SUS
M. Frech (POL) vs. M. Hibi (JPN) 2-6 6-4 1-0 SUS
[10] C. McNally (USA) vs. A. Muhammad (USA)
D. Lopatetska (UKR) vs. C. Perrin (SUI)
[WC] O. Rogowska (AUS) vs. N. Parrizas Diaz (ESP)
E. Ruse (ROU) vs. [22] U. Arconada (USA)
[13] G. Minnen (BEL) vs. K. McPhee (AUS) 6-3 2-6 2-1 SUS
F. Xun (CHN) vs. [WC] J. Fourlis (AUS) 6-7 6-3 SUS