American Alison Riske and Italian Yasmine Paolini start the WTA 250 Championships in Linz. Roman met competitor Simon Halep.

Łukasz Iwanek

Simona Halep

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The 35th edition of the event started in Linz on Sunday. Alison Riske (WTA 52) made a good start by defeating Mona Barthel (WTA 189) 6-3, 6-1. In 69 minutes, the American defended five of his seven break points and used six of 12 breakout opportunities.

Simona Halep’s first challenger will be Alaksandra Sasnowicz (WTA 88), who won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Fiona Ferro (WTA 105) after 1 hour and 49 minutes. The Belarusian woman made the request four times, and she herself exchanged seven of the 12 occasions for a break. It scored eight points more than the French (81-73).

Yasmine Paolini (WTA 51) won 6:4, 3:6, 6:2 with Dajana Gastremska (WTA 100). In the match that lasted two hours and 14 minutes, the Ukrainian sent seven aces, but only used three of his 12 break points. The Italian took advantage of five of his 16 break points.

Saisai Zheng (WTA 87) returned from 0-3 in the first set and defeated Clara Burel (WTA 77) 6-4, 6-1. In 85 minutes, both players had six speed break points. The Chinese woman only lost service once, and suffered five violations herself. In the second round, he will face Paolini.

Linz for women in Upper Austria, Linz (Austria)
WTA 250, hard court in the hall, prize pool 235.2 thousand. dollar
Sunday 7 November

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First round of singles:

Jasmine Paolini (Włochy, 7) – Dajana Jastremska (Ukraine) 6:4, 3:6, 6:2
Alison Riske (USA, 8) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-3, 6-1
Saisai Zheng (China) defeated Clara Borrell (France) 6-4, 6-1
Alexandra Sosnowicz (Belarus) – Fiona Ferro (France) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

a lot for free: Emma Raducano (UK, 1/wc); Simona Halep (Romania, 2 / WC); Daniel Collins (USA, 3); Veronika Kudermova (Russia, 4)

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