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The biggest star of the Chicago event is Elina Switolina (WTA 6). The Ukrainian did not avoid problems in the first round. In the first set of a match against Clara Burrell (WTA 91) of 5:2, she lost five consecutive games. Finally, at 5:7, 6:1, 2:0 points for Suitolina, I scratched French.
In the second round, Suitolina will face another French woman. Fiona Ferro (WTA 80) won in 4:6, 7:5, 6:1 by Della Sotgiade (WTA 366). The Indonesian international led 6:4, 5:4 and served in the promotion, but lost nine out of 10 consecutive matches. In the match that lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes, Ferro saved 15 of 21 break points and used all eight chances to break through.
Chicago’s Venus Williams (WTA 147) made wild card. The former leader lost in the standings 2:6, 3:6 to Su-Wei Hsieh (WTA 81). In 67 minutes, the American used only one of the three break points, and re-ordered four times. Another contender for the Taiwanese will be Teresa Martinkova (WTA 60), who came back from the 3:6, 0:2 situation and won 3:6, 6:3, 6:2 and third seed Sorana Kirstia (WTA 38).
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Marketa Vondrosova (TEN 40) crushed 6:2, 6:0 Quinn Gleeson (WTA 467) in 61 minutes. The Czech player scored seven points out of nine to break the speed and took advantage of seven out of 11 opportunities to break the ball. Viktorija Golubić (WTA 45) returned with a 4-4 lead in the first set and beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (WTA 79) 7-6 (5), 6-3. Kristina Mladenovic (WTA 57) won 6-2 7-6 (3) Zarina Degas (WTA 110). And in the second game, the French lost 0: 3 and saved the set ball in the twelfth half.
Elise Cornet (WTA 68) won 6:7 (8), 6:0, 6:4 against Ann Lee (WTA 67). In the first set, the French missed four set pieces, two in the twelfth game and a tiebreak. In the second match, she gave her opponent only 11 points. In the decisive part, she jumped back to 4-0 and despite chasing the American, she didn’t allow herself to be kept away from the promotion. The match lasted two hours and 53 minutes. Rebecca Peterson (WTA 59) won 7:6 (9), 7:6 (3) with Marie Pozkova (WTA 86). The Swede saved four sets of balls in the first set tiebreak.
Chicago Women’s ChampionshipChicago (USA)
WTA 250, hardcourt, total prize pool 235.2k. dollar
Monday 23 August
First round of singles:
Elina Suitolina (Ukraine, 1 / WC) – Clara Borrell (France, LP) 5:7, 6:1, 2:0 and retired
Marketa Vondrosova (Czech Republic 5) b Quinn Gleeson (USA) 6-2, 6-0
Victoria Golubic (Switzerland, 6) beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (Colombia) 7-6 (5) 6-3.
Kristina Mladenovic (France 7) – Zarina Degas (Kazakhstan) 6:2, 7:6 (3)
Alize Cornet (Franga, 9) – Ann Lee (USA) 6:7 (8), 6:0, 6:4
Teresa Martinkova (Czech Republic) beat Sorana Cerstia (Romania, 3) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Su Wei Hsieh (Taguan) – Venus Williams (USA) 6:2, 6:3
Alison van Uytvanck (Belgium) vs Nao Hibino (Japan) 6:1, 6:3
Rebecca Peterson (Sweden) Punt Marie Pozkova (Czech Republic) 7-6 (9), 7-6 (6)
Fiona Ferro (France) Petit Alida Sutjiadi (Indonesia, Q) 4:6, 7:5, 6:1
Anna Bogdan (Romania, Q) – Heather Watson (UK) 6-2, 1-0, retired
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