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The event is being held in Canada for the first time since 2019. At the time, in Toronto, Bianca Andreescu (WTA 8) was the best. The hosts have been waiting for the tennis player’s victory since 1969, when Faye Urban won. Last season, the tournament did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Andreescu began the fight to defend the title with a 6:1, 3:6, 6:3 defeat of Harriet Dart (172nd World Tennis Championships).
Confidently winning the first set, Andreescu was unable to break her opponent in the second set. Dart used the break point at 3:1 and did not give up the advantage. In the third match, the Canadian lost the service in a 1-1 draw, but five of the next six matches were won.
In the two-hour, two-minute match, the Canadian was broken three times, and she herself used five of her seven break points. I got 10 points more than the dart (88-78). This was the first meeting of these tennis players on the WTA Tour, and the third overall (balance 2-1 for Andreescu).
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Petra Kvitova (WTA 12) returned 0-3 in the second set and won 6-4 6-4 over Fiona Ferro (WTA 84). In 89 minutes, the Czech played eight aces and scored 27 out of 38 with her first pass. I saved three of the four break points and had three breaks. In Canada, Kvitova won the title in 2012. Her next opponent will be Argentinian Nadia Podroska or Italian Camila Giorgi.
Victoria Azarenka (WTA 15) defeated Sorana Kirstia (WTA 40) 6:2, 6:2 in 74 minutes. The Belarusian cut nine out of 10 break points and changed five out of 11 break chances. In the first round, Weronika Kudermetowa (WTA 33) was born from 1:4 in the third set and won 1:6, 6:2, 6:4 Julia Putincewa (WTA 36). The next opponent of the Russians will be Maria Scarry of Greece. Azarenka awaits the winner of the 1/8 finals.
Ludmiła Samsonowa (WTA 52) won 6:4, 5:7, 6:4 with Jelena Rybakina (WTA 19) after two hours and eight minutes. Kazaszaka sent 16 aces, eight of them in the second set. The Russian made 10 double faults but also scored 43 of 51 points with her first pass. I hit six of the eight break points and had three breaks.
Daria Kasatkina (WTA 27) defeated Petra Martic (WTA 34) 7:5, 6:3. Within 85 minutes, the Russian woman used five break points out of six. And he will play in the second round against Tunisian Anas Jaber. Andreescu awaits the best of this pair in the 1/8 finals.
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Second round of singles:
Bianca Andreescu (Canada 2) B Harriet Dart (GBQ) 6-1 3-6 6-3
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 7) beat Fiona Ferro (France) 6-4, 6-4
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus, 8) beat Sorana Kirstia (Romania) 6-2, 6-2
First round of singles:
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia, 10) beat Caroline Garcia (France) 6-4, 6-4.
Lyudmila Samsonova (Russia) beat Yelena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 12) 6:4, 5:7, 6:4.
Daria Kasatkina (Russia) – Petra Martic (Croatia) 7-5, 6-3
Daniel Collins (USA) – Jill Tishman (Switzerland) 4:6, 6:1, 6:3
Veronika Kudermova (Russia) – Julia Potinsua (Kazakhstan) 1: 6, 6: 2, 6: 4
Sarah Sorribes (Spain) defeated Carol Gao (Canada) 6-2, 6-3
Donna Vekic (Croatia) beat Alison van Uytvanck (Belgium, Q) 6-1, 6-2
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