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WTA Tour wrap: Jabeur makes history as Samsonova makes breakthrough

TWO huge results came to fruition overnight, as qualifier Liudmila Samsonova went all the way, claiming the Bett1Open WTA 500 title in Berlin, whilst Ons Jabeur made history at the WTA 250 Viking Classic Birmingham, becoming the first Arab woman to win a WTA title.

For Jabeur, it was about “going for it” as much as making her third tour-level single final, overcoming Russian Daria Kasatkina 7-5 6-4. This is the second time the two have gone head-to-head in a final, with the first going the way of Kasatkina, as did their third clash at the 2016 Olympics.

“I knew I had to go for it, I had to win this title to at least breathe, and give an example,” Jabeur said on court. “There’s not a lot of Tunisian or Arabic players playing, so I hope this could inspire them, and I want to see more Arabic [players] and Tunisians playing with me on tour.”

“Last time we played was in Moscow, she won, and I was crying, it was a great battle,” Jabeur said. “I told her, ‘Can you please share some titles with me, at least, let me win my first WTA?'”

Jabeur won 74 per cent of her first serve points off just a 46.3 per cent clip, but made it work by utilising her second serve and converting five break point opportunities, as well as saving four of Kasatkina’s seven attempts.

“You know Dasha, you have to win every point you have,” Jabeur said. “I knew it was going to be difficult, but then when I lost my serve again, I just thought I’d continue focusing on breaking her again, just playing my game.”

In Berlin, Samsonova completed a huge week of upsets after coming through the qualifying stages to execute her 1-6 6-1 6-3 victory over fifth seed Belinda Bencic in on hour and 37 minutes. Whilst the Russian was shaky in the opening set, she fired up to reverse the 6-1 result in the second and maintained momentum throughout the remainder of the clash.

“It’s unbelievable,” Samsonova said post-match. “I didn’t expect it. I [did] dream it, but it’s amazing.”

Samsonova hit 28 winners for 15 unforced errors, with her 14 aces for six double faults playing a big role in her service game dominance. She won 80 per cent of her first serve points and backed up with a 51.6 per cent second serve winning rate, whilst also saving five of seven break points and converting four of eight attempts.

“I was so, so nervous today, even before the match, during the first set,” Samsonova said. “I said ‘Okay, let’s try to put more aggressive game.’ And it worked.”

“I was trying to continue to do my game, to try to be aggressive on the first shot, on my serve, on the return, and that was my focus,” Samsonova said.

Meanwhile in Germany, the Bad Homburg WTA 250 event began with seven matches playing out on the opening day, with fifth seed Nadia Podoroska cleaning up her opposition as sixth seed Sorana Cirstea was dealt the first upset by home hopefuly Andrea Petkovic. Amanda Anisimova executed a 50-minute victory as Misaki Doi followed suit in 58 minutes, whilst German Tamara Korpatsch claimed the lone three-setter of the day, a huge two hour and three minute victory over Rebecca Peterson, while in other games, Patricia Maria Tig and Katerina Siniakova both earned first round wins.

BETT1OPEN FINAL RESULT:

Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated [5] Belinda Bencic (SUI) 1-6 6-1 6-3

VIKING CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM FINAL RESULT:

[2] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 7-5 6-4

BAD HOMBURG ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[5] Nadia Podoroska (ARG) defeated Mara Guth (GER) 6-0 6-3
Andrea Petkovic (GER) defeated [6] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-3 6-4
Misaki Doi (JPN) defeated Anna Danilina (KAZ) 6-2 6-2
Tamara Korpatsch (GER) defeated Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 7-5 2-6 7-6
Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeated Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-2 6-1
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-3 6-2
Patricia Maria tip (ROU) defeated Mona Barthel (GER) 7-6 6-3

 

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WTA Tour wrap: Kontaveit downs Kenin as Kostyuk and Konjuh clean up at Istanbul

ANOTHER fascinating day of action was had at both the WTA 500 event in Stuttgart, Germany and the WTA 250 event in Istanbul, Turkey, as the Round of 16 continued at both tournaments. Whilst seeds cleaned up the competition at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, it was a different story entirely at the TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship Istanbul, as both of the day’s seeds fell in intriguing results.

Sofia Kenin‘s shocking run of form has continued with another loss, this time to Anett Kontaveit. With just seven wins for the year, Kenin has failed to surpass the Round of 32 since prior to the Australian Open in early February. Conversely, Kontaveit has been fairly consistent and did that again in this encounter to sweep Kenin 7-5 6-4 in just over 90 minutes. Kenin was the only seed to fall on the day as first seed Ash Barty came out flying in her one hour and 24-minute matchup with German hopeful Laura Siegemund, overcoming a second set fight back to claim the 6-0 7-5 victory, though Siegemund’s compatriot and former world number one Angie Kerber was much more successful, cleaning up Georgian Ekaterine Gorgodze 6-2 6-2 for the quickest win of the day, requiring just 72 minutes.

Sixth and seventh seed Czech hard-hitters Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova both reigned supreme as a third Czech in Marketa Vondrousova joined the winners list following a victory over compatriot Marie Bouzkova. Whilst Vondrousova claimed a fairly quick victory in comparision, both Pliskova and Kvitova were taken to three sets by their opposition as German lucky loser Tamara Korpatsch well and truly gave world number nine Pliskova a run for her money in a 7-5 3-6 6-3 clash. Kvitova slumped in the second set before reclaiming momentum to take home a classy win over Maria Sakkari. The remaining win of the day went to Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who disposed of Stefanie Voegele in straight sets 6-4 7-5 to head into the quarter finals.

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

[1] Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-0 7-5
Anett Kontaveit (EST) defeated [3] Sofia Kenin (USA) 7-5 6-4
[6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Tamara Korpatsch (GER) 7-5 3-6 6-3
[7] Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-3 3-6 6-3
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) defeated Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 6-1 7-6
Angelique Kerber (GER) defeated Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) 6-2 6-2
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) defeated Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-4 7-5

 

Both Daria Kasatkina and Wang Qiang fell in straight sets during the Istanbul Round of 16, failing to really challenge their opposition as Marta Kostyuk and Ana Konjuh came out flying and did not back down. Whilst Kasatkina forced a comeback in the second set to Kostyuk, a sloppy error rate left her unable to take advantage of opportunities as she fell 6-3 7-5 in just over 90 minutes. For Wang, it was Konjuh’s continued intensity which left the Chinese eighth seed unable to compete, struggling to retain composure as Konjuh’s consistency proved valuable in the 6-1 6-4 scalp.

In the remaining three games, it took three sets for Katerina Siniakova to overcome Kristina Mladenovic in by far the day’s longest matchup, with the Czech requiring almost two and a half hours to claim the 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory. Whilst Mladenovic made a second set comeback, it was not enough as Siniakova remained composed to save 13 break points and claim seven to take out a controlled victory. Romanian Sorana Cirstea was challenged early by Russian Anastasia Potapova before earning a break in the second and riding out the 7-6(6) 6-4 victory, while Kaia Kanepi was the fifth winner of the day with a 6-4 6-4 sweep of Kazakh Zarina Diyas to claim the quickest win of the day in one hour and 19 minutes.

 

TEB BNP PARIBAS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP ISTANBUL ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

Marta Kostyuk (UKR) defeated [4] Daria Kasatkina (SLO) 6-3 7-5
Ana Konjuh (CRO) defeated  [8] Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-1 6-4
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-4 3-6 6-4
Sorana Cirstea (ROM) defeated Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 7-6 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) defeated Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-4 6-4

Rain delays sees Prague seeds drop in opening round

AN interesting start to the 2020 Prague Open was had yesterday, with the first day of proceedings – and last of qualifiers – delayed by rain and forcing a massive day on what was what meant to be the second day of action.

Among the winning seeds of the day were first, second and third seeds in Simona Halep, Petra Martic and Elise Mertens, with just Martic coming away unscathed in her two setter against Varvara Gracheva in just under two hours. Halep and Mertens played in the two longest matches of the day, with Polona Hercog challenging the second in the world and snatching a second set 6-1 victory from Halep to turn the tables after a struggle in the first set. The two players were evenly matched in the third set with neither willing to give, seeing Halep run away with victory in the third set tie-breaker, 6-1 1-6 7-6. Mertens’ Italian opposition in Jasmine Paolini clearly benefited off her Palermo Open berth last week, taking the third seed to a hefty two-hour and 40-minute match, unable to back up her second set comeback. Mertens’ clinical take saw her maintain control even in her losing set, coming away with the 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory.

Carrying over from the previous day, Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Tamara Korpatsch went head to head with Ruse defeating the third seed qualifier and then having to back up and play a second match for the day against Magdalena Frech. While Ruse challenged Frech in the first set she struggled to maintain intensity in the second, going down in straight sets. Also carrying over from day one was a clash between Czech compatriots 15-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova and Kristyna Pliskova, with Fruhvirtova unlucky to draw Pliskova in her main draw debut, going down 6-2 7-5 after sitting 3-2 in the first set before the delay on day three. 

Two more games were suspended and expected to pick back up tomorrow, with Tamara Zidansek and Katerina Siniakova stealing a set apiece in their clash before the halt in proceedings, while Laura Siegemund lost the first set in her clash with Mayar Sherif but sat 4-0 up in the second when the match was called off. The German will hope the delay will not affect her performance, ranking 107 ahead of her Republic of Egypt opposition. As for completed matches, four seeds dropped in straight sets, all going down to their lower ranked opposition. The biggest win went to Irina-Camelia Begu, defeating ninth seed Anastasija Sevastova in just 68 minutes, 6-2 6-2, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova put up a tough battle in the first set against Arantxa Rus but struggled to maintain it in the second going down 7-5 6-2. Both Barbora Strycova and Ekaterina Alexandrova also failed in their pursuit, with Strycova’s match against Sara Sorribes Tormo going over two hours, with the Spaniard trailing 0-5 in the first set before overcoming the Czech in a huge 7-6 6-1 comeback. Meanwhile Alexandrova was a relative easybeat despite her fifth seeding, downed by Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-4.

In other matches, Barbora Krejcikova never looked like losing to Patricia Maria Tig despite the Romanian’s intensity while, like Paolini, Camila Giorgi used her Palermo court time as an advantage against Marta Kostyuk, and despite dropping the first set came out with a vengeance for the 4-6 6-2 7-6 victory. Ana Bogdan collected the most significant win of the day, defeating Australian Storm Sanders and only dropping a game in each set, while 19-year-old Leonie Kung defeated Spaniard Aliona Bolsova in just under 80 minutes.

Rain halts everything in Prague bar red-hot Eugenie Bouchard

FORMER top five player, Eugenie Bouchard has sent a message to the world that she might not be done just yet, with the 26-year-old winding back the clock in Prague for the only completed main draw match today. While rain interrupted matchplay and forced a qualifying match to be suspended, it was not before the world number 330 trounced eighth seed Russian, Veronika Kudermetova.

Bouchard has been heavily criticised over the past few years for focusing on her modelling career over her tennis one, with the Canadian touted as a potential Grand Slam winner as a teenager, but fell down the rankings over time to the point where only wildcards helped her secure main draw spots. Whatever she did over the break clearly worked, because she completely destroyed the world number 40, winning 6-0 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes. It is a crucial win for the Canadian wildcard who chose to play the European circuit over the American one and as rain halted play she will have an extra day to rest on her competitors.

All eyes were on court to see how the Canadian might return after a long lay-off and she stunned the crowd with a complete domination in the first set, winning winning 28 of a possible 42 points in the set, including 13 of 18 off Kudermetova’s serve. While the Russian did enough to create four break points off Bouchard’s inconsistent serving efficiency of 45.8 per cent, the Canadian saved all four, and instead broke on three of six occasions herself. Kudermetova served at an elite 77.8 per cent, but could not seem to win a trick on serve in the first set, not managing a game in a 6-0 trouncing.

The second set was much more even, with Kudermetova going up a gear, but Bouchard getting her serve to click. She produced five aces – after none in the first set – and served at 66.7 per cent efficiency. Crucially, the Canadian won 77.3 per cent of her first serve points, only dropping a total of 10 points all up on her serve, and saving the one break point opportunity the eighth seed had. Kudermetova also lifted her serving success rate on her first and second serve up to above 60 per cent, but dropped the only break point opportunity handed to the Canadian, which ultimately cost her the match, going down 6-0 6-2.

Bouchard now can wait at least a full day until having to take on the winner over Slovenian, Tamara Zidansek or Czech Republic, Katerina Siniakova in the Round of 16. Rain has really caused issues for the Prague competitors, with only Kristyna Pliskova and 15-year-old Czech compatriot, Linda Fruhvirtova‘s match getting underway, with Pliskova up 3-2 in a main draw debut that the teenager is unlikely to forget anytime soon. The most unlucky from the rain delay will be the winner of Elena Gabriela Ruse and Tamara Korpatsch, with the pair battling it out for the last main draw spot. Ruse is currently leading 5-4 in the first set, but there might be no rest for the winner, with a number of qualifiers expected to front up later on in day two.