Kai Kanebe’s encounter with Nuria Barezas Diaz was full of twists and turns. The Estonian tennis player, who will compete with Beatrice Haddad-May, has won the WTA 500 tournament in Eastbourne.

Łukasz Iwanek

Kaya Kanebi

PAP / EPA / DEAN LEWINS / Pictured: Kaya Kanepi

On Sunday, the 47th edition of the WTA Championships began in Eastbourne. Kaia Kanepi (WTA 41) advanced to the second round, winning 6:7 (4), 6:4, 6:4 by Nuria Barezas-Diaz (WTA 52). There were a lot of ups and downs in the game. In the first set, the Estonian lost the lead 4: 1. She had three set pieces, one in the tenth inning and two in the twelfth.

In the second match there was one break scored by Kanepi at 4:3. In the third set, the Estonian lost 0:3 to score six of the next seven matches. The match lasted two hours and 26 minutes. In the second round, Canepe will face Beatrice Haddad Maya. The Brazilian has not lost in 10 matches. On the grass, she won championships in Nottingham and Birmingham.

Marta Kostiuk (WTA 78) smashed Viktorija Golubić (WTA 51) 6:2, 6:1 in 62 minutes. The Ukrainian scored 24 of 32 points with her first pass. I used five points out of six breaks. Her next competitor will be the Czech Barbora Krejicova. Sarah Sorribes (WTA 42) beat Miss Udvardy (WTA 97) 6-3, 6-0. At 75 minutes, the Spaniard traded seven out of 10 breakout opportunities.

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Shelby Rogers (WTA 39) won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 with Marie Pozkova (WTA 64). In the match that lasted two hours and 22 minutes, the American defended 11 out of 16 breaks and took six out of 10 break opportunities to break the ball. In the second round, he will face Tunisian Anas Jaber, who won the title in Berlin on Sunday.

Katie Poulter (141 WTA) beat Teresa Martinkova (WTA 56) 7:5, 7:6 (5). In an hour and 58 minutes, the Briton scored 36 out of 47 points with her first pass. She had four breakthroughs. In the second round, she will be in competition with Karolina Pliskova, who triumphed at Eastbourne in 2017 and 2019.

Rothesay International Eastbourne, Eastbourne (UK)
WTA 500, grass field, total prize money of 757.9 thousand. dollar
Sunday 19 June

First round of singles:

Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) v Nuria Barezas-Diaz (Spain) 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4
Marta Kostiuk (Ukraine) – Viktorija Golubić (Switzerland) 6:2, 6:1
Lauren Davis (US) vs. Elena Gabriella Ross (Romania) 6:4, 6:4
Sarah Sorribes (Spain) – Miss Udvardi (Hungary) 6-3, 6-0
Shelby Rogers (USA) – Marie Pozkova (Czech Republic) 3:6, 6:3, 6:4
Katie Poulter (UK, World Cup) Teresa Martinkova (Czech Republic) 7-5, 7-6 (5).

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