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WTA Tour wrap: Jabeur and Sharma to face off in Charleston as Billie Jean King Cup playoff winners decided

ONS Jabeur and Astra Sharma will face off in the MUSC Health Women’s Open final after the respective players toppled their opponents overnight in the semi-finals. Top seed Jabeur continued her steam-rolling of opponents with a 6-3 6-0 smashing of Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, reversing the result of last tournament, when Kovinic won in straight sets. The one-sided result threw back to Budapest in 2018 when Jabeur won in their other encounter 6-2 6-1.

In this match, Jabeur needed 89 minutes to win and dominated from midway through the first set to cruise to the easy victory, breaking a hopping seven times – bringing up 17 break point chances – whilst only dropping her own serve twice. She won 65 per cent of her first serve points to Kovinic’s 45 per cent, and whilst she struggled off her second serve (43.3 per cent), Kovinic won even less with just a 32.3 per cent success rate.

Sharma had a tougher first set against Colombian teenager Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano. The latter was coming off her maiden title last start, and was bringing it to Sharma in the first set, as the Australian needed to win 7-5 in the tiebreaker. From there she won six of the next seven games to get up 7-6 6-1 and book her spot in the final. Also yet to win a title at WTA Tour level in the singles format, Sharma is a one-time finalist at Bogota in 2019, where she also won the doubles title at that event. At 25-years-old, Sharma still remains outside the the Top 100, but will be eyeing off a place inside with this run at the tournament.


[1] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Danka Kovinic (MCE) 6-3 6-0
Astra Sharma (AUS) defeated Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano (COL) 7-6 6-1



The favourites managed to get up on the second day of the Billie Jean King Cup, with Poland, Kazakhstan and Netherlands holding off some stiff resistance from underdogs, Brazil, Argentina and China to advance through to the next stage where they will have the chance to enter the World Group of the 2022 cup.

Youngster Maria Lourdes Carle almost single-handedly defeated Kazakhstan with a win over Yulia Putintseva to back up her upset of Elena Rybakina the day before, but unfortunately Roland Garros semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska went down in both of her singles matches. The pair were then outclassed by more experienced doubles combination Anna Danilina and Yaroslava Shvedova in the deciding doubles, 6-0 7-5.

Netherlands took the risk of not having Kiki Bertens play out the day two singles and it almost cost them, with Wang Xiyu knocking off Lesley Pattinama Kerkhov after defeating Arantxa Rus on day one to lead China to a 2-1 lead. Luckily Rus bounced back with a win over Wang Xinyu, then teamed up with Demi Schuurs to win the doubles match, and the tie for her nation, 3-2.

Meanwhile Poland got up over Brazil in a five-tie result, with Magdalena Frech doing all the heavy lifting, defeating Laura Pigossi – who knocked off Urszula Radwanska on day one – and then combined with Katarzyna Kawa to triumph in the doubles, while Carolina Melgeni Rodrigues Alves won her singles against Kawa and the opening set of double with Luisa Stefani, but the Brazilian pairing fell in three sets, 1-6 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile in more one-sided results, Great Britain wrapped up its tie against Mexico despite Marcela Zacarias upsetting Heather Watson. Katie Boulter brought the team home with a straight sets win over Giuliana Olmos. Anastasija Sevastova wrapped up an easy tie for Latvia against India, as Elisabetta Cocciaretto did the same in a tight encounter against Colombia’s Mihaela Buzarnescu, 7-5 7-6 following Elena Gabriela Ruse‘s win over Jasmine Paolini.

Unsurprisingly, Ukraine and Canada both won 4-0 in comfortable wins over Serbia and Japan, though Elina Svitolina was forced into three sets by Japanese talent Yuki Naito with the match going 6-2 4-6 7-6, while Leylah Fernandez came from behind against Nina Stojanovic to hand the North American nation the victory 6-3 3-6 6-4.


Picture credit: Adam Nurkiewicz

WTA Tour wrap: Jabeur dominates in Charleston as China and Argentina worry big guns in Billie Jean Cup

TOP seed Ons Jabeur has flexed her muscles with a 48-minute demolition job of Japan’s Nao Hibino to reach the semi-finals of the MUSC Health Women’s Open in Charleston. Jabeur only dropped one game in the 6-0 6-1 domination at the WTA 250 event to be the raging favourite in the tournament. The Tunisian restricted the Japanese talent to just 13 points on Hibino’s serve during the smashing, as she eyes off a potential maiden WTA Tour.

The 26-year-old is at a career-high 27th in the world and will surpass that, having had a huge last 18 months on the Tour. She will take on Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic who is also title-less at WTA Tour level, with the world number 65 upsetting third seed Shelby Rogers in straight sets. After a tight first set, Kovinic ran away with it in the second set to triumph 7-5 6-1 in 70 minutes.

Also moving through to the next round was Australian Astra Sharma who toppled 15-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova, 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 24 minutes. Sharma is ranked 165th in the world and yet to secure a singles title on Tour, though is eyeing off a return to the Top 100. She will take on Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano, who won against Danish teenager Clara Tauson, 6-4 1-0 before the latter was forced to retire from the quarter final.


[1] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-0 6-1
Danka Kovinic (MNE) defeated [3] Shelby Rogers (USA) 7-5 6-1
Astra Sharma (AUS) defeated Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) 6-4 6-3
Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano (COL) defeated Clara Tauson (DEN) 6-4 1-0 RET


The return of the Billie Jean King Cup (formerly the Federation Cup) has got underway with the eight playoff matches taking place across the world. Three of them are locked at one match a piece after day one of three, with the other five going 2-0 in favour of the leader after the opening singles matches.

In Poland, Magdalena Frech got the home nation off to the perfect start against Brazil’s Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves, with a one-hour and 28-minute win, 6-4 6-3. Brazil’s Laura Pigossi stunned Urszula Radwanska in the second match however, needing almost three hours to knock out the former Top 30 player, winning 7-6 3-6 6-2, including a whopping 11-9 opening set tiebreaker.

Argentina and Kazakhstan were also level after two singles matches, featuring some seriously high quality players. A stunning turnaround for Yulia Putintseva saw her take down French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska in three sets, 2-6 6-4 6-0 to give the visitors the lead. However the biggest upset of perhaps the tournament was Maria Lourdes Carle three-set victory over Elena Rybakina. The 21-year-old Argentinian got the job done over the Top 20 talent in her home nation to level the tie at 1-1.

The other 1-1 tie is between Netherlands and China, with a full-strength Dutch side not having it all their own way against a young Chinese outfit. Despite playing on the indoor clay at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Dutch remain level with China despite Kiki Bertens‘ 6-2 6-0 rout of 19-year-old 146th ranked Wang Xinyu in the opening match of the tie. The tighter match was between the 83rd ranked Arantxa Rus and 134th ranked Wang Xiyu, with the 20-year-old getting it done against Rus, winning 6-1 3-6 6-2 in just under two hours.

Elsewhere, the ties all went 2-0, led by Elina Svitolina who has steered Ukraine to a dominant lead alongside 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk who feasted on an inexperienced and youthful Japanese outfit. Canada is upsetting Serbia after a day, with 30-year-old Rebecca Marino toppling Nina Stojanovic in straight sets 6-4 7-6, while Leylah Fernandez won in a three-set thriller over Olga Danilovic.

A full-strength Great Britain led by Heather Watson and Katie Boulter have cruised to a 2-0 lead over Mexico in London, while Jelena Ostapenko got more than she bargained for against Indian 174th ranked Ankita Raina, needing three sets and two hours and 25 minutes to grab the victory, before Anastasija Sevastova had an easy win over world number 621 Karman Kaur Thandi in the second match to lead Latvia to a 2-0 start. Finally, Italy is out to a 2-0 lead in Romania after Martina Trevisan won in three hours and seven minutes over Mihaela Buzarnescu, and Elisabetta Cocciaretto proved too good for Irina Maria Bara.

Picture credit: MUSC Health Women’s Open / Chris Smith

WTA Tour wrap: Americans dominate in Charleston as three-setters set the tone in Bogota

THE WTA Tour 500 and 250 events in Charleston, USA and Bogota, Colombia have continued, with results coming through from America across both the Round of 64 and Round of 32 whilst the Copa Colsanitas has now completed its first round proceedings.

At Charleston, just two seeds participated in the day’s Round of 64 action whilst the second round also began with all three seeds reigning supreme to head straight to the Round of 16. Every match was complete in straight sets on a relatively straightforward day of action. It was just 12th seed Ons Jabeur who made her mark with a sweeping 6-2 6-2 victory over Italian Martina Trevisan in just 58 minutes – the quickest result of the day. Zhang Saisai was not quite as lucky though, with the Chinese 16th seed falling to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-3 6-1 in just 66 minutes, whilst Sloane Stephens knocked out the other Chinese competitor on the day in Wang Xinyu. Stephens was one of four Americans to reign supreme on the day, joined by Shelby RogersEmma Navarro and Hailey Baptiste in the second round, with the latter downing a fourth compatriot in Caroline Dolehide in the process. In other results, Liudmila SamsonovaAnastasija Sevastova and Danka Kovinic all head to the second round.

In the day’s Round 2 proceedings, third seed Petra Kvitova, sixth seed Garbine Muguruza and 11th seed Yulia Putintseva all reigned supreme in straight sets to head to the Round of 16, downing yesterday’s Round of 64 winners in Storm SandersMagdalena Frech and Zarina Diyas, respectively.


[12] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Martina Trevisan (ITA) 6-2 6-2
Leylah Fernandez (CAN) defeated [16] Zhang Saisai (CHN) 6-3 6-1
Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-4 6-3
Hailey Baptiste (USA) defeated Caroline Dolehide (USA) 6-3 6-3
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-2 6-1
Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-2 6-4
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) defeated Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 6-3 6-3
Danka Kovinic (MON) defeated Gabriela Talaba (ROM) 7-6 6-4
Emma Navarro (USA) defeated Renata Zarazua (MEX) 6-4 6-3


[3] Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Storm Sanders (AUS) 7-6 6-2
[6] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-1 6-3
[11] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) defeated Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-2 6-2


At the WTA 250 event in Bogota, Colombia, proceedings went very differently with plenty of tight battles ensuing. Of the five seeds, just two fell with second seed Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo falling to Italian Sara Errani in a closely fought 7-5 7-5 encounter, whilst teenaged fourth seed Clara Tauson went down to Chilean Daniela Seguel in three sets, 3-6 6-3 6-2. Dutch third seed Arantxa Rus boasted the longest victory of the day in a marathon encounter with Irina Bara, with the Romanian challenging Rus the entire way in the 6-4 5-7 6-4 matchup which lasted two hours and 35 minutes. That was not the only plus-two-hour match of the day though, with Errani and Seguel both required to take over two hours to dispose of their respective seeded opposition, as did seventh seed Tereza Martincova in her 4-6 6-4 6-4 matchup with Leonie Kung, and Giulia Gatto-Monticone in her 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Australian Astra Sharma.

Comparatively, Lara Arruabarrena completed the quickest win of the day in just 50 minutes, 6-0 6-1 over hometown hope Jessica Plazas, whilst fifth seed Tamara Zidansek was challenged in the second set by Anna Kalinskaya in their 6-0 7-5 encounter. Harmony Tan and Maria Camila Osorio Serrano were the last two winners of the Round of 32, looking to continue their form in the second round.


Sara Errani (ITA) defeated [2] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 7-5 7-5
[3] Arantxa Rus (NED) defeated Irina Bara (ROM) 6-4 5-7 6-4
Daniela Seguel (CHI) defeated [4] Clara Tauson (DEN) 3-6 6-3 6-2
[5] Tamara Zidansek (SLO) defeated Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-0 7-5
[7] Tereza Martincova (CZE) defeated Leonie Kung (SUI) 4-6 6-4 6-4
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) defeated Jessica Plazas (COL) 6-0 6-1
Harmony Tan (FRA) defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) 6-3 6-3
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) defeated Sachia Vickery (USA) 6-3 6-2
Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) defeated Astra Sharma (AUS) 4-6 7-5 6-1

WTA Miami Open 1000: Trio of seeds downed in three sets as second round completed

THREE out of the four seeds defeated in the second round of the 2021 WTA Tour’s Miami Open 1000 event were knocked out in close contests, going down in three sets. Tenth seed Kiki Bertens was the highest ranked seed to fall, though she was incredibly disappointing yet again, continuing her poor 2021 form to lose 6-1 6-2 to Russian Liudmila Samsonova. The other seeds to be knocked out in tighter contests were 13th seed Jennifer Brady, 20th seed Petra Martic and 26th seed Yulia Putintseva.

Spanish talent Sara Sorribes Tormo proved too good for Australian Open finalist Brady, winning in a come-from-behind victory, 3-6 6-4 6-1. It was a similar story for both Russian Anna Kalinskaya and Serbian Nina Stojanovic, who also triumphed in three-set come-from-behind matches. Kalinskaya knocked off Martic 5-7 6-2 7-6, while Stojanovic took out Putintseva, 5-7 7-5 6-2. The quartet of unseeded players were the only ones to advance on the day, with the remaining matches won by the higher ranked seeds.

At the top of the list was second seed Naomi Osaka who saved set points in the first set to put away plucky Australian Ajla Tomlljanovic in the Japanese star’s first match since her Australian Open triumph. Osaka won 7-6 6-4 and managed to get it done in straight sets, whilst the previous Australian Open winner had it much tougher. Fourth seed Sofia Kenin needed three sets to overcome German Andrea Petkovic, dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, before running away with it 6-7 6-1 6-3. Anett Kontaveit also needed three sets in her win over Sorana Cirstea, while Ons Jabeur held off a determined Paula Badosa in the tightest contest of the day, 7-6 5-7 7-5 to advance through to the Round of 32.

“This is my first match since Australia, so I just really wanted to play well,” Osaka said post-match. “I kind of feel like I’m at home here, because I grew up [near here] for most of my life.”

The other seeds were able to get up in straight sets, with Karolina Pliskova having a confidence-boosting 6-1 6-1 thrashing over China’s Zheng Saisai, with Elena Rybakina, Elise Mertens and Maria Sakkari having similar one-sided results during their second round wins. Amanda Anisimova knocked off Sloane Stephens in the battle of the Americans 6-3 6-3, while Jessica Pegula joined Anisimova in the next round, with the American winning 6-3 6-4 over Australian Storm Sanders. In other results, Canadian Bianca Andreescu, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and Belgian Elise Mertens also all won to book their spots in the next round, in what was an entertaining day of play at Miami.


[2] Naomi Osaka (JPN) defeated Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 7-6 6-4
[4] Sofia Kenin (USA) defeated Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-7 6-1 6-3
[6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-2 6-1
[8] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) defeated Tereza Martincova (CZE) 7-6 6-0
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated [10] Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-2 6-1
[12] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) defeated Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-4 6-1
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) defeated [13] Jennifer Brady (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-1
[16] Elise Mertens (BEL) defeated Katie Boulter (GBR) 6-4 6-1
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated [20] Petra Martic (CRO) 5-7 6-2 7-6
[21] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) defeated Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-4 6-0
[22] Anett Kontaveit (EST) defeated Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-3 4-6 6-3
[23] Maria Sakkari (GRE) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-2 6-3
Nina Stojanovic (SRB) defeated [26] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 5-7 7-5 6-2
[27] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Paula Badosa (ESP) 7-6 5-7 7-5
[28] Amanda Anisimova (USA) defeated Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-3 6-3
[29] Jessica Pegula (USA) defeated Storm Sanders (AUS) 6-3 6-4

WTA Miami Open 1000: Americans fall on day one as qualifiers continue hunt for main draw entry

WHILST qualifying rounds are still being complete, the WTA Tour Miami Open 1000 event has officially begun, with intriguing results pouring out already on the first day of competition.

The top ranked player of the day was Shelby Rogers, and the homegrown hope was the only United States talent to proceed to the second round as a whopping six compatriots fell. While the fall of Madison Brengle was down to Rogers’ 6-3 6-3 sweep, the most high profile loss went to three-time Miami champion Venus Williams who was disposed of by Kazakh Zarina Diyas 6-2 7-6(10), as 16-year-old Katrina Scott went down 6-2 6-2 in the quickest match of the day to Sorana Cirstea, with the Romanian needing just 60 minutes to collect the win. Losses to Lauren DavisRobin Montgomery and Christina McHale completed the United States’ day, with Russia also proving unlucky on day one as Anastasia Potapova and Anna Blinkova both fell.

Looking to successful performers on the opening day, and the likes of Paula Badosa were fortunate to remain in the draw, with the Spaniard winning through in strange circumstances as her Swiss opposition in Jil Teichmann retired despite leading the first set, whilst Barbora Krejcikova and Magda Linette completed the only three set wins of the day against Blinkova and Montgomery, respectively. Krejcikova’s victory was the only match to go over two hours at two hours and three minutes, though the 6-3 7-5 matchup between Laura Siegemund and McHale came close coming down to one hour and 58 minutes.

In the remaining matches, Arantxa RusWang Xinyu and Nadia Podoroska all reigned supreme in their respective outings, with all three straight sets sweeps completed well within 90 minutes.


Paula Badosa (ESP) defeated Jil Teichmann (SUI) 5-6 RET
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) defeated Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 7-5 6-0
Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated Madison Brengle (USA) 6-3 6-3
Arantxa Rus (NED) defeated Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 6-3 6-2
Kaia Kanepi (EST) defeated Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3 7-5
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) defeated Venus Williams (USA) 6-2 7-6
Wang Xinyu (CHN) defeated Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-2 6-2
Nadia Podoroska (ARG) Mayar Sherif (EGY) 6-3 6-1
Sorana Cirstea (ROM) defeated Katrina Scott (USA) 6-2 6-2
Magda Linette (POL) defeated Robin Mongomery (USA) 6-1 3-6 6-0
Laura Siegemund (GER) defeated Christina McHale (USA) 6-3 7-5
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) defeated Anna Blinkova (RUS) 6-1 3-6 6-3

For the remainder of the men’s and women’s qualifiers, results went as unpredictable as ever with just one of the women’s top 10 seeds heading through to the main draw, as seventh seed Nina Stojanovic defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands, while Kirsten Flipkens (fourth seed), Tamara Zidansek (fifth) and Varvara Gracheva (sixth) all fell at the second hurdle. The men’s proceedings were just as interesting, with top two Mackenzie McDonald and Thiago Seyboth Wild both reigning supreme, while four top 10 seeds fell. Both wildcards in Mischa Zverev and Shintaro Mochizuki proceed to the main draw.

WTA Tour wrap: Russia dominate St Petersburg as qualifiers reign supreme in Monterrey

IT was a massive day on court for Russia at St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, with all four home nation players advancing through to the quarter finals, while the rest of the Round of 32 were completed at the Abierto GNP Seguros, and the Round of 16 underway.

It was a quadruple treat in St Petersburg for the home fans as four Russians booked their spots in the quarter finals courtesy of wins in the Round of 16 overnight. Top seed Ekaterina Alexandrova led the charge with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Czech Tereza Martincova, followed by fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova‘s straight sets win over Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu, 6-1 7-5.

The big upset was veteran Vera Zvonareva‘s come-from-behind epic match against third seed Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro. Zvonareva needed three hours and 10 minutes to finally shake off Ferro, winning 6-7 7-5 7-6. Having dropped the first set in a heartbreaking 8-6 result, the Russian bounced back to take the second set 7-5, then held on in the third set tiebreaker to win that 7-3.

In other results, the fourth Russian to win was Anastasia Gasanova who knocked off Ukrainian Katarina Zavatska in three sets, 6-2 6-7 7-5, while Romanian qualifier Jaqueline Cristian upset sixth seed Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, winning 6-3 7-6 in just under two hours of action in the late match.


[1] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-3 6-4
[WC] Vera Zvonareva (RUS) defeated [3] Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6-7 7-5 7-6
[4] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) defeated [Q] Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-1 7-5
[Q] Jaqueline Cristian (ROU) defeated [6] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-4 7-6
Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) defeated Katarina Zavatska (UKR) 6-2 6-7 7-5


Due to the time difference in publishing, the Abierto GNP Seguros Round of 32 results were completed later yesterday, with a couple of huge upsets in the opening round of action. Both the second seed and sixth seed were ousted by qualifiers later in the day, with only the one seed – having to come from behind – advancing into the second round to play later today.

That seed was seventh seed Sara Sorribes Tormo who defeated Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in three sets, 5-7 6-2 6-4 to advance through to the Round of 16 after an epic battle. The news was not as good for fellow seeds, second seed Nadia Podoroska and sixth seed Anna Blinkova. The Argentinian Podroska lost out to Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya 6-4 6-4, while the Russian Blinkova was overcome by Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic, 6-4 6-4. In the other completed Round of 32 match, China’s Zhu Lin defeated Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 7-5 7-6.

The Round of 16 matches got underway this morning, with Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova getting the first up win over lucky loser Harriet Dart, 6-4 6-3. It was an important win for Kuzmova who was able to be the first player to secure her spot in the quarter finals. In the second match, Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova knocked off Italian Jasmine Paolini in three sets, 2-6 6-2 6-2. Two matches were due to be played later today between Slovakian lucky loser Kristina Kucova and Canadian Leylah Fernandez, and Sorribes Tormo and Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan.


Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) defeated [LL] Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-4 6-3
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) defeated Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 2-6 6-2 6-2
[LL] Kristina Kucova (SVK) vs. Leylah Fernandez (CAN)
[7] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) vs. [Q] Kaja Juvan (SLO)


[7] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) defeated [Q] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 5-7 6-2 6-4
[Q] Viktorija Golubic (SUI) defeated [6] Ana Blinkova (RUS) 6-4 6-4
[Q] Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated [2] Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 6-4 6-4
Zhu Lin (CHN) defeated [se] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 7-5 7-6


Picture credit: Jimmie48/WTA

WTA Tour wrap: Russians reign supreme as seeds bow out in Mexico

RUSSIANS proved too strong on home soil at the WTA 500 St. Petersburg event whilst it was a mixed bag of results as seeds fell at the WTA 250 event in Monterrey, Mexico.

Sloane Stephens was the big out on Day 2 at Monterrey, with the out-of-form American top seed disposed on in straight sets by Slovakian Kristina Kucova. With just a 32.4 per cent first serve winning rate and marginally better on her second serve with 33.3 per cent of points won – four from 12 – Stephens never looked like she would take out victory here, wih the appalling service efficiency working the way of Kucova who came away with the 6-2 6-2 victory in 70 minutes. Heather Watson was the second seed to fall on the day, struggling to compete with compatriot Harriet Dart who flew out of the blocks in the 6-4 7-6 encounter, hitting six aces for one double fault throughout compared to Watson’s three and eight. The only seed to complete a win thus far on the day is China’s Zheng Saisai, with the third seed’s consistency and ability to win on serve doing her plenty of favours against Russian Varvara Gracheva, winning 6-3 7-5 in tricky conditions. Meanwhile, the only unseeded encounter that is already complete was played out by Kaja Juvan and Maria Camila Orsorio Serrano, with Juvan reigning supreme 6-4 6-4.

The two matches currently in progress – Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko versus seventh seed Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo and sixth seed Ana Blinkova versus Viktorija Golubic – saw both lower ranked players take out the first set in intriguing results. The following two matches are not set to begin until after 6:00pm local (11:00am AEDT).


Kristina Kucova (SVK) defeated [1] Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2 6-2
[3] Zheng Saisai (CHN) defeated Varvara Gracheva (RUS) 6-3 7-5
Harriet Dart (GBR) defeated [5] Heather Watson (GBR) 6-4 7-6
Kaja Juvan (SRB) defeated Maria Camila Orsorio Serrano (COL) 6-4 6-4
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v. [7] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
[6] Ana Blinkova (RUS) v. Viktorija Golubic (SUI)
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) v. [2] Nadia Podoroska (ARG)
Zhu Lin (CHN) v. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Russians were on the money on home soil at Day 2 of the St. Petersburg Round of 32, as four home hopes proceeded through to the Round of 16 amongst some intriguing results.

Fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and eighth seed Daria Kasatkina were the two expected to reign supreme, but were forced to take their time against their respective opposition in Cagla Buyukakcay and Clara Tauson. Pavlyuchenkova trailed the service game efficiency but overall made better use of her serve, winning of 75 per cent of first serve chances and 62.5 per cent of second serve chances compared to her Turkish opposition to win 6-4 6-4. For Kasatkina, it was a matter of outclassing the 18-year-old Danish talent in Tauson, with the young gun biting back in the second after marginally trailing the first for a 6-4 7-6(0) end result. Also through to the Round of 16 is Margarita Gasparyan, who was the only player to beat a seed on Day 2. Gasparyan flew out of the gates against Kristina Mladenovic, and whilst the first set tiebreaker went to the Frenchwoman, Gasparyan could not be stopped from there winning convincingly, 6-7 6-1 6-1. The fourth Russian in the next round is Kamilla Rakhimova, who defeated compatriot Daria Mishina 6-1 7-6 6-1 for her spot in the Round of 16.

In other matches, two Czech talents prevailed with one getting the win in tight circumstances, whilst the other’s experience was anything but. For Tereza Martincova, a first set 6-0 speedrun against Stefanie Voegele was not enough to secure momentum, taken to another two sets and forced to work for the 6-0 4-6 6-4 victory. Meanwhile, Katerina Siniakova downed Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-2 in the quickest win of the day, just 63 minutes. Comparatively, the two remaining winners completed their respective matches in two hours and 12 minutes each, with Wang Xinyu earning her way to the nxt round with a great 6-1 5-7 7-5 outing against Viktoriya Tomova, whilst Romanian Jacqueline Cristian will go another day after her Belarusian opponent Vera Lapko retired during the third set, despite leading early.


[5] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeated Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 6-4 6-4
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) defeated [7] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-7 6-1 6-1
[8] Daria Kasatkina (RUS) defeated Clara Tauson (DEN) 6-4 7-6
Tereza Martincova (CZE) defeated Stefanie Voegele (AUT) 6-0 4-6 6-4
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Kirsten Flipkens (GER) 6-1 6-2
Wang Xinyu (CHN) defeated Viktoriya Tomova (HUN) 6-1 5-7 7-5
Kamilla Rakhimova (RUS) defeated Daria Mishina (RUS) 6-1 7-6 6-1
Jacqueline Cristian (ROM) defeated Vera Lapko (BLR) 6-7 6-4 2-1

Thailand Open: Martic gone in stunning Round 1 upset

THAILAND Open second favourite, Petra Martic is out of the Hua Hin tournament after losing her first round match yesterday. The Croatian went down to 134th ranked 18-year-old Wang Xiyu of China in straight sets, 6-3 6-4. It leaves the bottom half of the draw wide open on a day where eight Chinese players took to the court across six matches.

In that clash, the world number 15 and second seed was expected to make light work of her opponent, but instead the 29-year-old headed to the changerooms 90 minutes later on the back of a strong performance from Xiyu. The Croatian’s serving was iffy at times, producing just two aces for seven double faults, and had an efficiency of just 58.9 per cent. She won just 63.6 per cent of first serve points, and could only win 23.3 per cent of Xiyu’s first serve points. On the other hand, Xiyu was very efficient, winning 76.6 per cent of her first serve points, saving all six break point opportunities for the top 20 player and then breaking twice herself from only three chances. Each break came at important times to ensure she was always a game ahead, and it showed when she was able to hold serve time and time again and advance to the second round.

Xiyu will now take on Austrian, Barbara Haas who downed Japan’s Chihiro Muramatsu from a set down, 3-6 7-5 6-3. In another big upset, Romania’s Patricia Tig defeated sixth seed Wang Yafan in three sets, while it was better news for third seed, Wang Qiang – the player who defeated Serena Williams at the Australian Open – rolling past compatriot Han Xinyun in less than an hour, 6-1 6-1. In another all Chinese battle, Peng Shuai defeated Yuan Yue 6-1 6-0 in just 47 minutes, the quickest match of the day, while Chinese Taipei’s En-Shuo Liang took just five minutes longer to oust Wang Xinyu, 6-3 6-0. In the remaining results, seventh seed, Zhu Lin defeated Russian Varvara Flink 6-4 6-2, while Poland’s Katarzyna Kawa came back from a set down to trounce India’s Ankita Raina in the last two sets for a 3-6 6-0 6-1 victory.

Just two Round of 32 matches remain for tomorrow’s action as number one seed and tournament favourite, Elina Svitolina and Polish fifth seed Magna Linette play their matches as the Round of 16 commences.

Round of 32 Results:

X. Wang (CHN) defeated [2] P. Martic (CRO) 6-3 6-4
[3] Q. Wang (CHN) defeated X. Han (CHN) 6-1 6-1
P. Tig (ROU) defeated [6] Y. Wang (CHN) 6-1 1-6 7-6
[7] L. Zhu (CHN) defeated V. Flink (RUS) 6-4 6-2
E. Liang (TAI) defeated X. Wang (CHN) 6-3 6-0
S. Peng (CHN) defeated Y. Yuan (CHN) 6-1 6-0
B. Haas (AUT) defeated C. Muramatsu (JPN) 3-6 7-5 6-3
K. Kawa (POL) defeated A. Raina (IND) 3-6 6-0 6-1

Australian Open: Qualifying Round 3 – Final draws done as qualifying concludes

THE last remaining qualifiers earned spots in the 2020 Australian Open main draw with some big wins the final day of qualifying competition. For some, it will mean just a 48-hour rest until they begin again in the field of 128, while for others it is the end of the road after narrowly missing out on a first round spot.


In the men’s finals, number one seed Dennis Novak cruised through to the first round with a 7-6 6-2 victory over Hiroki Moriya. He was the only additional seed to advance on the final day after Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy went down to Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat in straight sets. Also through are the likes of Colombian Daniel Galan and Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor who have been regulars on the ATP Tour for many ears, while American Chris Eubanks took down Belgian Kimmer Commerjans who was considered one likely to make it. Other successful qualifiers were French duo Quentin Halys and Elliot Benchetrit, Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo, Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti and Spain’s Mario Vilella Martinez.

Men’s Finals:

[1] D. Novak (AUT) defeated H. Moriya (JPN) 7-6 6-2
M. Safwat (EGY) defeated [6] E. Donskoy (RUS) 7-5 6-4
C. Eubanks (USA) defeated K. Coppejans (BEL) 6-4 7-6
D. Galan (COL) defeated [WC] A. Vukic (AUS) 6-3 6-2
T. Griekspoor (NED) defeated [WC] L. Musetti (ITA) 6-4 7-6
Q. Halys (FRA) defeated N. Milojevic (SRB) 6-3 7-6
E. Benchetrit (FRA) defeated D. Popko (KAZ) 4-6 6-2 6-3
A. Tabilo (CHI) defeated M. Viola (ITA) 6-2 6-3
M. Trungelliti (ARG) defeated L. Giustino (ITA) 6-2 1-6 7-6
M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) defeated M. Bourgue (FRA) 6-1 6-4

Round 1 Matches involving qualifiers:

[Q] C. Eubanks (USA) vs. [Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER)
[LL] J. Kovalik (SVK) vs. [27] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
[Q] M. Vilella Martinez (ESP) vs. [16] K. Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] E. Gulbis (LAT) vs. [20] F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
[29] T. Fritz (USA) vs. [Q] T. Griekspoor (NED)
[Q] I. Ivashka (BLR) vs. K. Anderson (RSA)
D. Koepfer (GER) vs. [Q] P. Martinez (ESP)
[Q] A. Tabilo (CHI) vs. [Q] D. Galan (COL)
Y. Sugita (JPN) vs. [Q] E. Benchetrit (FRA)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs. [LL] E. Donskoy (RUS)
T. Sandgren (USA) vs. [Q] M. Trungelliti (ARG)
[Q] M. Safwat (EGY) vs. G. Barrere (FRA)
J. Sinner (ITA) vs. [Q] M. Purcell (AUS)
[31] H. Hurkacz (POL) vs. [Q] D. Novak (AUT)
[Q] Q. Halys (FRA) vs. F. Krajinovic (SRB)
T. Ito (JPN) vs. [LL] P. Gunneswaran (IND)

In the women’s finals, it was a different story for the seeds with six seeded players advancing, as well as former top 20 player Johanna Larsson of Sweden. Second seed Nao Hibino had no problems cruising through to the next round with a 6-1 6-2 victory, while 10th seed American Catherine McNally, 13th seed Belgian Greet Minnen and 19th seed Czech Barbora Krejcikova all won through in similar one-sided results. In fact, fifth seed Russian Anna Kalinskaya‘s three-set win over China’s Wang Xingu was the only match that needed a deciding set, with the Russian getting up in the end, 4-6 7-6 6-2. Other qualifiers through to the next round were 18th seed Slovenian Kaja Juvan, and unseeded trio, Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Leylah Fernandez and Antonia Lotter, with the latter knocking out Australia’s last remaining qualifying hope, Destanee Aiava 6-4 6-2.

Women’s Finals:

[2] N. Hibino (JPN) defeated L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-1 6-2
J. Larsson (SWE) defeated [3] V. Gracheva (RUS) 7-5 6-3
[5] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated X. Wang (CHN) 4-6 7-6 6-2
[10] C. McNally (USA) defeated E. Ruse (ROU) 6-1 6-1
[13] G. Minnen (BEL) defeated [32] B. Haas (AUT) 6-2 6-1
[18] K. Juvan (SLO) defeated [6] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-3 6-3
[19] B. Krejcikova (CZE) defeated S. Vickery (USA) 6-3 6-0
E. Cocciaretto (ITA) defeated [23] T. Martincova (CZE) 6-2 6-1
L. Fernandez (CAN) defeated D. Lao (USA) 7-5 7-5
A. Lottner (GER) defeated D. Aiava (AUS) 6-4 6-2

Round 1 Matches involving qualifiers:

A. Sasnovich (BLR) vs. [Q] G. Minnen (BEL)
[Q] N. Hibino (JPN) vs. S. Peng (CHN)
K. Kanepi (EST) vs. [Q] B. Krejcikova (CZE)
P. Badosa (ESP) vs. [Q] J. Larsson (SWE)
S. Zheng (CHN) vs. [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS)
S. Stosur (AUS) vs. [Q] C. McNally (USA)
[Q] A. Li (USA) vs. [WC] L. Cabrera (AUS)
[Q] M. Trevisan (ITA) vs. [14] S. Kenin (USA)
[Q] K. Juvan (SLO) vs. [23] D. Yastremska (UKR)
[Q] L. Samsonova (RUS) vs. J. Ostapenko (LAT)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. [Q] M. Niculescu (ROU)
[Q] H. Dart (GBR) vs. M. Doi (JPN)
L. Davis (USA) vs. [Q] L. Fernandez (CAN)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs. [Q] S. Rogers (USA)
[Q] A. Lottner (GER) vs. C. Giorgi (ITA)
[Q] E. Cocciaretto (ITA) vs. [17] A. Kerber (GER)

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.


[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


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.


[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


[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