Maja Chwalińska has already won two ITF World Tennis Tour victories with a prize pool of $100,000 at Britain’s Elkley. For the Polish tennis player, these are the first matches won on grass.
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For Maja Chwalińska (WTA 185), the Ilkley Trophy is only the second tournament on grass in her professional career. In the previous season, only the Polish participated in the qualifiers for the 2021 Grand Slam Wimbledon, where the Frenchwoman Clary Borrell had to admit superiority in the first round.
On Tuesday, Chwalińska scored her first win on grass. Bilzchanka defeated Sweden’s Miriam Björklund (WTA 124) 6:4, 6:1, seeded at number six.
On Thursday, 20-year-old Paul faced Priscilla Hawn (WTA 198), who reached the main class through qualifying. After 100 minutes of equal duel, she defeated our Australian representative 6:3, 7:5 and thanks to that she will face the American third seed Katie Volentes (WTA 121), who is also preparing to qualify for Wimbledon 2022.
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Thursday’s meeting with the Hun could have ended in the Battle of the Three Hundred. However, in the second game, Chwalińska made up for the breakthrough, defending four sets (one in the ninth and three in the tenth inning). The Polish woman coped with the slide perfectly, which gives a huge advantage on the lawn. She won four consecutive matches of Status 3:5, ending the match with the fourth chance.
Chwalińska also played with Ilkley in doubles. Her partner was Natalia Stefanovich. In the first round, Polish-Serbian couple Estelle Cassino and Jessica Bunchet hit the number two seed. The French won the match after two draws 7:6 (2), 7:6 (4).
Ursula Radwijska (WTA 324) also started on grass at Ilkley, but was unsuccessful in qualifying from two stages. The Krakow player defeated Britain’s Emma Wilson (WTA 1100) in the first round after a super tiebreak 6:3, 3:6, 10-4. However, Maja Lumsden (WTA 702) did not live up to the decisive playoffs. The British made up for the set loss and won the Polish 4:6, 6:2, 10-7.
The elliptical cupElkley (UK)
ITF Women’s Circuit, Grass Courts, $100,000 prize pool
Tuesday – Thursday 14-16 June
Second round of singles:
Maja Chwalińska (Poland) – Priscilla Hon (Australia, Q) 6:3, 7:5
First round of singles:
Maja Chualinska (Poland) Miriam Björklund (Sweden, 6) 6-4 6-1
First round of doubles:
Estelle Cassino (France, 2) / Jessica Bunchet (France, 2) – Maja Chualinska (Poland) / Natalia Stefanovic (Serbia) 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4)
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