Top seed Daria Kasatkina of Germany did not give Andrea Petkovic a chance at the WTA 250 Championships in Bad Homburg. Sloane Stephens, who surprised Britain’s Katie Swan, dropped out of school.

Łukasz Iwanek

Daria Kasatkina

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The second edition of the WTA Championships began in Bad Homburg. Daria Kasatkina (WTA 12) entered the competition with number one. Initially shattered Andrea Petkovic 6:1, 6:2 (WTA 59). At 67 minutes, Roland Garros, who reached the semi-finals this year, missed two of the three break points and used six of the 11 breakout opportunities. In the second round, he will meet with American Claire Liu or German Julie Niemeyer.

Katie Swann (WTA 217) won 2-6 6-4 6-2 Sloane Stephens (WTA 48), the 2017 US Open champion. There were nine breaks in the two-hour match, and five for the Brits. Ludmiła Samsonowa (WTA 29) missed the lead 4:2 in the first set and lost 6:7 (6), 4:6 to Kamilla Rachimowa (WTA 113).

Caroline Garcia (WTA 74) won 2:6, 6:3, 6:4 with Alaksandra Sasnowicz (WTA 38) after 1 hour and 49 minutes. The French served 12 aces and scored 34 of 41 points on her first pass. Lucia Bronzetti (WTA 71) was up front 4:6, 7:5, 2-0 when Kaja Juvan (WTA 60) broke.

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Tamara Zidancic (WTA 58) beat Julia Hasioca (WTA 214) 2:6, 6:1, 6:4. In 1 hour 42 minutes, there were 13 breaks, seven of which were scored by the Slovenian. Ann Lee (WTA 66) beat Anna Bondar (WTA 62) 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 after two hours and eight minutes. The American returned an order once and used two of the eight break points.

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Bad Homburg Open Championship, Bad Homburg (Germany)
WTA 250, grass field, total prize money of 251.7 thousand. dollar
Sunday 19 June

First round of singles:

Daria Kasatkina (1) – Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 6-1, 6-2
Kamilla Rachimowa (Q) – Ludmila Samsonowa (8) 7:6 (6), 6:4
Caroline Garcia (France) – Alaksandra Sasnowicz 2:6, 6:3, 6:4
Tamara Zidansek (Slovenia) beat Julia Hasioca (Q) 2:6, 6:1, 6:4
Ann Lee (USA) – Anna Bondar (Hungary) 7:6 (1), 4:6, 6:1
Lucia Bronzetti (Italy) – Kaja Jovan (Slovenia) 4-6, 7-5, 2-0 and retired.
Katie Swann (UK) beat Sloane Stephens (US) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

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