Canadian tennis player Leila Fernandez, the defending champion, easily coped with her first competition at the WTA 250 Championships in Monterrey. Fierce battle behind the Spaniard Sarah Sorribes.

Łukasz Iwanek

Laila Fernandez

PAP / EPA / JUSTIN LANE / Pictured: Leila Fernandez

The fourteenth edition of the tournament began in Monterrey. Leila Fernandez (WTA 21), the 2021 US Open finalist, was seeded second, initially defeating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA 88) 6-2, 6-2. In 68 minutes, the Canadian scored 24 of 32 points on her first pass and used five of her eight points to break the pace. The other contender for the title of defending champion Fernandez will be Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti or China’s Chinwen Cheng.

Sarah Soribes (WTA 36) won in a ratio of 7:5, 6:7 (2), 6:1 with Camila Rashimoa (WTA 106). In the first set, the Spaniard won four consecutive games of 3:5. In the second game, she did not use the 4:1 lead, and in the third game she dominated the field. In a match that lasted three hours and three minutes, both tennis players had 13 break points. Sorribes passed five times, and she herself took eight breaks.

2016 event champion Heather Watson (WTA 120) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4) beat Jules Niemeyer (WTA 110) after 2 hours 19 minutes. The British scored six points more than the German (101-95). Beatrice Haddad Maya (WTA 69) captured five out of 12 points in the break and defeated Miss Udvardy (WTA 83) 1:6, 6:1, 7:5.

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Marcela Zacharias (WTA 262) qualified for the second round, winning 6:1, 6:7 (3), 6:3 with Emma Navarro (WTA 202). The American led with 1:6, 3:5 the third set. In it, the Mexican crushed their resistance. In the two-and-a-half-hour match, the home team representative scored seven of the 11 break points and converted nine of the 16 points into a break. In the second round, he will meet with Colombian Camila Osorio, the killer of Magdalena Froche.

Abierto GNP SegurosMonterrey (Mexico)
WTA 250, hard court, 239.4k prize pool. dollar
Monday 28 February

First round of singles:

Leila Fernandez (Canada, 2) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-2 6-2.
Sarah Soribes (Spain 4) won Camila Racimoa (Spain 4) 7-5 6-7 (2) 6-1.
Heather Watson (UK) b Julie Niemeyer (Germany, Q) 6-3 2-6 7-6 (4)
Beatrice Haddad Maya (Brazil) beat Miss Udvardi (Hungary) 1:6, 6:1, 7:5
Victoria Tomoa (Bulgaria, Q) – Diane Barry (France, Q) 6:4, 6:0
Harmony Tan (France) – Renata Zarazua (Mexico) 6-0, 1-0, retired.
Marcela Zacharias (Mexico) beat Emma Navarro (USA) 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

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